The Atlanta Hawks (9-13) travel to face off against the Toronto Raptors (9-14) on Wednesday, December 13th. This game will be played at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto and televised on SN. Both the Hawks and Raptors will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Tip off is scheduled for 7:30 ET.
Hawks vs Raptors
The Hawks Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
In their most recent game, the Hawks tell to the Nuggets by a score of 129-122. the Hawks not only lost the game outright but also fell short of covering the spread as +3.5 point underdogs. The over/under line heading into this matchup was 241.5 points in which the two teams surpassed.
Heading into today’s game vs. the Raptors, the Hawks are 9-13 and are hoping to reach .500. In the Eastern Conference, the Hawks are in 10th place and are the 3rd best team in the Southeast division.
Atlanta’s ATS record sits below .500 (5-17). Atlanta has not been good vs. the spread in their last eight home games, and they are 1-9 ATS at home compared to 4-8 on the road.
The Raptors Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
The Raptors is coming off a loss to the Knicks in their latest game, ending with a score of 136-130. Alonside their straight-up loss, the Raptors failed to cover the spread as +4 point underdogs. The over/under line heading into this matchup was 221.5 points in which the two teams surpassed.
As they prepare to take on the Hawks, the Raptors are looking to improve their below .500 record of 9-14. On the road, the Raptors are 3-8 this season, compared to their 6-6 record at home.
Toronto arrives with an ATS record of 11-12 for the season up to this point. As the favorite this season, Toronto is 3-5 vs. the spread while going 8-7 as the underdog.
Hawks Offense Breakdown
Heading into play, the Hawks’ offense is rated 3rd in the league in scoring, averaging 122.2 points per contest. In terms of pace, the Hawks are one of the top units in the NBA, averaging 101.7 possessions per game. Despite having one of the lower effective field goal percentages in the NBA at 54%, the team’s up-tempo style of play provides them with sufficient opportunities to compensate for their subpar shooting statistics.
Raptors Offense Breakdown
This season, the Toronto offense is ranked 22nd in the NBA in scoring at 111.9 points per game. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Raptors are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 98.7 per contest. So far, the Raptors offensive game plan has revolved around working the ball inside, as despite being a below-average team in pace they are 6th in made 2-point field goals per game.
Hawks Team Defense
The Hawks’ defense is presently ranked 28th in the league, allowing an average of 122.8 points per contest.
Inside the arc, the Hawks defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 58.2% and 37.8% from three-point territory.
Raptors Team Defense
So far, the Raptors’ defense is ranked 17th in the league at 113.8 points per contest.
Toronto struggled on the boards in their last game vs. the Knicks, giving up 17. For the game, New York scored 136 points in the game.
Key Players For The Hawks And Raptors
Our projections for today’s game indicate that Trae Young will be the primary scorer for the Hawks, with 19 points and going 7/14 from the field. For the season, he has been averaging 26.8 points per game, in addition to 2.7 rebounds.
On the opposing side, we anticipate Pascal Siakam to be the top scorer for the Raptors. Our projection has him finishing the game with 18, and he is expected to secure 5 rebounds. Throughout the season, he has maintained a 49.7% field goal shooting rate and is averaging 20.7 points per game.
Hawks vs Raptors Trends
- Across their ten previous road games, Atlanta has an ATS mark of 3-7. Their straight up record in these matchups was 5-5 while averaging 120 points per game.
- Across their three previous home games, Toronto has an ATS mark of 0-3. Their straight up record in these matchups was 0-3 while averaging 116 points per game.
- Spanning across their last five games as the betting underdog, the Hawks have gone 0-5 vs the spread. Their overall record in these games was 0-5.
- In their last five games as the betting favorite, the Raptors have a straight up record of 2-3 and an ATS mark of 2-3.
As the underdogs with a spread of +2.5, we recommend going with the Hawks on the point spread. We not only see them covering the spread but also have a strong likelihood of winning this one outright, especially if you’re seeking a higher payout on the moneyline.
Regarding the over/under, the current line is set at 239.5, and our model predicts the Hawks and Raptors to score a combined 219 points. We recommend betting on the under.
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