Two Eastern Conference teams battle it out on the hardwood north of the border when the Atlanta Hawks travel to Toronto to face the Raptors on Friday night. The Hawks played the league-leading Suns at home on Thursday night and grabbed a victory 124-115. Meanwhile, the Raptors picked up a home victory over the Chicago Bulls in overtime 127-120.
Atlanta Hawks Betting Preview: Trae Young Show
On the first night of a back-to-back match, Atlanta faced the league-leading Suns at home and handed Phoenix their tenth loss of the year. The Hawks ended the Suns’ 11-game winning streak, and Trae Young scored 43 points and led Atlanta’s flurry of 3-pointers. Young added five assists to his total and tied Golden State’s Stephen Curry for the NBA lead with his fourth game of the season with at least 40 points and five assists.
Young had six 3-pointers for the Hawks, making 20 of their 41 attempts. Atlanta’s 12-game stretch of making 10 or more three-pointers is the third-longest in franchise history. The Hawks had won eight of their previous nine games, with their only loss to Toronto when Young missed the game with an injury.
Despite the win, Atlanta sits in 10th place in the Eastern Conference playoff standings, 4.5 games behind the Nets for the final guaranteed playoff position and a half-game ahead of the Wizards for the final play-in spot. This season, the Hawks are 10-14 on the road and rank 23rd in the league in scoring defense, allowing 111.2 points per game to their opponents this season.
Toronto Raptors Betting Preview: Raptors Take Down Bulls in OT
On Thursday night, Toronto faced Chicago at home, and the Raptors upset the Chicago Bulls 127-120 in overtime. Pascal Siakam secured a double-double and had 25 and 13 rebounds, and Chris Boucher added 16 and 10 rebounds.
The Raptors are 27-23 entering Thursday, and are tied for third place in the Atlantic Division and four games behind the 76ers for first place. A player to watch in this one will be Fred VanVleet, who was named to his first All-Star squad as a reserve in the East, and has been one of the Raptors’ most valuable players. VanVleet is coming off back-to-back 21 point games and is averaging 21.5 points per game this season. The Raptors enter this matchup 15-12 at home, and Toronto is ranked 21st in the league in terms of scoring offense, averaging 107.5 points per game this season. On the defensive side of the ball, Toronto is one of the strongest teams in the league as they rank 9th in scoring defense, allowing 106.5 points per game on average. This season, Pascal Siakam is the leader on the team averaging 21 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 4.9 assists per game.
Betting Odds and Lines
MyBookie has the Raptors listed as the -1.5 point home favorite, while the total number of points is at 217.5 in the latest odds.
Free Betting Pick
Because this is the second back-to-back game, neither team has a significant edge in terms of rest. The Raptors will have the home-court advantage and defeat Atlanta in their last matchup. On the other hand, Atlanta just came off a nice win over the Western conference’s best team and has now won eight of their last nine contests.
Despite this, the Raptors are also on a roll right now, and the Hawks may or may not be without Young for Thursday’s game, since his status remained unclear at the time of writing. Toronto has momentum on their side, and is 4-0 in their last four games ATS.