Matchup: Toronto Raptors vs. Atlanta Hawks
Records: Raptors (17-19), Hawks (16-20)
Where to Watch
Date: Thursday, March 11
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Location: Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL
Prior to the All-Star break, the Raptors had any sort of momentum derailed by coronavirus health and safety protocols, dropping their final two games of the first half of the season, as well as four out of their last five contests.
Falling two games below .500, Toronto still finds itself in the Eastern Conference playoff picture, holding on to the No. 8 seed with a handful of teams preying on its downfall, including the Hawks.
Atlanta got the best of Toronto in their first and only meeting so far this season, running up the score for 132 points - tied for the most the Raptors have allowed this season. The tandem of Trae Young and Clint Capela gave the Raptors all they could handle, as Young went for 28 points and 13 assists and Capela dominated to the tune of 23 points and 16 rebounds. While Chris Boucher had a career night with 29 points and 10 boards, the Raptors had no answer for Capela inside. If they're going to get the second half of the season started off right, it will start with making life more difficult for Young on the perimeter and playing more physically against Capela in the paint and on the boards.
While Toronto was missing plenty of key bodies in their final three games of the first half of the season, Boucher, Norman Powell and Kyle Lowry did all they could to keep the team competitive. Boucher went into the break on a high note, scoring a career-high 30 points against the Boston Celtics. Lowry dished out a career-best and franchise-record-tying 19 assists in that very same game, and Powell averaged 30.3 points while shooting 59.6 percent from the field and 50.0 percent from 3 over the team's last three contests.
Count it up, count it up, count it up, count it. #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/jS7Yjg3h4N- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) March 5, 2021
With Fred VanVleet, Pascal Siakam, OG Anunoby, Patrick McCaw and Malachi Flynn all still unavailable to suit up due to health and safety protocols, the responsibility will fall on the aforementioned trio to get the Raptors back in the win column.
If this is the position Toronto will find itself in for the remainder of the season, it will need to take the season series against teams around them in the standings like Atlanta.
Raptors vs. Hawks: Betting odds, spread, over/under
Spread: Hawks -2.0 (-110), Raptors +2.0 (-110)
Raptors Money Line: +110
Hawks Money Line: -130
Over/under: 227.5 (-110)
*Odds courtesy of William Hill Sports Book
As of the league's official injury report at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 10.
- Kris Dunn (right ankle surgery) - Out
- De'Andre Hunter (right knee surgery) - Out
- Cam Reddish (right Achilles soreness) - Out
- Fred VanVleet (health and safety protocols) - Out
- Pascal Siakam (health and safety protocols) - Out
- OG Anunoby (health and safety protocols) - Out
- Patrick McCaw (health and safety protocols) - Out
- Malachi Flynn (health and safety protocols) - Out
- Terence Davis (left ankle sprain) - Questionable
Last Time They Played
Date: Feb. 6, 2021
Score: Hawks 132, Raptors 121
Raptors: Chris Boucher - 29 PTS, 10 REB, 2 BLK
Hawks: Trae Young - 28 PTS, 13 AST, 2 REB, 2 BLK
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