Toronto Raptors vs Atlanta Hawks: Predictions, Odds, and Roster Notes

How to Watch

What: Toronto Raptors at Atlanta Hawks

Where: State Farm Arena, Atlanta, GA

When: Monday, 20 January 2020, 2:30 PM EST

How (TV/Radio): NBATV, Fox Sports South East, SN1/E/O/W/P | The Game 92.9, Sportsnet 590 The FAN

Toronto Raptors (Away)

Head Coach: Nick Nurse {All-Time 86-38 | TOR}

Season Record: 28-14

Projected Starting Five: (G) Kyle Lowry – (G) Fred Vanvleet – (F) OG Anunoby – (F) Pascal Siakam – (C) Marc Gasol

Top Performers:

  • (F) Pascal Siakam – 35.5 MPG | 23.8 PPG | 7.5 RPG | 3.6 APG
  • (G) Kyle Lowry – 37.4 MPG | 20.4 PPG | 7.6 APG | 4.5 RPG
  • (G) Fred Vanvleet – 36.1 MPG | 18.3 PPG | 6.9 APG | 2.0 SPG

The Toronto Raptors have finally found their legs. All on the back of their improved health and wholly available roster. They are riding a three-game win streak and are coming off of back-to-back blowouts of the Wizards and the Timberwolves.

Their last match against the Minnesota Timberwolves was always in hand. Despite trailing during the first half, it was the Toronto Raptors who found their rhythm during the second half to put the match to bed. The Raptors’ backcourt trio of Lowry, Vanvleet, and Powell was unstoppable.

They head into Atlanta to take on a Hawks team that is singularly awful. The Hawks are bottom of the league both offensively and defensively. But the Raptors will have to contend with Trae Young, the East’s most scoring-adept point guard.

Atlanta Hawks (Home)

Head Coach: Lloyd Pierce {All-Time 39-86 | ATL}

Projected Starting Five: (G) Trae Young – (G) Kevin Huerter – (F) Cam Reddish – (F) Deandre Hunter – (C) John Collins

Season Record: 10-33

Top Performers:

  • (G) Trae Young – 35.0 MPG | 28.8 PPG | 8.5 APG | 4.6 RPG
  • (F) John Collins – 30.0 MPG | 17.5 PPG | 9.5 RPG | 2.1 BPG
  • (F) Jabari Parker – 26.2 MPG | 15.0 PPG | 6.0 RPG | .543 eFG%

The Atlanta Hawks don’t stand to profit much from a win in this match against the Toronto Raptors. Just over halfway through the season, the Atlanta Hawks are resting at last in the Eastern Conference and the NBA table.

Atlanta is coming off of an absolute drubbing by the Detroit Pistons in their last game. They were defeated by 33 points and allowed their opponents to shoot a scorching 59.3% from the field. They won’t receive a reprieve in this match.

Atlanta will be taking on one of the NBA’s most prolific forces in the reigning champion Toronto Raptors. Toronto is on a three-game win streak and has finally returned to health. The Hawks will have to be careful with how they manage this game.

What’s At Stake?

The Toronto Raptors and the Atlanta Hawks maintain one of the NBA’s most competitive regular-season series’. Over the course of 90 games, the Hawks and Raptors are dead even at 45-45.

A win for the Toronto Raptors would bring them within half a game of the second-place Miami Heat.

A win for the Atlanta Hawks would bring them within half a game of the New York Knicks in fourteenth place.

Questions to answer

Can the Toronto Raptors bring it all together?

Will the Atlanta Hawks’ backcourt discover their rhythm?

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

Can Pascal Siakam Get Back on Track?

Pascal Siakam’s opening to the season for the Toronto Raptors is what has powered them to their fantastic start. Almost a lock to be an All-Star starter, he missed eleven games this season due to injury but is yet to find his form in his last four games back.

Over Siakam’s four games back from injury, he is averaging 15.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game. A far cry from his 25.1 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 3.6 assists pre-injury. On the plus side, his defensive efforts haven’t waned since his return, as he averages a block and steal per game.

The Hawks own one of the NBA’s worst defences, so this may be the game for Siakam to get back on track. He had a massive scoring night last time out against the Hawks earlier this season – 34 points, four rebounds, and three assists – so there’s little to suggest the Hawks’ defence can slow him.

Simply Put, Defence First

While Trae Young is one of the NBA’s scoring leaders, it is clearly for selfish means as the young Hawks are failing to garner any rhythm towards improvement. They have much to learn from their last loss against the Pistons, where they allowed their opponents to shoot almost 60% from the field.

To give the Hawks some credit, the Pistons’ bench was unreal from three. Their opponents shot 12-23 from deep on the evening. However, Atlanta’s inability to stop them on the paint, on top of from three wrote their doom.

Non-committal in the paint and on the perimeter, the Hawks are liable to do the same against an even more talented team in the Raptors. Ranking in the top ten in blocks and steals, the Hawks need to do more to show that they are a capable defensive outfit.

Can the Raptors Frontcourt Recover?

The Raptors’ frontline is always solid defensively. But they are struggling to find consistency on the offensive side of the floor. The efforts of OG Anunoby and Marc Gasol need regularity on the attacking side, but their backups have more than made up for them.

In their match against the Wizards, Gasol and Anunoby combined for 38 points, 12 rebounds, six steals, and a block on 15-22 shooting. In their last game against the Timberwolves, they contributed a much more modest six points, seven rebounds, four assists, and two steals on 2-10 shooting.

Luckily for the Raptors, Serge Ibaka and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson tend to come up in support of them when necessary. They made up for the two last time out with a combined 21 points, 12 rebounds, two blocks, and a steal on 8-16 shooting. While Gasol and Anunoby need to pick it up, the Raptors aren’t bare for options without them.

The Hawks Backcourt Needs to Get Back on Track

The Atlanta Hawks aren’t a strong team across the board. But if they have any strength, it is in the quality of their backcourt. Trae Young is an All-Star in the making while Kevin Huerter is a more than capable shooter and playmaker. Unfortunately, they didn’t hit the mark in their last game.

Against the Pistons, the young backcourt was well off their season averages. They combined to shoot 7-23 from the field and only contributed 18 points, seven assists, and were 2-9 from deep.

To say the Hawks’ offence starts at the back with Huerter and Young is an understatement. They’ll have another tough night on their hands as they face one of the NBA’s toughest defensive backcourts in Kyle Lowry and Fred Vanvleet.

Toronto Raptors Roster Notes

(C) Dewan Hernandez – 31 Dec 2019 – Out (Ankle) – Hernandez has been sidelined since Dec. 16 against Cleveland with a sprained right ankle.

Atlanta Hawks Roster Notes

(F) Chandler Parsons – 18 Jan 2020 – Day To Day (Concussion/Whiplash) – Parsons did not play in Saturday’s game (Jan. 18) against the Pistons.

(C) Alex Len – 18 Jan 2020 – Day To Day (Back) – Len did not play in Saturday’s game (Jan. 18) against the Pistons.

(F) Jabari Parker – 7 Jan 2020 – Out (Shoulder) – The Hawks announced that Parker had a procedure on his right shoulder. He’s going to rehab and be evaluated in two weeks.

Head-to-Head: (G) Fred Vanvleet vs (G) Trae Young

Two of the NBA’s brightest young point guards clash when the Atlanta Hawks and the Toronto Raptors face off.

Fred Vanvleet has earned his “Steady Freddy” moniker by his incredibly reliable play. On the other side, Trae Young is having a prolific scoring season despite the win-averse Atlanta Hawks. We look forward to two possible All-Stars going head-to-head.

(G) Fred Vanvleet (6-1, 195lb (185cm, 88kg) | Wichita State | 3 Years)



Season Age Team Games MP PTS REB AST FG% 3P%
19-20 25 TOR 32 36.1 18.3 3.9 6.9 .04 .390


Fred Vanvleet is a rock for the Toronto Raptors on the offensive and the defensive side of the court. He’s having the season of his career and is lining himself up for quite the pay increase this offseason.

Vanvleet showed no signs of rust in his return from injury as he posted 29 points and four steals on 11-16 shooting from the field. Almost more important than his attacking contributions, he’ll be tasked with slowing down Trae Young on the defensive side of the ball.

(G) Trae Young (6-1, 180lb (185cm, 81kg) | Oklahoma | 1 Years)



Season Age Team Games MP PTS REB AST FG% 3P%
19-20 21 ATL 39 35.0 28.8 4.6 8.5 .445 .374


Trae Young has vaulted himself into the All-Star conversation. He’s raised his scoring average by 9.7 per game while also improving his shooting percentages across the board. While his team isn’t winning games, Young can’t be blamed for not contributing.

Young’s offensive vision and shooting ability are incredibly important in this match against the Toronto Raptors. He’ll need to act as a playmaker as well as an outlet against one of the league’s most vaunted defenses.

Toronto Raptors at Atlanta Hawks Predictions and Odds

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Why the Toronto Raptors Will Win

The reigning NBA Champions have the defensive and offensive ability to shut down the best teams. Considering the Atlanta Hawks are one of the worst in the league, the talent disparity is great enough for the Raptors to take this game. They will have to take care of the ball against the Hawks’ scrappy defense though.

Why the Atlanta Hawks Will Win

The Atlanta Hawks succeed when their defensive energy meets their offensive energy. If they can maintain their skill forcing steals and collecting blocks, on top of improving on their league-worst shooting percentage, they have a chance to take this game.

WSN’s Pick

The Toronto Raptors are too deep for the Atlanta Hawks to overcome. Barring a shooting miracle from the Hawks and a downturn from the Raptors, Toronto is well out of the Atlanta Hawks’ league.

WSN Picks: Toronto Raptors defeat Atlanta Hawks

Toronto Raptors vs Atlanta Hawks Odds

The latest odds for Raptors vs Hawks are provided by bet365 NJ, DraftKings Sportsbook, and 888Sport NJ.

Money Line

Sportsbook Raptors Hawks
bet365 NJ -360 +280
DraftKings -335 +270
888Sport NJ -335 +260

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