The Toronto Raptors will visit the Atlanta Hawks on Monday night as the Hawks search for an eighth-straight victory.
The game will be the first of four meetings between the two clubs this season, with another matchup set for Friday in Toronto.
The Raptors will wrap up a three-game road trip while the Hawks play their fourth of a five-game homestand.
Raptors come off triple-overtime win in Miami
The Raptors are coming off of a thrilling triple-overtime victory in Miami on Saturday night.
Led by Gary Trent Jr.’s season-high 33 points and 5 steals, the Raptors led by as many as 16 at one point but a 25-15 fourth quarter from the Heat would send this one to OT. Two extra five-minute frames still would not be enough to settle it but Toronto would finally pull away in the third overtime period, despite heavy minutes from their starting five.
Head coach Nick Nurse opted to ride with his starters for the majority of the fourth quarter and all of overtime. They would play an average of 55.8 minutes each, with Pascal Siakam leading the way with 57. Siakam finished the game one steal and one block shy of a “5×5”, recording 21 points, 13 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 steals and 4 blocks.
“We hung in there and certainly could’ve went either way several times,” Nurse said of his team. “And to just keep hanging in there and keep fighting and keep figuring it out.”
The Raptors have the 13th-ranked offense, the 16th-ranked defense and the 15th-best net rating in the NBA this season. They sit at 24-23 and 8th in the Eastern Conference.
Hawks search for eighth-straight victory
Looking to string together a couple of consecutive wins, the Raptors will not have it easy against a Hawks team that has won seven-straight.
Just a couple of weeks ago they sat at a not-so-pretty 17-25 record. They now find themselves at 24-25, a mere game under .500, with a chance to get there tonight.
They took down the Los Angeles Lakers in their last game, 129-121, behind a 36-point, 12-assist performance from Trae Young.
“If our mindset is right we get stops on the defensive end … I think we have a good chance of winning any night,” Young said after the game.
The Hawks have the 2nd-ranked offense, the 27th-ranked defense and the 16th-best net rating in the NBA this season; just 0.2 points per 100 possessions behind the Raptors. They sit at 24-25 and 10th in the East, a single game back of the Raptors for 8th.
Players to watch
Trent Jr. is on fire over his last three games recording 32.3 points and 2.3 steals per game on 49.3% shooting, 45.7% from three and 91.7% from the free throw line. The Raptors went 2-1 in those games.
Gary Trent Jr. Props:
Points: 17.5 (Over: 1.86 | Under: 2.00)
Rebounds: 2.5 (Over: 1.90) | Under: 1.86)
Assists: 1.5 (Over: 1.60 | Under: 2.30)
Blocks: 0.5 (Over: 4.00 | Under: 1.22)
Threes-made: 2.5 (Over: 1.57 | Under: 2.40)
Points + Rebounds + Assists: 22.5 (Over: 1.90 | Under: 1.86)
John Collins is averaging 15.1 points, 8.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists over the Hawks’ seven-game winning streak on 55.1% shooting and 80.0% from the free throw line.
John Collins Props:
Points: 15.5 (Over: 1.86 | Under: 2.00)
Rebounds: 6.5 (Over: 1.68) | Under: 2.15)
Assists: 1.5 (Over: 1.58 | Under: 2.35)
Blocks: 1.5 (Over: 2.80 | Under: 1.40)
Threes-made: 1.5 (Over: 2.70 | Under: 1.44)
Points + Rebounds + Assists: 24.5 (Over: 1.83 | Under: 1.95)
The Raptors are listed as 1.5-point favorites in this one.
Spread: Raptors (-1.5) 1.92 | Hawks (+1.5) 1.92
Money Line: Raptors 1.86 | Hawks 2.00
Over/Under: Over (216) 1.92 | Under (216) 1.92
Tip off is scheduled for 7:30 pm ET at State Farm Arena in Atlanta.