Toronto Raptors vs. Atlanta Hawks - 3/23/14
Atlanta Hawks (31-36) at Toronto Raptors (38-30)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 1:00 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Raptors -7 -- Over/Under: 203.5 See the Latest Odds
The Atlanta Hawks and Toronto Raptors will meet for the fourth and final time this season. The Hawks lead the series 2-1.
The Hawks had their five-game winning streak snapped on Friday with a 111-105 loss to New Orleans. In the loss, the Hawks turned the ball over 16 times and allowed the Pelicans to shoot 51.4 percent from the field. On the season, the Hawks average 101.8 points on 45.8 percent shooting and allow 102.4 points on 46.3 percent shooting. Atlanta has improved its defense during its winning streak, allowing 99.2 points on 43.4 percent shooting in its last five games. The Atlanta Hawks are 30-36-1 ATS overall and 13-21-1 ATS on the road.
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The Raptors have hit a rough patch lately, losing three of their last four games. That includes a Friday overtime loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. On the season, the Raptors average 101 points on 44.4 percent shooting and allow 97.8 points on 44.5 percent shooting. Toronto’s star shooting guard in DeMar DeRozan is coming off two consecutive 30-point performances. The Raptors have made 85.1 percent of their free throws in their last five games and are 41-26-1 ATS overall and 18-15-1 ATS at home.
The Hawks are 4-16-1 ATS in their last 21 games overall and 3-11-1 ATS in their last 15 games following a ATS loss. The Raptors are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 10-2-1 ATS in their last 13 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400. The Hawks are 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Toronto.
I’m not sure which Hawks team is going to show up, which is why I’m going to side with the over. The over has hit in four of the last five meetings between these two teams and is 4-0 in the Raptors last five games.
Take the over and call it a day.