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Toronto Raptors vs. Atlanta Hawks - 1/8/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Atlanta Hawks at Toronto Raptors
Date & Time Tuesday January 8, 2019, 7:30 PM (EST)
Scotiabank Arena
Toronto, Ontario
The Line
The Line: Toronto Raptors -14.5 -- Over/Under: 228
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The Atlanta Hawks and Toronto Raptors meet Tuesday in NBA action at the Scotiabank Arena.

The Atlanta Hawks look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Atlanta Hawks are averaging 109.1 points on 44.7 percent shooting and allowing 117.6 points on 47.2 percent shooting. John Collins is averaging 18.3 points and 10.3 rebounds while Trae Young is averaging 15.4 points and 7.4 assists. Kent Bazemore is the third double-digit scorer and Jeremy Lin is dishing 3.4 assists. The Atlanta Hawks are shooting 33.6 percent from beyond the arc and 73.2 percent from the free throw line. The Atlanta Hawks are allowing 36.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.2 rebounds per game. The Atlanta Hawks have split their last six road games.

The Toronto Raptors look for another victory after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 113.4 points on 47.5 percent shooting and allowing 108 points on 45.3 percent shooting. Kawhi Leonard is averaging 27.2 points and 7.9 rebounds while Serge Ibaka is averaging 16.2 points and 7.3 rebounds. Pascal Siakam is the third double-digit scorer and Kyle Lowry is dishing 9.7 assists. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 34.5 percent from beyond the arc and 80.6 percent from the free throw line. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 34.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45 rebounds per game. The Toronto Raptors have won each of their last five home games.

The Hawks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Tuesday games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 vs. NBA Atlantic. The Raptors are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Tuesday games, 3-7 ATS in their last 10 vs. Eastern Conference and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS win. The Hawks are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Toronto and 0-5 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The over is 4-0 in Raptors last 4 overall. The over is 9-4 in Hawks last 13 games playing on 1 days rest.

The Atlanta Hawks have been a lot more competitive lately, as their young core has stepped up and they're only being outscored by 5.8 points in their last five games. The Toronto Raptors are obviously the much better team in this spot, but they're also just 4-6 ATS this season as a double-digit favorite. It's tricky laying big chalk in NBA games and it's something I don't do often. The Hawks are playing too improved to turn down this many points. Give me the Hawks and the free buckets, if forced to pick.

Atlanta Hawks +14.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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