Looking to grab an early line from this game, before the odds crash.
TOR Raptors -2 to beat ATL Hawks @ 1.83 (MarathonBet) – 2.5 points
The Toronto Raptors have moved to have the best start in the Eastern Conference as well as the best start in franchise history; and majority of their performances are due to their stern defense that they have played. They have kept their opponents to under 95 points per game, and done so well in their past few games except with Phoenix scoring 100 last time around.
The Raptors lead the in the differential this campaign by +12.2 points and they are the second best scorers in the NBA netting 107 points per game. The backcourt with DeRozan, Lowry and Williams off the bench are putting together almost 51 points per game, which is the bulk of their points. Williams is one of the top scorers of the bench this campaign and looks a early season leader for the 6th man of the year award. Their bigs have also put in a great effort in terms of scoring when needed, with J. Valanciunas going for 27 pts and 11 boards. The supporting cast of players like Johnson, Ross, Patterson, Vasquez and Hayes have provided support at the right time and relief for their top stars.
The Hawks came off a tough 106-102 win over the Washington Wizards last time out with 3 of their starters Millsap, Caroll and Teague playing over 34 minutes last night. As I mentioned in my preview last night for the Hawks, they tend to tire out in the second half of games conceding 48 points ranking for 6th in the NBA. Last night against the Wizards they conceded 63 second half points which shows you they tend to lose their way in the 2nd half, whereas 2nd half is where Toronto tend to defend better than the first half. The Hawks will be upset that their big players like Horford, Korver and Sefalosha were not able to contribute; which will worry them against a high scoring top defending team like the Raptors.
The Raptors have now put on a 5 game winning streak, and the way their are playing throughout the organization, it seems likely that they would come out on top.
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