A potential first-round Eastern Conference playoff preview is set in Atlanta tonight when the fourth-seeded Toronto Raptors travel south to tangle with the fifth-seeded Hawks. Sportsbooks opened the Hawks as 2.5-point home favorites with a total of 202.5.
– Shark Bites
- The Raptors are 8-3 SU and ATS in their last 11 games against the Hawks.
- The Hawks are 0-6 ATS in their last six games at home.
- The total has gone UNDER in eight of the Raptors’ last 10 games.
The Raptors have been treading water since All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry was sidelined for the remainder of the campaign with a wrist injury in late February, and they’ve been picking up the slack on the defensive end of late. Toronto held New Orleans to 87 points on Wednesday to improve to 2-1 on their five-game road trip.
Atlanta dropped three straight home games to playoff contenders before topping the woeful Brooklyn Nets 110-105 in front of their hometown fans on Wednesday. Starting point guard Dennis Schroder has been up and down all year long, but he looked great in that contest by dropping 31 on the Nets.
Dwight Howard continues to make the Hawks front office look smart after he signed with his hometown team last summer. The big man is averaging 15.7 rebounds over the last three affairs and is near the top of the Association in field-goal percentage and boards.
The OVER has been cashing when these teams have gotten together lately. In the last four clashes between the Raps and Hawks, the OVER is 3-1.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
Atlanta Hawks opened as -2.5-point favorites at online sportsbook BetOnline, while the NBA total line was sitting around 202.5 at Bovada for those who prefer OVER/UNDER betting on the total amount of points scored.
Odds – Shark computer score prediction models pick a possible 107-99 win for the Hawks on Friday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.
Toronto Raptors vs Atlanta Hawks Matchup
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
Supporters of the Toronto Raptors have seen them go 38-26 and 35-28-1 ATS so far this NBA season, while the Atlanta Hawks are at 35-29 and 29-35 ATS. In Over/Under totals betting, the Hawks are 26-36-2, while the Toronto Raptors are 34-29-1. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Atlanta vs Toronto injuries news.
The betting Power Rankings at Odds – Shark have the No. 14-rated Toronto Raptors taking on the No. 29-rated Atlanta Hawks in this NBA contest.
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Toronto Raptors rank No. 25 in the league with 42.67 per game. That compares with Atlanta’s No. 9 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Atlanta is the NBA’s No. 22-ranked team at 8.83 per game, while the Toronto Raptors rate No. 19 with 9.03 per contest.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
New Orleans was victimized for 25 points and 25 rebounds by Jonas Valanciunas as the Raptors defeated the Pelicans 94-87 in NBA action on Wednesday.
The Hawks got a 31-point performance from Dennis Schroder as Atlanta handed Brooklyn a 110-105 defeat on Wednesday at Philips Arena.
- Toronto is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Toronto’s last 5 games
- Toronto is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
- Toronto is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games on the road
- Atlanta is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
- Atlanta is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Atlanta’s last 10 games
- Atlanta is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Next Betting Matchups
Toronto at Miami, Saturday, March 11th
Atlanta at Memphis, Saturday, March 11th