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Atlanta HawksToronto Raptors
31-36March 23, 2014, 01:00 | Air Canada Centre38-30



Air Canada Centre will feature Raptors vs. Hawks action on Sunday as both teams try to pay off for bettors in NBA action.

Toronto will face the 31-36 Hawks, who own a 30-36-1 ATS mark on the season. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). In totals betting, the Raptors are 36-32 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Hawks are 39-27-1 favoring the OVER.View Atlanta Hawks vs Toronto Raptors Odds and Stats.

Those backing the visitors in this one found the Hawks listed as 6-point underdogs earlier at Bovada. Meanwhile, the OVER/UNDER line for this game was set at 204 at BetOnline but may have moved since opening.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Raptors rated this week at No. 6 and the Hawks sitting at No. 27. It may or may not play a role in Odds Shark score prediction models that turned out a 96-93 result in favor of the Raptors today.

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The Hawks were a 111-105 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Pelicans. They failed to cover the 6-point spread as favorites, while the total score (216) made winners of OVER bettors. Jeff Teague scored 26 points for Atlanta on Friday, but the Pelicans managed a 111-105 victory over the Hawks at Philips Arena.

In their last action, Toronto was a 119-118 loser at home against the Thunder. They covered the 3-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (237) was profitable news for OVER bettors. DeMar DeRozan was dynamite, scoring 33 points and adding 8 rebounds but Oklahoma City still won, 119-118, over Toronto on Friday at Air Canada Centre.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Toronto's No. 14-ranked offense (101.03 PPG) against a Hawks defense that ranks No. 21 at 102.37 PPG. The Raptors have averaged 44.37% from the field per game, less than the Hawks have managed so far this season (45.79% on average).

A few Hawks at Raptors trends to consider:
Atlanta is 4-16-1 ATS in its last 21 games
Atlanta is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Atlanta is 6-15 SU in its last 21 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Atlanta's last 9 games
Toronto is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games
Toronto is 12-6 SU in its last 18 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Toronto's last 5 games
Toronto is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home


Next up:
Atlanta home to Phoenix, Monday, March 24th
Toronto at Cleveland, Tuesday, March 25th

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