Despite heading back home, the Hawks are coming off getting waxed by the Pistons dont get any simpler. They welcome at the undervalued Raptors to town on Saturday and even though being in the home, the Raptors are seeming like a fantastic value ATS.
The Hawks are struggling and it is mainly because of suspension circumstances and their injury. John Collins is out because of suspension, which limits the Hawks frontcourt. Kevin Huerter, who is probably the greatest three-point shooter outside of Trae Young of the team is out for the next month, and rookie Cam Reddish is questionable tonight after missing last nights game because of a wrist trauma.
Reddish is possibly the groups second-best shot on the wing also, so possibly without those 2 tonight, so the Hawks have been in some trouble. After Young, that would be the Raptors worried about beating to them? Probably nobody. All match will be double teamed by them.
The Raptors are of course not out of the woods with injuries despite missing two of their players, but their depth and expertise are larger than the Hawks. The key to this game could be the way rested that the Raptors are. Toronto has not played since Wednesday, so theyve had lots of time.
Atlanta is enjoying its third game which isnt likely to assist their defense. Atlanta has allowed 113.6 points per 100 possessions this season, which ranks 27th in the NBA. Over their past eight games, the Hawks have been even worse on defense, using a defensive rating of 122.8. Combine that with games program and their traveling recently and they are going to give up a ton of points.
Even though the Hawks defense has been falling apart over their past eight games, when you have a take a look at the Raptors last eight games, their defense has been outstanding. Theyre allowing 102.8 points per 100 possessions within their past eight years, which ranks fifth-best during that same stretch for all 30 teams.
Toronto has been better on shield from home as opposed to. They let only 101.1 points per 100 possessions in their eight road games as well as they have lost some tough road games this year , they have generally beaten teams theyre supposed to beat.
Fred VanVeet could be suited to defend Young due to his quickness and ability to guard on the chunk, although being without Kyle Lowry will hurt a while. Assuming they just force Young to become more of a distributor as opposed to some shooter and scorer, I could observe the Hawks very restricted on crime if Reddish misses yet another game.
Out of Young, the Hawks have really struggled shooting the ball. They own only a 30.5 three-point shooting percentage this season and that doesnt go up much in your home. Considering the stout shield of Toronto and their tired legs, Im backing the Raptors about game and the half here. I cant find the Hawks hanging in this game. Look in their next game in four days here for a similar result considering theyve lost seven of their past nine games with double figures.
My Choices: Raptors -3.5 1st Half and -7.5 Total Game with Bovada
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