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Pointspread favors Raptors in battle with Hawks

Toronto RaptorsAtlanta Hawks
37-28March 18, 2014, 07:30 | Philips Arena30-35



NBA betting interest will be piqued on Tuesday when the Raptors of Toronto hit the hard court against the Hawks of Atlanta.

The Raptors will look to vanquish their hosts on Tuesday, as they are 39-25-1 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Hawks are 29-35-1 ATS. Toronto is 33-32 against the total, while Atlanta is 37-27-1 versus the number. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). View Toronto Raptors vs Atlanta Hawks Odds and Stats.

The Raptors were listed as -1.5-point favorites at many online sportsbooks (including Sportsbook.ag), with the total listed at 202.5 earlier in the day (check BetOnline for updates during the day).

It's a betting matchup between the No. 27-rated Hawks and the No. 6-ranked Raptors, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring formulas run on this game indicate a potential 96-92 result in favor of the Raptors.

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Toronto lost its last outing, a 121-113 result against the Suns on March 16. The Raptors failed to cover in that game as a 4-point favorite, while the 234 combined points took the game OVER the total. Toronto got 28 points and 13 assists from Kyle Lowry in a losing cause in a 121-113 loss to Phoenix on Sunday at Air Canada Centre.

The Hawks were a 97-83 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Bobcats. They covered the 2.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (180) made winners of UNDER bettors. Paul Millsap went off for 28 points and added 5 rebounds leading Atlanta over Charlotte, 97-83, on Monday at Time Warner Cable Arena.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Atlanta's No. 13-ranked offense (101.52 PPG) against a Raptors defense that ranks No. 5 at 97.17 PPG. The Hawks have averaged 45.86% from the field per game, more than the Raptors have managed so far this season (44.4% on average).

Next up:
Toronto at New Orleans, Wednesday, March 19th
Atlanta home to New Orleans, Friday, March 21st

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