Our top NBA betting pick for today comes in the form of this Hawks at Raptors prediction. The Atlanta Hawks will face off against the Toronto Raptors, marking the start of a two-game series and the end of a four-game losing streak for one of these teams.
Both teams continued their losing streaks in their recent games. Despite Bogdan Bogdanovic’s impressive 40-point performance off the bench, the Hawks suffered a 129-122 loss to the Denver Nuggets. Meanwhile, the Raptors, despite OG Anunoby’s season-high 29 points, faced a 136-130 defeat against the New York Knicks on the road.
In their match against the Nuggets, the Hawks were behind by 17 points going into the final quarter. However, Bogdanovic spearheaded a comeback, scoring 13 points in the fourth and marking a career-high of 10 successful 3-pointers.
Coach Quin Snyder noted the team’s awareness in finding Bogdanovic during the game, praising their varied approaches in doing so. Despite the challenges, including Trae Young’s ejection, Snyder commended the team’s resilience and focus on execution, which nearly brought them back into the game.
Hawks’ forward Jalen Johnson and De’Andre Hunter were absent due to injuries, impacting the team’s lineup. Bogdanovic’s impressive streak of consecutive games with at least two 3-pointers played a significant role in Monday’s near comeback.
Bogdanovic reflected on his mindset during games, emphasizing his belief in chances until the final buzzer, a perspective he’s learned over time.
As they head into the series against Toronto, Atlanta brings a 6-6 road record, while the Raptors prepare for a home stretch of games, playing five out of their next six at home.
These teams, meeting for the first time this season, have an even historical record of 51-51 in their matchups. The Raptors have had the upper hand in three of their past four home games against the Hawks.
Monday’s game against the Knicks was a historic one for the Raptors, but for all the wrong reasons. They suffered their first ever regulation loss in team history when scoring 130 points. Despite this, all five Toronto starters achieved double-digit scoring for the seventh time this season. Anunoby’s explosive 15-point contribution in the third quarter stood out in a game marked by high-scoring exchanges and tough shots.
Several Raptors players, including Dennis Schroder, Scottie Barnes, Pascal Siakam, and Jakob Poeltl, made substantial offensive contributions. Coach Darko Rajakovic emphasized the team’s need to maintain defensive intensity, especially during scoring droughts, to avoid losing momentum.
Additionally, Gradey Dick made a brief return from the Raptors 905 team, playing for four minutes and contributing two points. It’s safe to say that the Raptors draft pick this year is turning into an absolute bust. Who would have thought with a name like that?
Hawks at Raptors Prediction
Two high-scoring teams go head to head. Both the Raptors and the Hawks are well capable of scoring over 120 points against any opponent in the NBA. The mantra of the Hawks is to try and outscore teams as they don’t play a lot of defense. Being at home, the Raptors should be able to take advantage of the Hawks’ shaky defense and score well over 100 points tonight.
The bookies expect a high scoring game as the Total Points spread is currently at about 240.5 points. Our NBA betting pick is for Over 240.5 points in this Hawks at Raptors prediction. In terms of the winner, we are favoring the Hawks to snatch a close win and end their losing sreak.