Atlanta Hawks at Toronto Raptors - 3/10/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Atlanta Hawks (35-28) at Toronto Raptors (41-20)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 7:30 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Raptors -3.5 -- Over/Under: 199 See the Latest Odds
The Atlanta Hawks invade the Air Canada Center to battle the Toronto Raptors on Thursday night.
The Hawks have won five of their last six games and will be gunning for their fourth straight after winning at Utah by 91-84 on Tuesday. Jeff Teague led from the front with 24 points and six assists while Paul Millsap added 18 points on eight of 12 shooting as the Hawks came back from an early double-digit deficit to beat the Jazz and continue their slow and steady climb up the Eastern Conference rankings. Atlanta is now 36-28 on the season which is currently good enough for fifth place in the Eastern standings, just 1.5 games behind Miami in fourth place.
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Meanwhile, the Raptors have won seven of their last nine games and avoided a major upset by taking down the Nets by 104-99 on Tuesday. DeMar DeRozan led the way with 25 points while Kyle Lowry added 23 points and nine assists as the Raptors came back from a 58-42 halftime hole to beat the lowly Nets and extend their current home win streak to 12 games. Toronto is now 42-20 on the season and 24-7 at home which puts them just two games behind Cleveland who current sit atop the Eastern Conference standings.
In ATS trends, the Hawks are 4-0 ATS in their last four games following a win and 6-0 ATS in their last six games overall, while the Raptors are 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last five games following a win.
Head to head, the Hawks are 1-5 ATS in the last six games overall and 9-4 ATS in the last 13 meetings in Toronto.
The Hawks haven't quite looked like the team from last season, but they've definitely been on the rise lately and could very well pull off the minor upset on Thursday, but the Raptors are just so tough to beat at the Air Canada Center so I won't be backing against them just yet.