Hawks vs. Raptors Prediction: NBA Odds, Point Spread

Charlie Grant | Updated Jan 28, 2020

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A hot streak has pushed Nick Nurse’s group to sole possession of second place in the Eastern Conference heading into tonight’s action on the hardwood.

January 28, 2020, 7:30 PM ET
Scotiabank Arena

The Toronto Raptors are clawing their way to the top of the Eastern Conference standings with a favourable stretch of games on the schedule. It starts with a home game against the last-place Atlanta Hawks and their super second-year guard Trae Young. 

NBA Point Spread and Betting Analysis

The Hawks are bringing up the rear in the NBA standings page. Atlanta is tied for a league-low 12 wins and the club is just 5-19 straight up away from home. Young and Co. have been playing a bit better in recent weeks.

Four of their 12 wins have come since January 14th and the Hawks are 5-2 against the spread over their last seven contests. They’re coming off a 152-133 win over the Washington Wizards on Sunday in a game that easily went Over the 241.5-point total.

The Hawks have played Over the total in six of their last seven games. They are one of the better Over bets in the Association with a 27-20 Over/Under record. The squad plays with the fifth fastest pace in the NBA and possesses the third worst defensive rating at 113.3 points allowed per 100 possessions.

The Dinos come into this game off the back of a 110-106 road win against the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday. Toronto is 7-0 SU and 5-2 ATS in its last seven matchups.

The Raptors unbeaten in their last nine meetings against Atlanta – including two games this season. However, the Hawks are 2-0 ATS against the Raps this season – including just last week when they lost by five points as 8-point home underdogs.

Atlanta Hawks

Trae Young doesn’t know much about winning in the pros or playing defence, but small 6-foot-1, 180-lbs point guard sure can ball. Young is third in the league in scoring (29.5 points per game), and second in assists (8.9 per game). He’s coming off a 45-point, 14-assist performance on Sunday against the Wizards. 

Toronto Raptors

The good news for Toronto fans is that they know their club can defend. The Raptors are second in the league in defensive net rating. They allow just 104.5 points per 100 possessions. Coach Nick Nurse should have plenty of defensive options to throw at Trae Young on Tuesday. 

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