Toronto Raptors vs Atlanta Hawks NBA Odds, Preview, Prediction and Picks
Toronto Raptors vs Atlanta Hawks Prediction, Betting Tips and Preview of the match for the NBA Basketball Game on Saturday February 6th, 2021.
The Atlanta Hawks hope to regain two key pieces of their starting lineup on Saturday when they host the Toronto Raptors, a team that has beaten them 10 times in a row.
The Hawks have lost three straight games and four of their last five. Toronto posted its third straight win on Friday, 123-117 over the Brooklyn Nets.
It will be the first meeting between the Hawks and the Raptors this season. Toronto swept all three games against Atlanta last season. The Hawks have not beaten the Raptors since March 10, 2017.
The Hawks played without their two of their top three scorers in Thursday's 112-91 loss to the Utah Jazz, and there is no guarantee that either of them will return on Saturday. Trae Young (first with 26.6 points) missed the game with a bruise on his right thigh and De'Andre Hunter (third, 17.2) missed his third game in a row with pain in his right knee. Without them, the Hawks shot 32.7 percent from the field, a season low.
Atlanta continues to struggle when Young is resting or injured. The Hawks started veteran Rajon Rondo at point guard Thursday, but he failed to score in 28 minutes. He is 0 of 11 from the field in the last two games. Rondo has played just 12 games and continues to be limited by ongoing knee problems. His offense - 3.5 points per game - has been lacking, but his impact is still being felt.
This will be the third leg of a six-game road trip for Toronto, which has won the first two. The Raptors will finish their third back-to-back of the season; they split one, lost the second game and got swept in the other.
The Raptors got an unexpected boost Tuesday from Fred VanVleet, who scored a franchise-record 54 points in Orlando. That was the most points scored by an undrafted player in NBA history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. VanVleet made a career-best 11 3-pointers on the effort.
On Friday night, the Raptors had 33 points and 11 rebounds from Pascal Siakam, who scored more than 30 for the third time in four games. Kyle Lowry added 30 points and seven assists against the Nets. He needs 12 rebounds to tie Amir Johnson for fourth on the team's all-time list.
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