Matchup: Toronto Raptors vs. Atlanta Hawks
Records: Raptors (39-16); Hawks (18-35)
Where to Watch
Date: Thursday, Feb. 7
Time: 7:30 p.m.
TV: TSN 1/4
Location: State Farm Arena, Atlanta, GA
The Hawks might have one of the worst records in the NBA this season, but they've been competitive lately. Since their loss to the Raptors on Jan. 8, Atlanta has the 10th-best offensive rating in the league, trailing Milwaukee and Toronto in the standings by less than one point per 100 possessions.
They're 6-7 over that stretch, with victories over the Philadelphia 76ers, Oklahoma City Thunder, LA Clippers and Washington Wizards.
Atlanta's one-two punch of Trae Young and John Collins has been a huge reason for the team's recent success. Young is averaging 20.8 points, 7.9 assists and 4.2 rebounds over the last month and Collins has been good for 21.8 points, 9.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game.
Kevin Huerter has also given the Hawks a scoring and playmaking punch, with 13.7 points and 4.1 assists per game.
Huerter didn't play in the last meeting between the two teams, but both Young and Collins showed out, combining for 40 points, 19 rebounds and six assists.
For the Raptors to leave Atlanta with their third straight win following victories over the Clippers and 76ers, they'll have to contain those three players on Thursday.
Kawhi Leonard will miss Thursday's game with a sore knee
Kyle Lowry is coming off of a 20-point performance against the 76ers on Monday. It was only his second 20-point game over the last month.
If this is Vince Carter's final season, this will be the last matchup of his NBA career with the Raptors.
Trae Young finished second in our most recent Rookie Ladder for games played since Jan. 23. The only rookie ahead of him? Luka Doncic.
The Raptors will close this three-game road trip on Saturday against the New York Knicks. Their next six games will be at home.
Last Time They Played
Date: Jan. 8, 2019
Score: Raptors 104, Hawks 101
Raptors: Kawhi Leonard - 31 points, 6 assists, 6 steals, 4 rebounds
Hawks: John Collins - 21 points, 14 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal