Authored by NBA Against The Spread Expert Analyst Charlie McDougall and produced by Charliessports.com for their 2014-15 NBA season opener on Wednesday October 29, 2014 at 7:30 pm est.
The (0-0) Atlanta Hawks of the NBA Eastern Conference Southeast division will take on the (0-0) Toronto Raptors of the Eastern Conference Atlantic division in 2014-15 NBA action. The game will be played at The Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario. This Sports Handicapper believes the Atlanta Hawks are still a playoff team in the 2014-15 season, the problem is that they will probably be done in the first round as they usually are. Atlanta is a team that has chemistry and a lot of good young player but when it gets to Late April key players seem to be injured. The Toronto Raptors made it to the postseason for the first time in nearly a decade last season, before going down to Brooklyn 4-3 in a series that went 7 games and was one of the more exciting 1st round matchups in a while. These are tow of the most equally matched teams in the league.Charliessports.com Is your source for NBA news, notes and Predictions. NBA Betting Line has the Atlanta Hawks as a 5′ point road underdog Against The Spread and the total is posted at 197′ points for Wednesday’s basketball game.
The 2014-15 Atlanta Hawks got the steal of the 2014 NBA draft when they made Adreian Payne a 6’10 forward out of Michigan State their first round pick, number 15 overall. The pick will bring even more depth at the position, the Hawks are loaded at both the small and power forward positions. It has been the same story in the playoffs for the Hawks, they were beaten by the Indiana Pacers again in the first round for the second straight year. Atlanta is 8-3 Against The Spread their last 11 NBA Predictions in Toronto. The Hawks have been a consistent basketball team over the past 3 or 4 season’s, nothing spectacular. Atlanta brought in former Oklahoma City forward Thabo Sefolosha, who can show the team how to prepare and at least advance to the second round. Point guard Jeff Teague is a rising star who can get to the basket against any guard in the league. Atlanta will have an awesome front line if Center Al Horford can stay healthy. Power forwar Paul Milsap came over from Utah in the 2013 season and he is a lunch pail kind of player, one of the hardest workers in the NBA. Sharp shooting Kyle Korver broke the a NBA record for 3 point makes. It’s all in place for Atlanta to at least compete with Washington and Miami in a very good Southeast division.
The 2014-15 Toronto Raptors will have the same team in tact as they did last season, the team didn’t go out and try to sign any notable Free Agents and that shows management as well as head coach DeWayne Casey trust this team. The problem is are they going to be able to keep their rising star DeMar DeRozan north of the border or will he leave for greener pasture the way for Raptors Vince Carter and Tracy McGrady did. The over is 9-1 Toronto last 10 NBA Betting Picks at home. The under has come in 5 of the last 7 times the teams have played in Toronto. The key to success in Toronto is the play of point guard Kyle Lowry, center Amir Johnson and DeRozen. Coach Casey has gotten this basketball team to buy into his system. The fans in Toronto really enjoyed the team making the playoff and it was one of the most festive scenes in the league as fans rallied at Maple Leaf Square to watch their matchup vs. The Nets, it was awesome. That kind of fan support may keep some of the budding stars around for a while.