Matchup: Toronto Raptors vs. Atlanta Hawks
Records: Raptors (30-12), Hawks (12-27)
Where to Watch
Date: Tuesday, Jan. 8
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Radio: TSN Radio 1050
Location: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, ON
After an impressive weekend with two statement wins, the Raptors return to the floor Tuesday when they host the Atlanta Hawks, who are coming off of a 24-point win over the Miami Heat Sunday.
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In its win over Miami, Atlanta was led by 19 points from rookie guard Trae Young. While his shooting numbers have been underwhelming, Young ranks third among all rookies with 15.4 points per game and first in assists with 7.4. The 20-year-old is one of nine Hawks under the age of 25 - four of which are slated to start tonight, including 21-year-old John Collins, who is averaging team highs in points (18.3) and rebounds (10.3) in just 29.3 minutes per game.
The infusion of youth being led by a new head coach in Lloyd Pierce has resulted in Atlanta playing at the league's fastest pace.
Along with their youthful core, Atlanta has the league's oldest player in former Raptor Vince Carter. The 41-year-old Carter, who spent six and a half seasons in Toronto, could be playing his final game in Toronto as retirement is on the horizon.
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The Raptors, who play at the league's 19th-best pace, go for their third straight win as they inch closer to returning to full strength. All-Star Kyle Lowry returned from injury Sunday while Kawhi Leonard rested, but the two are slated to start together for the first time in over four weeks tonight.
Leonard missed the first meeting between the Raptors and Hawks, but Lowry stepped up in his absence, finishing with an impressive 21-point, 17-assist, 12-rebound triple-double. Fred VanVleet, who started in Kawhi's place that night, finished with 11 points and six assists.
Tuesday could be VanVleet's first time coming off the bench since Dec. 22 and just his second time leading the second unit since Dec. 9.
• The Raptors have won five consecutive games over the Hawks - their last loss came on March 10, 2017.
• Should Kyle Lowry and Kawhi Leonard both play tonight, it will be the first time the two share the court since Toronto's Dec. 9 loss to Milwaukee.
• The Hawks have played 22 of their 39 games on the road this season and hold a record of 5-17.
• Despite their distance in the standings, Atlanta and Toronto have been fairly similar over their past 10 games. The Hawks are 6-4 in that span while the Raptors are 7-3.
• Kent Bazemore (ankle), Miles Plumlee (knee) and Taurean Prince (ankle) are all listed as OUT for the Hawks. The Raptors will be without Jonas Valanciunas, who is still recovering from a thumb injury.
Last Time They Played
Date: Nov. 21, 2018
Score: Raptors 124, Hawks 108
Hawks: Jeremy Lin - 26 points, 11-13 FG, two assists
Raptors: Kyle Lowry - 21 points, 17 assists, 12 rebounds