Atlanta Hawks vs Toronto Raptors Prediction, 1/14/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Atlanta Hawks vs Toronto Raptors
Date: Saturday, January 14, 2023
Location: Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON
Odds/Point Spread: Atlanta (+6)
Scotiabank Arena is the site where the Toronto Raptors will take on the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday. Atlanta opens this game as 6-point underdogs from Vegas oddsmakers. The over/under is set at 232.
The Hawks took the court against the Bucks and went home with a loss by a final score of 114-105 in their last contest. In regard to personal fouls, the Hawks walked away with 12 and the Bucks finished the game with 15 personal fouls. They also converted 18 of their 48 attempts from downtown. Milwaukee finished the game at 54.5% at the charity stripe by knocking down 6 of 11 attempts. Furthermore, Milwaukee collected 57 rebounds (14 offensive, 43 defensive) and added 3 blocked shots. Milwaukee dished out 28 assists and had 6 steals for the contest. With regard to the defense, Atlanta allowed 45.9% from the field on 45 out of 98 shooting. They also dished out 25 assists in the game as well as forcing the other team into 10 turnovers and having 5 steals. In the matter of pulling down boards, they collected 41 with 6 of them being of the offensive variety. At the free throw line, the Hawks buried 16 of 18 tries for a percentage of 88.9%. Atlanta ended the contest having earned a 44.8% FG percentage (39 out of 87) and made 11 of their 30 three-point shots.
Bogdan Bogdanovic is one guy who was a factor for this contest. Bogdanovic finished 50.0% from the floor and also dished out 5 assists. He was on the court for 40 minutes and pulled down 3 boards. He was able to score 22 points on 9 out of 18 shooting.
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Atlanta steps onto the court with a record of 19-22 for the season. They average 115.0 pts per contest (11th in the NBA) while going 46.8% from the field. The Hawks are connecting on 33.2% on shots from 3-point land (421 of 1,268) and 82.0% from the free throw line. As a unit, Atlanta is grabbing 44.0 boards per game and has accounted for 985 dimes this year, which ranks 23rd in basketball in terms of passing the ball. They lose possession by turning the ball over 12.8 times per game and as a team they are committing 19.2 fouls on a nightly basis.
When they are on defense, the Hawks are forcing 15.1 turnovers every game while drawing 20.2 personal fouls. They are surrendering 34.6% on 3-point shots and they rank 21st in the NBA in PPG allowed (116.3). The Hawks defensively are allowing and opponent field goal percentage of 47.4% (1,752 of 3,699) and they surrender 47.2 boards per game as a team. They are 16th in basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 1,048 surrendered for the year.
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Raptors walked away with a victory by a final of 124-114 when they played the Hornets. The Raptors corralled 24 defensive boards and 8 offensive rebounds for a total of 32 in the game. They also turned it over 9 times, while earning 15 steals for the contest. The Hornets were called for 30 personal fouls in this contest which got the Raptors to the free throw line for 36 tries. They were able to knock down 28 of those for a clip of 77.8%. Regarding shots from beyond the perimeter, Toronto made 10 of 28 tries (35.7%). Overall, the Raptors went 43 for 83 from the floor which had them sitting at 51.8%. The Raptors allowed the Hornets to make 41 of their 77 tries from the floor which had them shooting 53.2% for the matchup. They went 39.4% from downtown by connecting on 13 of 33 and walked away from this one shooting 19 of 27 at the free throw line (70.4%). In regard to how they cleaned up the glass, Toronto allowed Charlotte to grab 42 in total (9 on the offensive glass).
Pascal Siakam ended up being a major contributor for the Raptors for this game. He made 11 of 13 in this matchup for a field goal percentage of 84.6%, and had 7 rebounds. Siakam earned 35 points in his 38 minutes on the court and had 3 assists in the game.
Toronto has a win-loss record of 19-23 this year. The Raptors are committing 20.8 personal fouls per contest and they hit 79.6% from the charity stripe. They are earning an assist 23.1 times per contest (24th in the league) and they are giving up possession 12.0 times per game. Toronto has totaled 4,703 pts so far this season (112.0 per game) and they collect 42.4 rebounds per game. As an offensive unit, the Raptors are connecting on 44.9% from the field, which is 29th in the NBA.
The Toronto defense allows 36.6% on shots from beyond the perimeter (520 of 1,420) and their opponents are converting on 79.1% of their shots from the free throw line. They have relinquished 26.0 dimes and 43.1 rebounds every game, which is ranked 25th and 11th in basketball. The Raptors defensively are ranked 10th in basketball in points per game surrendered with 111.5. They are able to force 17.2 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 48.8% from the floor (27th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Toronto (-6)
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