NBA Betting – East Powers Meet as Raptors Face Hawks

Toronto Raptors at Atlanta Hawks (-5.5, 206 o/u)

The top two teams in the Eastern Conference will square off tonight as the Atlanta Hawks (43-11) host the Toronto Raptors (36-17) at Philips Arena (7:30 p.m. Eastern).

Neither team made any moves at the deadline, giving a vote of confidence to their current rosters.

The Hawks used a 19 game winning streak (which stretched from late December to the end of January) to open up a big lead at the top of the Eastern Conference standings. However, the team has gone just 3-3 since then, dropping road games to the Pelicans, Grizzlies, and Celtics.

The Hawks will have home-court advantage tonight, though, and will be facing a Toronto team that they have already beaten twice this year (including a 110-89 demolition at the ACC in mid-January).

“That team is a well-oiled machine,” Toronto coach Dwane Casey said of the Hawks after the loss in January.

The Raptors bring a modest three-game winning streak into Atlanta, having downed a trio of title contenders – the Clippers, Spurs, and Wizards – to conclude their recent homestand.

The Raptors haven’t fared as well on the road lately, though, going just 3-5-1 ATS in the last nine.

They have also struggled in Atlanta straight up, going 3-10 in the last 13, but have been decent for bettors with a 5-2 ATS record in the last seven in ATL.

All in all, I see a motivated Raptors team keeping it close and covering the 5.5-point spread.

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Frank Lorenzo

MTS co-founder Frank “Let It Ride” Lorenzo has been betting on sports since he was legally allowed to do so. (Did he do so before then, too? No comment.) He enjoys very strong coffee, neon lights, and passing on his wealth of betting knowledge to anyone who will listen.