The NBA season is back tonight for it’s second night, and we go straight in early on this time with a pick in order to try and take advantage of some poor lines early on.
TOR Raptors -2 to beat ATL Hawks @ 1.68 (Bet365) – 3 points
Toronto come into this season on the back of their best winning record in franchise history and will come into this season more confident than before due to most of their winning squad returning back. That effort and confidence can be seen as the team stormed through the pre-season losing just 1 game, while beating teams like New York twice, Oklahoma once to take a 7-1 record in pre-season. The focus will be on the backcourt of DeRozan and Lowry who were the second highest backcourt scoring duo averaging almost 39 points and will be aiming to repeat that performance. The team also includes a great supporting cast of Hansbrough, Patterson, Fields, Vasquez of the bench while having starters like Ross, Johnson and Valanciunas. Casey will aim to continue to preach defense and Lowry after signing a big contract will be due for a huge year to repeat the faith shown in by the Toronto management.
Atlanta come back to the league with second year coach Budenholzer and he welcomes back also a returning cast of starters including Paul Millsap, DeMarre Carroll, Kyle Korver and Jeff Teague are back with Horford. Atlanta went 4-3 and in the pre-season and what was clear to witness was that they struggled against good defensive teams such as Detroit, Miami and Memphis. Atlanta will rely a lot of their offensive efforts through Millsap and Horford but only averaged around 14-15 points during pre-season.
Toronto had won both of their matchups at home at the Toronto centre, with De-Rozan going crazy for 52 points in 2 games against them, and will be aim to put in a similar kind of performance. The depth chart of Toronto looks better than Atlanta and that will play a pivotal role in tonight’s performances. Toronto at home will want to get off to a great start with their home fans, and I expect them to take it tonight.
Again, as per my strategy, I like to shave of at least 2 points v the average spread for a better chance of winning on the spread.
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