Raptors vs. Hawks: Free NBA Picks and Predictions
The Hawks are coming from getting waxed by the Pistons on Friday and now things don’t get any more easy, despite heading straight home. They welcome to city on Saturday in the Raptors and never being in the home, the Raptors are looking just like a fantastic value ATS.
The Hawks are fighting at this time and it is mainly due to their injury and suspension circumstances. John Collins is out because of suspension, which limits the Hawks’ frontcourt. Kevin Huerter, who is the greatest three-point shot out of Trae Young of the team is out for at least the next month, after missing last night’s game because of a wrist injury and rookie Cam Reddish is questionable tonight.
Reddish is possibly the group’s second-best shooter on the wing too, so possibly without those two tonight, the Hawks are in some trouble. After Young, who are the Raptors worried about beating them tonight? Probably no one. All match will be only double teamed by them.
The Raptors are of course not from the woods with injuries , despite missing 2 of the best players, but the Hawks are not still larger than their depth and experience. The real key to this game could be how rested that the Raptors are. Toronto hasn’t played since Wednesday, so they have had lots of time.
Atlanta is playing its third game and that isn’t going to assist their defense. Atlanta has enabled 113.6 points per 100 possessions this year, which ranks 27th in the NBA. Over their last eight games, the Hawks have been even worse on defense, using a defensive rating of 122.8. Combine that with games schedule and their traveling lately and they are going to give up a ton of points.
Even though the Hawks’ defense was falling apart within their past eight games, when you take a look at the Raptors’ last eight games, their defense has been outstanding. They are allowing 102.8 points per 100 possessions within their last eight, which positions fifth-best during that identical stretch for all 30 teams.
Toronto has additionally been improved on defense from home as opposed to. They allow only 101.1 points per 100 possessions in their road games as well as they’ve lost some difficult road games this year they have conquered teams they are supposed to beat.
Being Kyle Lowry to defend Young in this sport will hurt a while, but Fred VanVeet might be more suited to shield Young because of his quickness and ability to guard on the ball. Assuming they force Young to become more of a distributor as opposed to scorer and a shooter, I could observe the Hawks restricted on crime if Reddish misses another match.
Outside of Young, the Hawks have struggled shooting the ball. They have just a 30.5 three-point shooting percentage this season which doesn’t go up much in your home. Contemplating their legs as well as the stout shield of Toronto, I am backing the Raptors here. I can not find the Hawks hanging in this sport. Look in their third game in four days here for a similar outcome considering they’ve dropped seven of their last nine games with double figures.
My Choices: Raptors -3.5 1st Half and -7.5 Complete Game with Bovada
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