Toronto Raptors vs. Atlanta Hawks - 12/29/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Atlanta Hawks (9-25) at Toronto Raptors (23-10)
NBA Basketball: Friday, December 29, 2017 at 7:30 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Raptors -11 -- Over/Under: 216.5 See the Latest Odds
The Atlanta Hawks and Toronto Raptors meet Friday in NBA action at the Air Canada Centre.
The Atlanta Hawks look for another victory after splitting their last six games. The Atlanta Hawks are averaging 104.1 points on 45.9 percent shooting and allowing 108.4 points on 47.5 percent shooting. Dennis Schroder is averaging 19.8 points and 6.7 assists while Taurean Prince is averaging 12.8 points and 5.2 rebounds. Kent Bazemore is the third double-digit scorer and Marco Belinelli is grabbing 2.2 rebounds. The Atlanta Hawks are shooting 38 percent from beyond the arc and 78.6 percent from the free throw line. The Atlanta Hawks are allowing 37.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39.7 rebounds per game. The Atlanta Hawks have lost five straight road games.
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The Toronto Raptors look to keep the ball rolling after winning 12 of their last 15 games. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 110.6 points on 47.3 percent shooting and allowing 102.9 points on 45.1 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 24.3 points and 4.3 rebounds while Kyle Lowry is averaging 16.2 points and seven assists. Serge Ibaka is the third double-digit scorer and Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 7.8 rebounds. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 35 percent from beyond the arc and 79.8 percent from the free throw line. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 34.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.2 rebounds per game. The Toronto Raptors have won 10 straight home games.
The Hawks are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 road games, 6-2 ATS in their last 8 vs. Eastern Conference and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Raptors are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest, 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Hawks are 2-6 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Toronto, 4-9 ATS in the last 13 meetings and the home team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
I know this line is a bit high, but the Toronto Raptors remain one of the hotter teams in the league right now and with those victories the covers are piling up as well. The Raptors are outscoring teams by 13 points at home this season and the Hawks are being outscored by nearly six points on the road. I'm going to ride the hot hand here and back the Toronto Raptors and the double-digit chalk as more of a fade from Atlanta than anything.