Matchup: Toronto Raptors vs. Atlanta Hawks
Records: Raptors (10-4), Hawks (4-11)
Where to Watch
Date: Nov. 23, 2019
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
TV: TSN 4
Location: State Farm Arena, Atlanta, GA
The Raptors and Hawks are trending in different directions right now.
Whereas the Raptors enter Saturday's game with the fourth-best record in the Eastern Conference, the Hawks are tied with the New York Knicks and the Cleveland Cavaliers for the worst record in the Eastern Conference.
The Hawks are coming off of a loss to the Detroit Pistons on Friday, marking their fifth straight loss. None of those games were particularly competitive either. Atlanta lost by 16 points to the Phoenix Suns, 49 points to the LA Clippers, 21 points to the Los Angeles Lakers, eight points to the Milwaukee Bucks and 25 points to the Pistons.
Nevertheless, the Hawks are led by one of the league's rising stars in Trae Young, who currently ranks 13th in the league in scoring with 25.6 points per game and third in assists with 8.6 assists per game. Both of those marks are an improvement over what he averaged last season, when Young finished second in Rookie of the Year voting behind Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic.
In three games against the Raptors last season, Young averaged 14.7 points, 4.7 assists and 3.7 rebounds on 41.5 percent shooting from the field.
The Hawks will be without Young's running mate John Collins against the Raptors, as the 22-year-old is currently serving a 25-game suspension for violating the NBA's Anti-Drug Program. Collins was Atlanta's leading scorer (19.5 points per game) and rebounder (9.8 rebounds per game) last season.
The Raptors will be without a couple of players themselves when they take on the Hawks for the first time this season. Kyle Lowry isn't expected to return until Dec. 1 at the earliest and Serge Ibaka is listed as questionable.
A number of players have stepped up since the Raptors lost Lowry and Ibaka to injuries earlier this month. Norman Powell is averaging 14.8 points per game as Lowry's replacement in the starting lineup while Ibaka's backup, Chris Boucher, has scored in double figures in four of his last six games.
Undrafted rookie Terence Davis has impressed lately as well, setting a new career-high in scoring four times in his last six games. Davis finished with 19 points, eight rebounds and five assists in Toronto's win over the Orlando Magic earlier this week.
As long as the Raptors continue to get contributions from their second unit, they're going to be a tough team for anyone to keep up with.
Kyle Lowry (thumb), Stanley Johnson (groin) and Patrick McCaw (knee) are out for the Raptors. Serge Ibaka (ankle) is questionable.
The Hawks will be without John Collins (league suspension) and Kevin Huerter (rotator cuff).
Fred VanVleet is averaging 21.0 points, 7.8 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 2.5 steals in the games Lowry has missed due to injury.
OG Anunoby and Matt Thomas are two of only 10 qualified players currently shooting over 50 percent from 3-point range this season. Anunoby is 26-for-50 (52.0 percent) and Matt Thomas is 13-for-23 (56.5 percent).
In the 2019 NBA.com Rookie Survey, Hawks forward Cam Reddish was named by his peers as the rookie who will have the best career. He has been compared to Paul George due to his size, fluidity and potential as a two-way player. Reddish, however, missed Friday's game with a left wrist sprain. It's still unknown if he'll play against the Raptors.
Vince Carter, 42, is playing his 22nd NBA season, a new record. Carter is the last active player drafted in the 1990s and potentially the first player to play in four decades (if he appears in a game in 2020).
The Hawks currently rank 26th and 27th respectively, in offensive rating and defensive rating.
The Raptors currently rank 8th and 7th, respectively, in offensive rating and defensive rating.
Last Time They Played
Date: Feb. 7, 2019
Score: Raptors 119, Hawks 101
Raptors: Pascal Siakam - 33 points, 14 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals
Hawks: Trae Young - 19 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal
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