Toronto Vs Atlanta Pro Hoops Lines Report
The Eastern Conference playoff race is about as wide open as it gets at this very late stage of the season. Other than the top 2 seeds, there is really nothing else set in stone. The other 6 teams could very well change spots numerous times in the final few games of the regular season, which is going to add a playoff quality to each of the games that the teams involved have yet to play. We have a good one lined up for Thursday night when the Toronto Raptors, who will finish in 2nd place in the East, head to Atlanta to face a Hawks team that are desperately trying to cling to the #3 seed. They are involved in an incredibly tight division race that could push them down as far as the #6 seed if they falter in the final few games of the season. This is a huge game as far as playoff implications go, and you can wager on it at MyBookie.
Toronto Raptors Vs Atlanta Hawks Pro Hoops Lines Report
When: Thursday, April 7 at 8 PM EST
Where: Phillips Arena, Atlanta
Radio: CHUM and WCNN
Live Stream: NBA Stream
NBA Odds: TBA
Why bet on the Toronto Raptors
The Raptors (52-25) have had their way with the Hawks over the past couple of seasons, winning 6 of their last 7 meetings. That includes Toronto going 3 for 3 against Atlanta this season. They may have a tougher time of things this time out, as the Hawks definitely have much more to play for at this stage of the season. Toronto are coming into this one on a decent run of form, going 6-4 in their last 10 games. While the have been a much better team at home this year, they have still managed to post a respectable 22-16 record on the road, and are a solid 35-12 against conference foes overall. The Raptors are averaging 102.7 PPG, and are giving up 98.4 PPG.
Why bet on the Atlanta Hawks
This time last season, the Atlanta Hawks (46-32) had essentially sewn up the Eastern Conference, but things have proven to be a little tougher for them this time around. At the end of the day, they are probably going to be pleased with a #3 seed heading into the playoffs, but they still have a lot of work to do in order to finish there. They are just a half game up on Miami and Charlotte in their division, and they have a pretty tough schedule to finish out the regular season. Atlanta ae playing well right now, though, and are coming into this one having gone 7-3 in their last 10 games. The Hawks are averaging 102.9 PPG, and are giving up 99.0 PPG.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
All of the pressure is on the Hawks in this game, which is not good news for a team that has struggled so badly against the Raptors the past couple of seasons. I expect a close one, but I think Toronto will just edge it.