Atlanta Hawks at Toronto Raptors - 3/11/21 NBA Picks and Prediction

Atlanta Hawks at Toronto Raptors - 3/11/21 NBA Picks and Prediction Photo by Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Raptors (17-19) vs Atlanta Hawks (16-20)

Game Info: Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 7:30 pm (Amalie Arena)

Betting Odds: Toronto Raptors +1.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Toronto Raptors play host to the Atlanta Hawks at the Amalie Arena on Thursday night.

The Atlanta Hawks were in decent form heading into the All-Star break as they’ve won five of their last nine games and they will be aiming for a third straight victory after taking down the Magic in a 115-112 road win last Wednesday. Trae Young led the team with 32 points and eight assists, Danilo Gallinari added 23 points with nine rebounds and six assists while John Collins chipped in with 15 points and nine rebounds. As a team, the Hawks shot 44 percent from the field and a sizzling 21 of 45 from the 3-point line as they struggled early on and fell behind by 19 points at halftime, before flipping the game on its head in the second half where they poured in 73 points.

Meanwhile, the Toronto Raptors stumbled their way into the All-Star break as they’ve lost four of their last five games and they will be hoping to avoid a third straight defeat after getting stopped by the Celtics in a 132-125 road loss on Thursday. Chris Boucher drained five 3-pointers on his way to 30 points off the bench, Norman Powell added 25 points, Terrence Davis scored 22 points while Kyle Lowry chipped in with 14 points and 19 assists. As a team, the Raptors shot 49 percent from the field and 21 of 50 from the 3-point line as they set the tone with 70 points in the first half, before losing their way in the third quarter where they managed just 22 points to allow the Celtics to run away with it.

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Looking at the betting trends, the Hawks are 1-4-1 ATS in their last six road games, 1-4-1 ATS in their last six games against a team with a losing record and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games playing on three or more days’ rest. The Raptors are 6-15 ATS in their last 21 home games, 5-13 ATS in their last 18 games playing on three or more days’ rest and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games following a loss.

Head to head, the over is 4-0 in the last four meetings overall and the Hawks are 3-9 ATS in the last 12 meetings in Toronto.

The Hawks haven’t been at their absolute best lately, but they’re starting to pick up steam with Young leading the way, while the Raptors really been struggling lately as they have a long list of players out due to health and safety protocols including Fred VanVleet, OG Anunoby, Patrick McCaw and Pascal Siakam. The Hawks aren't the best road team, but this looks like a good spot for the Hawks to steal a win over the Raptors while they’re depleted.

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Peter’s Pick Atlanta -1.5

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