Hawks vs. Raptors - 2/20/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Raptors (36-17) at Atlanta Hawks (43-11)
NBA Basketball: Friday, February 20, 2015 at 7:30 pm (Philips Arena)
The Line: Atlanta Hawks -5.5 -- Over/Under: 206 See the Latest Odds
TV: Sportsnet One, SPSO
The Toronto Raptors and Atlanta Hawks square off late Friday night at the Philips Arena.
The Toronto Raptors have won three straight games and begin a four-game road trip. On the season, the Raptors are averaging 105.6 points on 45.7 percent shooting and are allowing 100.7 points on 45.8 percent shooting. Kyle Lowry is averaging 18.6 points and 7.2 assists while DeMar DeRozan is averaging 18.3 points and 4.3 rebounds. Louis Williams is shooting 39.6 percent from the field and Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 8.6 rebounds. The Toronto Raptors are quickly climbing up the East standings and are looking more and more like a contender in the conference. However, the Raptors are shooting just 42.7 percent from the field in their last five games, a percentage that must improve, especially in this game.
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The Atlanta Hawks have split their last six games and play their third home game of the month. On the season, the Hawks are averaging 103.4 points on 47.1 percent shooting and are allowing 96.8 points on 43.4 percent shooting. Jeff Teague is averaging 17 points and 7.5 assists while Paul Millsap is averaging 16.8 points and 7.9 rebounds. Al Horford is grabbing 7.4 rebounds and Kyle Korver is shooting 51.2 percent from the field. Despite the shaky play recently, the Atlanta Hawks are allowing just 41.3 percent shooting from the field in their last five games. The Hawks have lost their last two games when allowing less than 100 points, but they’re 25-3 SU on their home court, which includes 12 straight victories.
The Raptors are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference and 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. The Hawks are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 home games and 37-15 ATS in their last 52 games overall. The Raptors are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Atlanta.
While I like the Raptors, it's hard to bet against the Atlanta Hawks with the way they've been crushing teams and covering the spread all season long. If it isn't broken don't fix it. Take the Hawks and the reasonable chalk here.