Matchup: Toronto Raptors at Charlotte Hornets
Records: Raptors (56-23); Hornets (36-42)
Where to Watch
Date: April 5
Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Radio: SN 590
Location: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, NC
How could you forget the last meeting between these two teams?
CAN WE KEEP THIS HIGHLIGHT ON LOOP!? Jeremy Lamb hits the half-court buzzer-beater shot to get the HORNETS VICTORY! #hornets30 @kumhotireusa pic.twitter.com/RXO0DnDKpZ- Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) March 25, 2019
This buzzer-beating half court shot from Jeremy Lamb kept the Hornets postseason hopes alive as the Hornets defeated one of the NBA's best teams on their home court.
They'll need another win tonight if they want to keep their slim playoff dreams going - the Hornets are currently 2.5 games back from the No. 8 seed in the East with only four games remaining.
According to the NBA PR Twitter page, a Charlotte loss and wins from both the Orlando Magic (vs. ATL) and Detroit Pistons (at OKC) would officially eliminate the Hornets from the playoffs.
As for the Raptors, the Milwaukee Bucks clinched the No. 1 seed with their win over the Philadelphia 76ers last night - meaning the Raptors have clinched the No. 2 seed in the East.
Raptors: OG Anunoby (probable; concussion-like symptoms) Patrick McCaw (out; thumb)
Hornets: Marvin Williams (out; foot), Cody Zeller (out; knee)
- The Raptors need to win all three of their final games to match their franchise record of 59 wins from last season.
- The Raptors have won 11 of their last 15 games against the Hornets
- The Raptors have won five consecutive games (Mar. 26 - Apr. 3) - they've hit 85 threes in those five games, a franchise record over a five game stretch
- The Raptors are the only team in the NBA that has a different leader this season in total minutes (Pascal Siakam), points (Kawhi Leonard), rebounds (Serge Ibaka) and assists (Kyle Lowry).
- The Hornets' win over the Raptors in Toronto in their last meeting snapped a five game losing streak to the Raptors.
Last Time They Played
Date: March 24, 2019
Score: Hornets 115, Raptors 114
Raptors: Kawhi Leonard - 28 points, nine rebounds, three assists, two blocks
Hornets: Dwayne Bacon -- 20 points (5 3PM), three rebounds