The Atlanta Hawks (25-26) travel to Scotiabank Arena Friday to take on the Toronto Raptors (27-23). Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET. Below, we look at the Hawks vs. Raptors odds and lines, and make our expert NBA picks, predictions and bets.
The Hawks are coming into this game following a 9-point win over the Phoenix Suns at home as 3-point underdogs. This is their second night of a back-to-back.
Atlanta has covered 8 of its last 9 games, pushing its against the spread record to 23-28 this season. Toronto has been much better ATS with a 29-21 record this season.
The Raptors are also playing the second night of a back-to-back, beating the Bulls by 7 in overtime as 4.5-point favorites. This is the Raptors’ fourth game in 5 days. Nonetheless, they’ve covered all 4.
Hawks at Raptors odds, spread and lines
Odds provided by Tipico Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a full list. Lines last updated at 2:15 p.m. ET.
Money line: Hawks +130 (bet $100 to win $130) | Raptors -160 (bet $160 to win $100)
Against the spread (ATS): Hawks +3.5 (-112) | Raptors -3.5 (-108)
Over/Under (O/U): 217.5 (O: -112 | U: -108)
PLAY: Free, daily sports pick’em contests. Play now!
Hawks at Raptors key injuries
SF Danilo Gallinari (hamstring) out
PF John Collins (shoulder) questionable
SG Lou Williams (back) questionable
Deposit $10 or more, get $100 in instant bet credits at Tipico Sportsbook! New customer offer in CO and NJ. 21+, see Tipico.com for Terms and Conditions. Place your legal, online sports bets at Tipico. Let’s make this interesting. Bet now!
Hawks at Raptors odds, lines, picks and predictions
Raptors 114, Hawks 109
“LEAN” to the RAPTORS -160.
I prefer taking the points and the better odds, but this would work as well. The Raptors are allowing just 106.8 points per game, the 9th-fewest.
G Fred VanVleet, who ranks second in deflections, will get the challenge of defending G Trae Young, who is averaging the fourth-most points per game in the league.
VanVleet and a Raptors defense that can switch 1-5 should be able to neutralize the Hawks’ pick-and-roll offense. The Hawks run the second-most pick-and-rolls in the NBA.
The Raptors’ size should disrupt what the Hawks do best, giving Toronto the advantage.
Against the spread
BET on the RAPTORS -3.5 (-108).
The Raptors beat the Hawks in Atlanta Jan. 31.
While the Hawks were without Young, the Raptors got 56 points from F Pascal Siakam and G Gary Trent Jr. Both are playing at a high level, which has helped Toronto win 4 straight.
Toronto is a league-best 7-2 ATS with no rest, so their depth and youth give them an advantage, one that should help dictate this Eastern Conference battle.
PASS on the total. I like the Under here but not nearly as much as the Raptors spread.
While both teams are over-.500 on the Over this season, they’re also each 4-5 O/U with no rest. Tired legs could hurt the shooting, especially as the two combined for 206 points the last time they met.
Bet legally online with a trusted partner: Tipico Sportsbook, Sportsbook Wire’s official sportsbook partner in CO, NJ and, soon, IA. Bet now!
If you’re looking for more sports betting picks and tips, access all of our content at SportsbookWire.com and BetFTW. Please gamble responsibly.
Follow @nathanbeighle_ on Twitter. Follow SportsbookWire on Twitter and like us on Facebook.
Additional NBA sports coverage:
HoopsHype | Celtics Wire | LeBron Wire | Lonzo Wire | Nets Wire | Rockets Wire | Sixers Wire | Thunder Wire | Warriors Wire | Rookie Wire | List Wire
Gannett may earn revenue from Tipico for audience referrals to betting services. Tipico has no influence over nor are any such revenues in any way dependent on or linked to the newsrooms or news coverage. See Tipico.com for Terms and Conditions. 21+ only. Gambling problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER (NJ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO), 1-800-BETS-OFF (IA).