The Toronto Raptors (16-29) travel to face off against the Atlanta Hawks (18-27) on Sunday, January 28th. This game will be played at State Farm Arena in Atlanta and televised on BSSE. Both the Raptors and Hawks will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Tip off is scheduled for 6:00 ET.
Raptors vs Hawks
The Raptors Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
They will look to bounce back from a defeat in their last game, losing to the Clippers with a final score of 127-107. The Raptors picked up the win despite trailing going into halftime 66-52.
When playing on the road, the Raptors have gone 6-16 this season compared to 10-13 at home. Overall, they are 16-29 and are looking to snap a four game losing streak as they take on the Hawks.
Toronto’s ATS record sits below .500 (21-24). Toronto has not been good vs. the spread in their last three home games, and they are 10-13 ATS at home compared to 11-11 on the road.
The Hawks Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
They were defeated by the Mavericks in the most recent game, concluding with a score of 148-143. In addition to their straight-up loss, the Hawks also couldn’t meet the spread, coming up short as -1.5 point favorites. The over/under line heading into this matchup was 247.5 points in which the two teams surpassed.
In the Hawks’ most recent five games, they have gone 1-4 and have an overall record of 18-27. In their 45 games played, the Hawks are 12-20 against Eastern Conference opponents and 6-7 in non-conference games.
For this season, Atlanta has an ATS record of 11-34, along with an ongoing four game losing streak against the spread. Atlanta has not been good vs. the spread in their last three home games, and they are 4-17 ATS at home compared to 7-17 on the road.
Raptors Offense Breakdown
In 45 games games, Toronto has an average of 114.2 points per game (18th).
When it comes to scoring, the Raptors are 18th in the NBA at 114.2 points per game. On the road, they are averaging 116.7 points per game compared to 111.8 at home (11th in the NBA).
So far this season, Toronto has outscored the NBA scoring average in 44.4% of their games. In terms of field goal percentage, they are 10th in the league at 47%. From beyond the arc, the Raptors are 25th in three-point shooting at 35%.
When it comes to pace, Toronto is 17th at 98.7 possessions per game. In terms of assists, they are 2nd in the NBA at 29.5 per game.
Hawks Offense Breakdown
Today, the Hawks enter the game as one of the NBA’s top-scoring teams, averaging 120.1 points per game (5th).
At home, the Hawks are averaging 121.4 points per game this season, which is 6th in the NBA. Overall, they are 5th in the league in scoring at 120.1 points per game.
When it comes to three-point shooting, the Hawks are 7th in the NBA in made threes at 13.7 per game. They are also 6th in three-point attempts at 37.9 per game.
In terms of pace, Atlanta is 5th in the league at 101.3 possessions per game. They are also 4th in road scoring at 119 points per game.
Raptors Team Defense
Coming into the game, the Raptors’ defense is giving up an average of 116.6 points per game. So far, they have given up more points than the NBA league average in 53.3% of their games. Opponents are hitting 55.4% of their two-point field goal attempts this season, and they’re also connecting on 37.8% of their three-point attempts.
Hawks Team Defense
So far, the Hawks defense is giving up 123.3 points per contest, which has them sitting 29th in the NBA. One thing to note, is they have given up more points than their season average in two straight matchups. Atlanta’s defense is currently forcing 13 turnovers per game, which is 16th in the league. Additionally, they enter the game ranked 25th in blocked shots, with an average of 4.5 rejections per game.
Key Players For The Raptors And Hawks
The outlook for today’s matchup points to RJ Barrett as the primary point contributor for the Raptors, finishing with 18 points while maintaining a 7/15 shooting accuracy. Throughout this season, his average stands at 19.2 points per game, along with 5.2 rebounds.
On the other side, Trae Young is our projected leading scorer for the Hawks. We have him ending the game with a team-high 26 and grabbing 3 rebounds. Throughout the season, he has maintained a 42.4% field goal shooting rate and is averaging 27 points per game.
Raptors vs Hawks Trends
- Although Toronto has a straight up record of 0-3 in their last three road games, they have not held up as well vs the spread going 1-2. The team averaged 111 points per game in these games.
- Across their ten previous home games, Atlanta has an ATS mark of 2-8. Their straight up record in these matchups was 3-7 while averaging 116 points per game.
- In their last ten games as the betting underdog, the Raptors have a straight up record of 2-8 and an ATS mark of 4-6.
- Over the team’s last three games as the favorite, the Hawks struggled vs the spread going just 1-2. However, they still had a straight up mark of 2-1.
Raptors vs Hawks Prediction
For a point-spread wager in this Hawks vs. Raptors game, we suggest taking the Raptors at +6.5. Even though our predictions have the Hawks winning 114-111, we see the Raptors as the better choice on the point-spread.
As for the total, the line is currently sitting at 239.5 and our model has the Raptors and Hawks finishing with a combined 225 points. Our pick is to take the under.
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