Toronto Raptors @ Atlanta Hawks Free Betting Pick December 2nd

The Toronto Raptors try to get their 4th straight road win as they play at the Atlanta Hawks this evening.

(11-7) Toronto Raptors @ (12-8) Atlanta Hawks

Probable starting line-ups:

Toronto – PG – Kyle Lowry  SG – DeMar DeRozan  C – Bismack Biyombo  SF – DeMarre Carroll  PF – Luis Scola

Atlanta – PG – Jeff Teague  SG – Kyle Korver  C – Al Horford  SF – Thabo Sefolosha  PF – Paul Millsap

Stats Leaders:

Toronto – PPG – DeMar DeRozan 21.2  RPG – Jonas Valanciunas 9.3  APG – Kyle Lowry 6.2

Atlanta – PPG – Paul Millsap 18.6  RPG – Paul Millsap 9.6  APG – Jeff Teague 6.2

Team Scoring: (with league ranking in parentheses)

Toronto – PF – 100.2 (17th)  PA – 96.4 (5th)

Atlanta – PF – 102.3 (7th)  PA – 100.3 (15th)

Overview:

The Toronto Raptors had their 4 game winning streak stopped as they dropped a 107-102 decision at home versus the Phoenix Suns on Sunday. Starting shooting guard DeMar DeRozan led the team in scoring with 29 points. He also had 7 assists and 3 rebounds. He shot 11 of 20 from the field and 7 of 7 from the free throw line. Starting small forward DeMarre Carroll contributed with 20 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals. He was 8 of 13 from the field, 1 of 3 from the free throw line, and 3 of 6 from the 3 point line. Starting point guard Kyle Lowry produced 17 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists. He was 5 of 14 from the field, 3 of 3 from the free throw line, and 4 of 9 from the 3 point line. Starting power forward Luis Scola chipped in with 9 points and 4 rebounds. He was 2 of 5 from the field, 3 of 4 from the free throw line, and 2 of 3 from the 3 point line. Backup point guard Cory Joseph came off the bench to score 9 points. He also had 5 rebounds and 2 blocks. He shot 4 of 11 from the field and 1 of 1 from the 3 point line. Backup power forward James Johnson tallied 8 points. He was 4 of 7 from the field. The team shot 44.2% from the field, 82.4% from the free throw line, and 41.4% from the 3 point line. They attempted 17 free throws and made 14 of them. They made 12 shots beyond the arc after attempting 29 of them. They were out-rebounded 50-43. They allowed the Suns to score 46 points in the paint.They were outscored in 3 of the 4 quarters: 21-18 in the 1st, 32-31 in the 2nd, and 28-23 in the 3rd. Tonight is their 13th road game of the season. They are 7-5 on the road thus far. Tonight is the 1st game of a back to back. After tonight they go home for 6 in a row. Tomorrow night they plat at home versus the Denver Nuggets.

The Atlanta Hawks have won 4 of their last 6 games after a 106-100 victory at home versus the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday evening. Starting power forward Paul Millsap tallied a double-double as he poured in 26 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. He also had 5 assists and 4 blocks. He shot 8 of 19 from the field, 9 of 10 from the free throw line, and 1 of 2 from the 3 point line. Starting point guard Jeff Teague notched 25 points, 5 assists, and 3 rebounds. He was 10 of 17 from the field, 3 of 3 from the free throw line, and 2 of 4 from the 3 point line. Starting center Al Horford also had a double-double with 21 points and 13 rebounds. He also had 2 blocks. He was 8 of 15 from the field, 3 of 3 from the free throw line, and 2 of 3 from the 3 point line. Starting shooting guard Kyle Korver chipped in with 11 points and 5 rebounds. He shot 4 of 13 from the field and 3 of 9 from the 3 point line. The team shot 43.3% from the field, 90% from the free throw line, and 35.7% from the 3 point line. They attempted 28 shots beyond the arc while making 10 of them. They only missed 2 free throws of the 20 attempted. They narrowly out-rebounded their opposition 51-48. They turned the ball over 12 times in the game. They had 13 fast break points and scored 48 points in the paint. Their big quarter was the 1st as they outscored the Thunder 31-21. Tonight is their 11th home game of the season. They are 7-3 at home thus far. Tonight is the 2nd game of a 3 game home stand. Their next game is Friday as they host the Los Angeles Lakers.

Last season Toronto was victorious in 3 of 4 meetings with Atlanta. On October 29th 2014, the Raptors notched a 109-102 home victory. On November 26th 2014, the Raptors rolled to a 126-115 win on the road. On January 16th 2015, the Hawks cruised to a 110-89 road victory. On February 20th 2015, the Raptors had no problem dispatching the Hawks as they tallied a 105-80 home win.

Prediction:

I can see DeMarre Carroll having a big game against his former team (the Hawks) but not enough to derail the Hawks tonight.

Take the Hawks -3 (1.90) (Bet365)

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