Atlanta Hawks (29-25, 15-15 road) at Toronto Raptors (21-33, 11-14 home)
Time: 4:30 PST, 6:30 CST, 7:30 EST
Place: Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL
TV: BS Southeast, TSN, NBA League Pass
The Atlanta Hawks have won six out of their last seven games after their 105-101 win in Charlotte on Sunday. The Hawks are also enjoying a six-game winning streak against Eastern Conference opposition.
Toronto lost for the third time in four games on Sunday night in New York. The Raptors have been overwhelmed with injuries as four of their top six leading scorers in Pascal Siakam, Kyle Lowry, Fred Van Vleet and OG Anunoby have missed a combined 53 total games. Many, in passing, think that the Raptors problems are that they are not playing in their normal home digs. That’s part of it, no question, but the injury situation is real and the biggest reason why the Raptors are without a solid playoff position.
Atlanta is the 4-seed in the Eastern Conference with a 1.5 games lead while the Raptors are 1.5 games back of 10-seed Chicago, who holds the plays pay-in position.
The Hawks have been on a roll since Nate McMillan took over on March 1 as they are 15-5 amidst all of their own injuries.
- The Hawks are 6-1 ATS in last 7 games
- The OVER has been the call in 7 of the Hawks’ last 10 games
- Atlanta is 4-8 ATS in the last 12 games vs. the Raptors
- The Raptors are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games
- The total has gone OVER in the last 5 Hawks-Raptors games
- The Raptors are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games against Atlanta
Last Time Out:
Bogdan Bogdanovich scored 32 points, including eight threes, and the Hawks overcame a 10-point deficit with seven minutes to play as the Hawks defeated the Hornets, 105-101in Charlotte on Sunday. Clint Capela had a double-double in the first half with 10 points and 12 rebounds as Atlanta broke on top 24-7 n the early going.
The Raptors fell to the Knicks, 102-96, as they rallied from 18-points down and took an 85-81 lead midway through the fourth quarter. Gary Trent, Jr. had 23 points and Chris Boucher had 17 points and 14 boards to lead the Raptors.
|Teams||Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Atlanta Hawks||-2 (-110)||-130||O 224 (-110)|
|Toronto Raptors||+2 (-110)||+110||U 224 (-110)|
This is tough to find as the Hawks lineup is decimated with injuries (see above) and if Trae Young is out as well, the Hawks are going to have a hard time finding points. Clint Capela would be the highest available leading scorer at 15.3 points per game and 59.9 percent from the floor. Lou Williams would need to step up with the opportunity in a scoring role as he is averaging 12.6 points and making 55.6 percent of his threes since the trade bought him from the Clippers to Atlanta.
Key Hawks Stat:
Kevin Hurter (11.7 ppg, 3.5 apg) is another role play who could be pushed into more of a scoring position where he has scored double figures in his last six games and is getting 12 field goal attempts per game. His 24 points against New Orleans at the beginning of that string is a season-high.
Atlanta is in a precarious position with the injuries in that it has to find scoring. Getting to the free throw line hasn’t been tough for the Hawks this season and their 81.3 percent from the line is fifth in the league. Regardless of whether Young players, look for Atlanta to try to get things going at the basket to get to the line.
The Raptors are going to put Pascal Siakam (20.6 ppg) in position to where he can slash off the dribble and get to the line. Siakam is shooting 50.8 percent from two-point range and is making 84 percent of his free throws. With Collins out of the middle. Toronto can make Capela have to choose with their slashing style of basketball.
Key Raptors Stat:
Gary Trent Jr. was an excellent acquisition in the Norman Powell deal.His coring has picked up 3.4 points per game as he is averaging 18.4 points per game as a Raptor. He also is shooting 41.1 percent from yjtrr as he has made 10-of-17 triples in his last two games. He even had a career-high 44 points Saturday night against Cleveland when he made 17-of 19 field goals.
Chris Boucher continues to be one of the most eclectic players not only on the Raptors, but in the NBA. He is the only player in the Association with 80 or more threes made and 80 or more blocks (107). His offensive game has taken off lately as well as he had the career-high 38 points and 19 boards in last week’s loss to Chicago. Boucher is third in the NBA with 107 blocks in 54 games and his 13.7 points and 6.6 rebounds are career highs as of tonight.
Winner: Hawks (-2) 112, Raptors 107