Free NBA Hoops Pick: Hawks vs Raptors Lines
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(45-30) Atlanta Hawks vs. Toronto Raptors (49-24)
Date: Wednesday March 30
Time: 7:30PM EST
Venue: Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: (OPEN) Raptors -3.5
NBA Betting Total: (OPEN) 202.5
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A potential preview of a second round playoff matchup pitting the second place Toronto Raptors against the third place Atlanta Hawks.
Both teams are motivated to secure the #2 seed to maintain home court advantage in the playoffs for as long as possible, so this should be a competitive game between two contenders in the East.
The teams have played one game on each of their home courts this season, with the Raptors coming away victorious in both meetings.
The Hawks come into Toronto with an eye on leapfrogging the Raps in the standings as the season winds down. There is no team hotter in the Eastern Conference than Atlanta right now.
They have only registered 3 losses since the calendar flipped to March, one of those L’s being at the hands of the Warriors.
They are 9-1 in their last 10 and in the midst of a 4 game winning streak, during which time they have averaged 109 points as a team.
While the starting unit has not scored with great efficiency during this stretch, they have maintained a balanced attack as 4 of their 5 starters have hit double digit scoring in each game since their loss to Washington.
Atlanta struggled against the Raptors last season as well, dropping 3 of 4 games.
The Hawks are 21-17 on the road this season.
After starting off March at a scintillating pace, the Raptors find themselves in a mini-slump, having dropped 3 of their last 4 games, including an embarrassing home loss to the Thunder.
They should be highly motivated in this one though as both they and their fans would like to celebrate a franchise record 50th win if they can hold on tonight.
It’s no coincidence that during their recent struggles, team leader Kyle Lowry has not been himself. Whether it is a direct result of his elbow discomfort or not, the numbers clearly indicate that something may be amiss with the All-Star guard.
In the Raptors last 5 games, Lowry has averaged 14.5 points on 26% shooting, down significantly from his season averages of 21.5 and 43% respectively.
On the bright side, during this stretch second round pick Normal Powell has really stepped up. In addition to his lock down defense on the wings, the UCLA alum has produced over 15 point per game in his last 3.
Toronto has held Atlanta under 100 pints in both meetings and have had an average margin of victory of 9 points.
The Raptors have been dominant at the ACC, winning over 75% of their games there (28-9).
NBA Betting Trends:
- Hawks are 8–2 ATS in their last 10 road games
- Hawks are 10–2 ATS in their last 12 after scoring 100 points of more in their previous game
- Hawks are 5–2 ATS in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference
- Raptors are 6–1 ATS in their last 7 home games against a team with a winning record
- Raptors are 4–1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Southeast
- Favourite is 5–2 ATS in the last 7 meetings
Free Atlanta Hawks vs. Toronto Raptors NBA Prediction:
Lowry is the engine that drives the Raptors, and without him at full strength I think the Hawks prove to be too much to handle tonight. Atlanta pulls out a key road win in a very close match.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Hawks ATS.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Hawks 108 – Raptors 104
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