The Atlanta Hawks will once again face off against the Toronto Raptors in an upcoming game at Scotiabank Arena. The previous game between the two teams resulted in a 135-128 victory for the Raptors and extended the Hawks’ losing streak to five consecutive games. They are scheduled to meet two more times later in the season.
Looking at the odds provided by bet365, the Hawks currently hold a 9-14 straight up (SU) record, a 5-18 against the spread (ATS) record, and 15-8 over/under record. They struggle with defense, allowing an average of 123.3 points per game, and are the third-worst team in the NBA in terms of defense. In their recent game against the Raptors, Trae Young led the team with a strong performance, scoring 35 points and 17 assists.
As for the Raptors, they hold a 10-14 SU, 12-12 ATS, and 13-11 over/under record. They recently secured a win against the Hawks after a four-game losing streak. However, their defensive performance has been inconsistent, allowing an average of 122.8 points in their last five games. On a positive note, Pascal Siakam has been performing well, averaging 25.8 points while shooting 60.3% from the field in the last five games.
In terms of betting trends, the Hawks have played over the total in five of their last six games, while the Raptors have a 4-1 SU and ATS record in their past five home meetings against the Hawks. Additionally, the Hawks are currently the worst team in the NBA in covering the spread with a 5-18 ATS record.
Injury-wise, Kobe Bufkin and AJ Griffin are out for the Hawks, while Christian Koloko is still out for the Raptors. This game presents an opportunity for Capela to score a double-double, as he has been performing well recently. The odds for the upcoming game have been set at 242.5 points. Despite these trends and odds, the upcoming game between the Hawks and Raptors is expected to be an intriguing and closely contested matchup.