Toronto Raptors at Atlanta Hawks - 2/26/22 NBA Picks and Prediction

Toronto Raptors at Atlanta Hawks - 2/26/22 NBA Picks and Prediction Photo by Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Hawks (28-31) vs Toronto Raptors (32-26)

Game Info: Saturday, February 26, 2022 at 7:30 pm (State Farm Arena)

Betting Odds: Atlanta Hawks -2.5 -- Over/Under: 225.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Toronto Raptors pay a visit to the Atlanta Hawks at the State Farm Arena on Saturday night.

The Toronto Raptors have been in great shape as they’ve won nine of their past 12 games overall, but they will be hoping to bounce back after getting thrashed by the Hornets in a 125-93 road loss last night. Scottie Barnes led the team in scoring with 28 points on 13 of 18 shooting while Gary Trent Jr. chipped in with 12 points, but no other player finished in double figures in scoring. As a team, the Raptors shot 44 percent from the field and just six of 23 from the 3-point line, but they got off to a terrible start and allowed 42 points in the second quarter to trail by 23 points at halftime and things only got worse in the third quarter where they managed just 14 points to trail by as many as 41 points. Fred VanVleet finished with just eight points on three of 12 shooting while Pascal Siakam shot just three of 13 for his eight points.

Meanwhile, the Atlanta Hawks have been in a rut as they’ve lost five of their last eight games and they will be hoping to bounce back after coming up just short to the Bulls in a 112-108 road loss on Thursday. Bogdan Bogdanovic led the team with 27 points on 11 of 24 shooting off the bench, Danilo Gallinari added 26 points with nine rebounds while Trae Young and Clint Capela each scored 14 points. As a team, the Hawks shot just 42 percent from the field and eight of 28 from the 3-point line as they kept pace with the Bulls in a tight contest all the way until the Bulls closed the final 46.9 seconds on a 7-0 run to snatch the game from them late.

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Looking at the betting trends, the Raptors are 6-1 ATS in their last seven road games, 9-1 ATS in their last 10 games playing on zero days’ rest and 24-8 ATS in their last 32 games overall. The Hawks are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 home games, 1-4 ATS in their last five games against a team with a wining record and 1-7 ATS in their last eight Saturday games.

Head to head, the over is 6-2 in the last eight meetings overall.

The Raptors were in fine form before getting embarrassed by the Hornets last night, so they will be eager to atone for last night’s poor showing, while the Hawks have cooled off lately and they just fell short to the Bulls, but they are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 home games. You can make an argument for either side, but the Hawks will be without John Collins and Lou Williams, while DeAndre Hunter is questionable, so I’ll stick with the Raptors to bounce back in this one.

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