Atlanta Hawks vs Toronto Raptors

The struggling Atlanta Hawks and their rookie star Trae Young go North to visit Kyle Lowry and the Toronto Raptors for a game on Tuesday, January 8th, at 7:30 PM EST, at Scotiabank Arena, in Toronto, ON, Canada. Broadcast is available via Fox Sports Southeast, TSN, and live streaming on Fox Sports Go; radio is available via TSN Radio 1050 Toronto and 92.9 The Game.

How to Watch

Where: Scotiabank Arena, in Toronto, ON, Canada

When: 7:30 PM EST, Tuesday, January 8th 2019

How (TV/Radio): Fox Sports Southeast, TSN, Fox Sports Go (stream) | TSN Radio 1050 Toronto, 92.9 The Game

Atlanta Hawks

Head Coach: Lloyd Pierce {All-Time 12-17 | ATL}

The Atlanta Hawks enter their match against the Toronto Raptors with a paltry record of 12-27. Holding a lead over the Knicks, Bulls, and Cavaliers isn't much to be proud of, but the Hawks have been competitive in a number of matchups many expected them to fade away in.

Speaking of competitiveness, the Atlanta Hawks most recently blew out the Miami Heat to preface their three game road trip which starts with the Raptors. A shocking 41-21 third quarter for the Hawks built them a lead that the Heat merely didn't have enough time to overcome.

Against the Toronto Raptors the Hawks will want a similar team effort as five players recorded double-digit scoring numbers against the Heat. Maintaining a 41% shooting rate from three will be difficult, but keeping the Raptors honest from range will be a key to their success in this matchup.

Toronto Raptors

Head Coach: Nick Nurse {All-Time 30-12 | TOR}

The Toronto Raptors, after a slight hiccup at the end of December, have returned to first place in the Eastern Conference. With a record of 30-12 and recent wins over the Milwaukee Bucks and Indiana Pacers, they've gained a one game lead over their closest competitor.

After what has seemed like an injury plagued first half of the season, the Toronto Raptors seem to almost be back at full strength. Only centre Jonas Valanciunas is expected to miss more significant time, but he is luckily spelled by veteran Greg Monroe.

Considering the Toronto Raptors have lost ten and twelve games between Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Lowry, it will be exciting to see the Toronto Raptors operate at full efficiency again. If they went 30-12 while having 95 man-games lost to injury, what can we expect from a fully healthy Raptors squad?

What's At Stake?

The Atlanta Hawks and the Toronto Raptors have met a number of times in their respective histories as Eastern Conference foes. In the all-time series, the Atlanta Hawks lead the Toronto Raptors 45-42.

A win for the Atlanta Hawks will do little for their record overall. At twelfth in the Eastern Conference, they are too far behind the Washington Wizards and too far ahead of the New York Knicks for a win or loss to change their record.

Sitting at first in the East with the Milwaukee Bucks just one game behind them, a win would push their lead over the Bucks to two games.

Questions to answer

Can the Hawks cut down on turnovers?

What can Kyle Lowry provide for the Toronto Raptors?

We are going to compare the Atlanta Hawks and the Toronto Raptors in an attempt to see who has the advantage in this matchup.

The Atlanta Hawks are last in turnover percentage

The Atlanta Hawks are not a team that takes care of the ball. Chalk it up to inexperience, but instilling a culture of ball security is essential to the success of any team regardless of their stage of development.

Per 100 possessions, the Atlanta Hawks give away the ball 15.2% of the time. A staggering number, exemplified by the fact that they primary playmaker Trae Young is top five in the league turning the ball over at 4.0 per game.

The Toronto Raptors are a stout defensive team that can switch defenders from point to centre. Trae Young will be pressured from the jump, so it is essential that he not only makes the right decision but that his Hawks teammates make themselves available as outlets.

Kyle Lowry has missed the last 10 of 11 games

After going down with a back injury, Kyle Lowry missed a number of games that resulted in the Toronto Raptors finishing with a 6-5 record until his return. A more clear indicator of his contributions to the Raptors success can not be identified.

In his return against the Indiana Pacers, Lowry was his usual self. He took three charges in the game, hit two three-pointers, and had eight assists. His legs may not yet be under him and coach Nick Nurse surely cringes every time he draws a charge, but it is great to see that Lowry's attitude toward his play hasn't changed since he's been out.

Against a weaker team in the Atlanta Hawks, Kyle Lowry may be able to take some more liberties in getting his rhythm back. As with most of the Raptors team, Lowry's shooting has been off this season. Nevertheless he is always dangerous and getting the Toronto Raptors tuned as finely as possible before the All-Star break is a must.

Atlanta Hawks Roster Notes

G-F Kent Bazemore - Out (Ankle) - Bazemore is expected to be OUT for two more weeks.

C Miles Plumlee - Out (Knee) - Plumlee was listed as OUT for Sunday's (Jan. 6) game against the Miami Heat.

F Taurean Prince - Out (Left Ankle Sprain) - Prince was listed as OUT for Sunday's (Jan. 6) game against the Miami Heat.

Toronto Raptors Roster Notes

C Jonas Valanciunas - Out (Thumb) - Head coach Nick Nurse said Valanciunas will miss at least another 3-4 weeks, according to Blake Murphy of The Athletic.

F Kawhi Leonard - Out (Rest) - Did not play against the Pacers (Jan. 6) but is expected to return against the Atlanta Hawks.

Head-to-Head: Trae Young vs Kyle Lowry

Trae Young

15.3 PPG | 7.5 APG | 2.9 RPG | 0.8 SPG | 0.3 BPG | 4.0 TOV | .392 FG% | .282 3P%

Kyle Lowry

14.4 PPG | 9.8 APG | 4.5 RPG | 1.4 SPG | 0.5 BPG | 2.7 TOV | .433 FG% | .325 3P%

Trae Young and Kyle Lowry represent a matchup between the present and the future of the NBA's point guard position in the Eastern Conference. Lowry a deadeye shooter with an unstoppable defensive work ethic, Young an ice-cold shooter from three and playmaker in the mould of Steph Curry. It will be a thrilling matchup, regardless of record comparison.

Don't be fooled by Trae Young's three-point percentage. It may be incredibly low for a "three-point threat", but it is merely due to the sheer focus defenders have on his ability and his lack of outlets that result in his percentage. Young is crafty and fearless, but lacks the strength and experience to lead his team. Despite that, he's an incredible weapon for the Hawks that will surely test the Raptors backcourt.

Kyle Lowry may be battling a nagging back injury, but he is still deadly anywhere on the court. He is an incredible shooter with "in-the-gym" range and bulldog-esque defensive instincts. For however long he is on the court, Lowry's check will be in for a competitive shift. Don't forget Lowry is still one of the top assist-men in the league, when he's not shooting the ball he seems to always select the correct pass to ignite the play.

Atlanta Hawks at Toronto Raptors Predictions and Odds

How to Watch

Where: Scotiabank Arena, in Toronto, ON, Canada

When: 7:30 PM EST, Tuesday, January 8th 2019

How (TV/Radio): Fox Sports Southeast, TSN, Fox Sports Go (stream) | TSN Radio 1050 Toronto, 92.9 The Game

Atlanta Hawks

Head Coach: Lloyd Pierce {All-Time 12-17 | ATL}

The Atlanta Hawks enter their match against the Toronto Raptors with a paltry record of 12-27. Holding a lead over the Knicks, Bulls, and Cavaliers isn't much to be proud of, but the Hawks have been competitive in a number of matchups many expected them to fade away in.

Speaking of competitiveness, the Atlanta Hawks most recently blew out the Miami Heat to preface their three game road trip which starts with the Raptors. A shocking 41-21 third quarter for the Hawks built them a lead that the Heat merely didn't have enough time to overcome.

Against the Toronto Raptors the Hawks will want a similar team effort as five players recorded double-digit scoring numbers against the Heat. Maintaining a 41% shooting rate from three will be difficult, but keeping the Raptors honest from range will be a key to their success in this matchup.

Toronto Raptors

Head Coach: Nick Nurse {All-Time 30-12 | TOR}

The Toronto Raptors, after a slight hiccup at the end of December, have returned to first place in the Eastern Conference. With a record of 30-12 and recent wins over the Milwaukee Bucks and Indiana Pacers, they've gained a one game lead over their closest competitor.

After what has seemed like an injury plagued first half of the season, the Toronto Raptors seem to almost be back at full strength. Only centre Jonas Valanciunas is expected to miss more significant time, but he is luckily spelled by veteran Greg Monroe.

Considering the Toronto Raptors have lost ten and twelve games between Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Lowry, it will be exciting to see the Toronto Raptors operate at full efficiency again. If they went 30-12 while having 95 man-games lost to injury, what can we expect from a fully healthy Raptors squad?

What's At Stake?

The Atlanta Hawks and the Toronto Raptors have met a number of times in their respective histories as Eastern Conference foes. In the all-time series, the Atlanta Hawks lead the Toronto Raptors 45-42.

A win for the Atlanta Hawks will do little for their record overall. At twelfth in the Eastern Conference, they are too far behind the Washington Wizards and too far ahead of the New York Knicks for a win or loss to change their record.

Sitting at first in the East with the Milwaukee Bucks just one game behind them, a win would push their lead over the Bucks to two games.

Questions to answer

Can the Hawks cut down on turnovers?

What can Kyle Lowry provide for the Toronto Raptors?

We are going to compare the Atlanta Hawks and the Toronto Raptors in an attempt to see who has the advantage in this matchup.

The Atlanta Hawks are last in turnover percentage

The Atlanta Hawks are not a team that takes care of the ball. Chalk it up to inexperience, but instilling a culture of ball security is essential to the success of any team regardless of their stage of development.

Per 100 possessions, the Atlanta Hawks give away the ball 15.2% of the time. A staggering number, exemplified by the fact that they primary playmaker Trae Young is top five in the league turning the ball over at 4.0 per game.

The Toronto Raptors are a stout defensive team that can switch defenders from point to centre. Trae Young will be pressured from the jump, so it is essential that he not only makes the right decision but that his Hawks teammates make themselves available as outlets.

Kyle Lowry has missed the last 10 of 11 games

After going down with a back injury, Kyle Lowry missed a number of games that resulted in the Toronto Raptors finishing with a 6-5 record until his return. A more clear indicator of his contributions to the Raptors success can not be identified.

In his return against the Indiana Pacers, Lowry was his usual self. He took three charges in the game, hit two three-pointers, and had eight assists. His legs may not yet be under him and coach Nick Nurse surely cringes every time he draws a charge, but it is great to see that Lowry's attitude toward his play hasn't changed since he's been out.

Against a weaker team in the Atlanta Hawks, Kyle Lowry may be able to take some more liberties in getting his rhythm back. As with most of the Raptors team, Lowry's shooting has been off this season. Nevertheless he is always dangerous and getting the Toronto Raptors tuned as finely as possible before the All-Star break is a must.

Atlanta Hawks Roster Notes

G-F Kent Bazemore - Out (Ankle) - Bazemore is expected to be OUT for two more weeks.

C Miles Plumlee - Out (Knee) - Plumlee was listed as OUT for Sunday's (Jan. 6) game against the Miami Heat.

F Taurean Prince - Out (Left Ankle Sprain) - Prince was listed as OUT for Sunday's (Jan. 6) game against the Miami Heat.

Toronto Raptors Roster Notes

C Jonas Valanciunas - Out (Thumb) - Head coach Nick Nurse said Valanciunas will miss at least another 3-4 weeks, according to Blake Murphy of The Athletic.

F Kawhi Leonard - Out (Rest) - Did not play against the Pacers (Jan. 6) but is expected to return against the Atlanta Hawks.

Head-to-Head: Trae Young vs Kyle Lowry

Trae Young

15.3 PPG | 7.5 APG | 2.9 RPG | 0.8 SPG | 0.3 BPG | 4.0 TOV | .392 FG% | .282 3P%

Kyle Lowry

14.4 PPG | 9.8 APG | 4.5 RPG | 1.4 SPG | 0.5 BPG | 2.7 TOV | .433 FG% | .325 3P%

Trae Young and Kyle Lowry represent a matchup between the present and the future of the NBA's point guard position in the Eastern Conference. Lowry a deadeye shooter with an unstoppable defensive work ethic, Young an ice-cold shooter from three and playmaker in the mould of Steph Curry. It will be a thrilling matchup, regardless of record comparison.

Don't be fooled by Trae Young's three-point percentage. It may be incredibly low for a "three-point threat", but it is merely due to the sheer focus defenders have on his ability and his lack of outlets that result in his percentage. Young is crafty and fearless, but lacks the strength and experience to lead his team. Despite that, he's an incredible weapon for the Hawks that will surely test the Raptors backcourt.

Kyle Lowry may be battling a nagging back injury, but he is still deadly anywhere on the court. He is an incredible shooter with "in-the-gym" range and bulldog-esque defensive instincts. For however long he is on the court, Lowry's check will be in for a competitive shift. Don't forget Lowry is still one of the top assist-men in the league, when he's not shooting the ball he seems to always select the correct pass to ignite the play.

Atlanta Hawks at Toronto Raptors Predictions and Odds

How to Watch

Where: Scotiabank Arena, in Toronto, ON, Canada

When: 7:30 PM EST, Tuesday, January 8th 2019

How (TV/Radio): Fox Sports Southeast, TSN, Fox Sports Go (stream) | TSN Radio 1050 Toronto, 92.9 The Game

Atlanta Hawks

Head Coach: Lloyd Pierce {All-Time 12-17 | ATL}

The Atlanta Hawks enter their match against the Toronto Raptors with a paltry record of 12-27. Holding a lead over the Knicks, Bulls, and Cavaliers isn't much to be proud of, but the Hawks have been competitive in a number of matchups many expected them to fade away in.

Speaking of competitiveness, the Atlanta Hawks most recently blew out the Miami Heat to preface their three game road trip which starts with the Raptors. A shocking 41-21 third quarter for the Hawks built them a lead that the Heat merely didn't have enough time to overcome.

Against the Toronto Raptors the Hawks will want a similar team effort as five players recorded double-digit scoring numbers against the Heat. Maintaining a 41% shooting rate from three will be difficult, but keeping the Raptors honest from range will be a key to their success in this matchup.

Toronto Raptors

Head Coach: Nick Nurse {All-Time 30-12 | TOR}

The Toronto Raptors, after a slight hiccup at the end of December, have returned to first place in the Eastern Conference. With a record of 30-12 and recent wins over the Milwaukee Bucks and Indiana Pacers, they've gained a one game lead over their closest competitor.

After what has seemed like an injury plagued first half of the season, the Toronto Raptors seem to almost be back at full strength. Only centre Jonas Valanciunas is expected to miss more significant time, but he is luckily spelled by veteran Greg Monroe.

Considering the Toronto Raptors have lost ten and twelve games between Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Lowry, it will be exciting to see the Toronto Raptors operate at full efficiency again. If they went 30-12 while having 95 man-games lost to injury, what can we expect from a fully healthy Raptors squad?

What's At Stake?

The Atlanta Hawks and the Toronto Raptors have met a number of times in their respective histories as Eastern Conference foes. In the all-time series, the Atlanta Hawks lead the Toronto Raptors 45-42.

A win for the Atlanta Hawks will do little for their record overall. At twelfth in the Eastern Conference, they are too far behind the Washington Wizards and too far ahead of the New York Knicks for a win or loss to change their record.

Sitting at first in the East with the Milwaukee Bucks just one game behind them, a win would push their lead over the Bucks to two games.

Questions to answer

Can the Hawks cut down on turnovers?

What can Kyle Lowry provide for the Toronto Raptors?

We are going to compare the Atlanta Hawks and the Toronto Raptors in an attempt to see who has the advantage in this matchup.

The Atlanta Hawks are last in turnover percentage

The Atlanta Hawks are not a team that takes care of the ball. Chalk it up to inexperience, but instilling a culture of ball security is essential to the success of any team regardless of their stage of development.

Per 100 possessions, the Atlanta Hawks give away the ball 15.2% of the time. A staggering number, exemplified by the fact that they primary playmaker Trae Young is top five in the league turning the ball over at 4.0 per game.

The Toronto Raptors are a stout defensive team that can switch defenders from point to centre. Trae Young will be pressured from the jump, so it is essential that he not only makes the right decision but that his Hawks teammates make themselves available as outlets.

Kyle Lowry has missed the last 10 of 11 games

After going down with a back injury, Kyle Lowry missed a number of games that resulted in the Toronto Raptors finishing with a 6-5 record until his return. A more clear indicator of his contributions to the Raptors success can not be identified.

In his return against the Indiana Pacers, Lowry was his usual self. He took three charges in the game, hit two three-pointers, and had eight assists. His legs may not yet be under him and coach Nick Nurse surely cringes every time he draws a charge, but it is great to see that Lowry's attitude toward his play hasn't changed since he's been out.

Against a weaker team in the Atlanta Hawks, Kyle Lowry may be able to take some more liberties in getting his rhythm back. As with most of the Raptors team, Lowry's shooting has been off this season. Nevertheless he is always dangerous and getting the Toronto Raptors tuned as finely as possible before the All-Star break is a must.

Atlanta Hawks Roster Notes

G-F Kent Bazemore - Out (Ankle) - Bazemore is expected to be OUT for two more weeks.

C Miles Plumlee - Out (Knee) - Plumlee was listed as OUT for Sunday's (Jan. 6) game against the Miami Heat.

F Taurean Prince - Out (Left Ankle Sprain) - Prince was listed as OUT for Sunday's (Jan. 6) game against the Miami Heat.

Toronto Raptors Roster Notes

C Jonas Valanciunas - Out (Thumb) - Head coach Nick Nurse said Valanciunas will miss at least another 3-4 weeks, according to Blake Murphy of The Athletic.

F Kawhi Leonard - Out (Rest) - Did not play against the Pacers (Jan. 6) but is expected to return against the Atlanta Hawks.

Head-to-Head: Trae Young vs Kyle Lowry

Trae Young

15.3 PPG | 7.5 APG | 2.9 RPG | 0.8 SPG | 0.3 BPG | 4.0 TOV | .392 FG% | .282 3P%

Kyle Lowry

14.4 PPG | 9.8 APG | 4.5 RPG | 1.4 SPG | 0.5 BPG | 2.7 TOV | .433 FG% | .325 3P%

Trae Young and Kyle Lowry represent a matchup between the present and the future of the NBA's point guard position in the Eastern Conference. Lowry a deadeye shooter with an unstoppable defensive work ethic, Young an ice-cold shooter from three and playmaker in the mould of Steph Curry. It will be a thrilling matchup, regardless of record comparison.

Don't be fooled by Trae Young's three-point percentage. It may be incredibly low for a "three-point threat", but it is merely due to the sheer focus defenders have on his ability and his lack of outlets that result in his percentage. Young is crafty and fearless, but lacks the strength and experience to lead his team. Despite that, he's an incredible weapon for the Hawks that will surely test the Raptors backcourt.

Kyle Lowry may be battling a nagging back injury, but he is still deadly anywhere on the court. He is an incredible shooter with "in-the-gym" range and bulldog-esque defensive instincts. For however long he is on the court, Lowry's check will be in for a competitive shift. Don't forget Lowry is still one of the top assist-men in the league, when he's not shooting the ball he seems to always select the correct pass to ignite the play.

Atlanta Hawks at Toronto Raptors Predictions and Odds

The odds makers have the Toronto Raptors favoured over the Atlanta Hawks by 15.5, with an over/under of 110.

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