The Atlanta Hawks Look to Take Down the Toronto Raptors
The Atlanta Hawks are currently ranked 10th in the Eastern Conference. Even if they lose a few games, they could find themselves out of the playoffs. Following closely behind them is the New York Knicks, so the Hawks need to win this game. At the time of writing, they’ve won three in a row, which should help them here. They’ll need every boost they can get against the Raptors.
The Toronto Raptors have been on quite the winning streak themselves. At this moment, they’ve won four games in a row, three of which over notable teams. They were able to beat the Celtics, 115-112, which is perhaps their best win of the four. They’re currently ranked sixth in the Eastern Conference and trending upwards. Can they claim another big win against the Atlanta Hawks?
Game Preview: Atlanta Hawks at Toronto Raptors, April 4
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Trae Young will likely be the most impactful player in this game. He leads Atlanta in points per game (28.1) and assists per game (9.6). Because of this, the team will look to him for most of the scoring against Toronto. He’ll be matched up against Fred VanVleet, a great defender. Young vs. VanVleet will be the matchup to watch on Monday.
The Toronto Raptors’ defense will have to try and stop an offense that ranks sixth in the NBA. On average, the Hawks score 113.5 points per game. The Toronto defense ranks 9th in the NBA, allowing 107.1 points per game. This game will be a tale of offense versus defense. Who comes out as the winner will be determined by who played their role the best.
Atlanta Hawks at Toronto Raptors Betting Prediction
A game between these two actually happened fairly recently, in late February. The Hawks were playing at home and came into the game as 3.5-point favorites. The offense of the Hawks took down the Raptors’ defense and won the game, 127-100. Trae Young scored 41 points against the Raptors in that game, while VanVleet scored 24. So, should we expect the same outcome?
Well, the Raptors have gotten much better since their last game against the Hawks. They were also able to beat some of the best offenses in the NBA recently. Only a few nights ago, they beat the Minnesota Timberwolves, 125-102. Minnesota’s offense ranks third in the NBA in points per game. Because of their recent string of victories, we think the Raptors will win this game.
When betting on the total, we’d first recommend taking the over. This year, the Hawks are 41-35 against the total. We know that each of these offenses can score a lot of points, and we expect that in this game.
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**All views expressed are my own. My picks are my own and are not a guarantee, bet at your own risk.