Toronto Raptors vs. Atlanta Hawks - 10/29/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Atlanta Hawks (0-0) at Toronto Raptors (0-0)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Raptors -5.5 -- Over/Under: 200 See the Latest Odds
TV: SportSouth, TSN
The Toronto Raptors and the Atlanta Hawks face off on Wednesday at the Air Canada Centre as they begin their 2014-2015 NBA seasons.
The Toronto Raptors finished last season at 48-34 that was good enough to win the Atlantic Division. The Raptors had a nice season but they lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Nets and they are hoping this season to take another step forward. DeMar DeRozan was an All Star last season and he led the Raptors averaging 22.7 points per game. Kyle Lowry is also back after signing a contract extension averaging 17.9 points and 7.4 assists per game and Jonas Valanciunas is back in the middle where he averaged 11.3 points and 8.8 rebounds. The Raptors shot 44.5 percent from the floor last season including 37.2 percent from beyond the three-point arc. Dwane Casey appears to have a team that knows how to and expects to win.
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The Atlanta Hawks made the playoffs last season despite finishing the regular season six games under .500 but once they got there they threw the record out the window and nearly knocked off the top seeded Indiana Pacers losing to them in seven games. The Hawks return talent as Al Horford played just 29 games last season but he averaged 18.6 points and 8.4 rebounds a game. Paul Milsap is averaged17.9 points and 8.5 rebounds and Jeff Teague averaged 16.5 points and 6.7 assists. The Hawks shot 45.8 percent including 36.3 percent from beyond the three-point arc and they set a team record making 768 three-pointers a year ago. Head Coach Mike Budenholzer may have his work cut out for him this year.
Toronto is 3-8-2 against the spread in their last 13 games, 0-5-2 against the spread in their last seven home games, and 1-3-1 against the spread against the NBA Southeast. Atlanta is 6-2 against the spread in heir last eight road games, 4-0 against the spread after allowing more than 100 points in their previous game, and 2-8 against the spread in Wednesday games. The home team has covered the spread in the last four meetings of these two.
The home team has been dominant recently in this series and with so little to go on I believe the home team gets it done again here.