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Raptors vs. Hawks - 1/16/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Atlanta Hawks (31-8) at Toronto Raptors (26-12)

NBA Basketball: Friday, January 16, 2015 at 7:30 pm (Air Canada Centre)

The Line: Toronto Raptors -3 -- Over/Under: 207.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: TSOH, TSN2

The Atlanta Hawks and Toronto Raptors square off Friday night at the Air Canada Centre.

The Atlanta Hawks are starting to run away with the East with 10 straight victories. On the season, the Hawks are averaging 103.1 points on 46.8 percent shooting and are allowing 96.7 points on 43.7 percent shooting. Jeff Teague is averaging 17.5 points and 7.2 assists while Paul Millsap is averaging 16.9 points and eight rebounds. Al Horford is grabbing 6.6 rebounds and Kyle Korver is shooting 50.6 percent from the field. The Atlanta Hawks have shown they can shoot lights out, as they’re averaging more than 12 threes in their last five games. However, it’s the Hawks defense that leads the way, as they’re allowing 42.4 percent from the field and 31.2 percent from deep in their last five games. The Hawks have won 21 straight games when allowing less than 100 points.

Raptors vs. Hawks - 1/16/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Toronto Raptors have lost five of their last seven games and play their fifth straight home game. On the season, the Raptors are averaging 107.6 points on 46.2 percent shooting and are allowing 101.4 points on 45.9 percent shooting. Kyle Lowry is averaging 20.3 points and 7.8 assists while DeMar DeRozan is averaging 19.4 points and 4.2 rebounds. Louis Williams is shooting 41 percent from the field and Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 8.5 rebounds. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 46.1 percent shooting in their last five games and have allowed 100-plus points in six of their last eight games. While the defense is bound to improve moving forward, the offense is also going to get better with the return of DeRozan, who scored 20 points in his first game back.

The Hawks are 22-6 ATS in their last 28 road games and 36-15 ATS in their last 51 games overall. The Raptors are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Hawks are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the home team is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.

I'm not sure how anybody can bet against the Hawks, especially with the free bucket. The Hawks have done nothing but crushed teams left and right both SU and ATS. Until that stops, you have to keep riding the money train. 

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Atlanta Hawks +3

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