Raptors at Hawks - 12/2/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Raptors (11-7) at Atlanta Hawks (12-8)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Philips Arena)
The Line: Atlanta Hawks -3.5 -- Over/Under: 200 See the Latest Odds
The Toronto Raptors and Atlanta Hawks square off Wednesday night at the Philips Arena.
The Toronto Raptors look for a nice road victory after splitting their last eight games. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 100.2 points on 43.6 percent shooting and allowing 96.4 points on 42.8 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 21.2 points and 4.2 rebounds while Kyle Lowry is averaging 20.7 points and 6.2 assists. DeMarre Carroll is grabbing 4.9 rebounds and Cory Joseph is dishing 3.1 assists. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 36.5 percent from beyond the arc and 79.6 percent from the free throw line. The Raptors are allowing 40.8 percent shooting in their last five games and have allowed less than 100 points in six of their last nine games. The Toronto Raptors have split their last 10 road games.
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The Atlanta Hawks could also use a nice victory after splitting their last eight games. The Atlanta Hawks are averaging 102.4 points on 45.7 percent shooting and allowing 100.2 points on 44.2 percent shooting. Paul Millsap is averaging 18.6 points and 9.6 rebounds while Jeff Teague is averaging 17.1 points and 6.2 assists. Al Horford is grabbing 7.2 rebounds and Kent Bazemore is dishing 2.3 assists. The Atlanta Hawks are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 80.6 percent from the free throw line. The Hawks are getting 72.7 points from their starting lineup and have won five straight when topping 100 points. The Atlanta Hawks have won five of their last seven home games. Tiago Splitter is questionable with a hip injury.
The Raptors are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a S.U. loss and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Hawks are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Atlantic. The Raptors are 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Atlanta and 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings overall.
The Raptors are the better team than the Hawks right now. Atlanta doesn't look like the same team from last season, struggling against bad teams and not being able to finish games. Toronto has a good shot to win this outright if it continues to play with that sense of urgency. I'll take the free bucket.