Toronto fans couldn’t have asked or a better start to the season (3-0). Offensively, they are producing at a pretty good rate with 116, 113, and 117 points. Kawhi Leonard’s tenure has gotten off to a strong start with a pair of double-doubles (he had the night off against Washington). Kyle Lowry has been shooting well, and Danny Green has been a steady, calming presence when on the court.
When the starting five are on the court, the team looks fine. But when the second unit comes in off the bench—well, there is room for improvement.
The Charlotte Hornets (2-1) are a team that man picked during the preseason to break out this season. While it is way too early to tell if they will, there at least appears to be reasons to have hope. They overcame an early deficit in their season opener to give the Milwaukee Bucks a run for their money. They destroyed the Magic and followed that up with a nail-biter against Miami.
Kemba Walker is off to a strong start so far scoring 41, 26, and 39 points in the three games they’ve played. But if the Hornets are going to beat the good teams this season, he will need some help. The team’s second-leading scorer is Malik Monk with 14-15 points a game.
So—who’s going to win?
Toronto will likely try to limit Kemba Walker and make the rest of the Hornets roster beat them—which they are not capable of doing. Toronto’s offence is just too strong for the Hornets to have much luck slowing it down.
Take Toronto (-500) to win over Charlotte (+333) and to beat the spread (9.5). As for the over/under—take the over.