Written and authored by National Basketball Association Expert Analyst Charlie McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for their 2015 Basketball game. The teams will play on Friday February 20th, 2015. At 7:35 PM EST.
The (36-17) Toronto Raptors of the Eastern Conference Atlantic Division makes the trip from the province of Ontario to the Peach State. Toronto will play the (43-11) Atlanta Hawks of the Eastern Conference Southeast Division in 2015 NBA action. The teams will play at Philips Arena in downtown Atlanta, Georgia. This Sports Handicapper believes both the Toronto Raptors and the Atlanta Hawks are comfortable with their current rosters and will not make any trades this season. The betting line has Toronto as a five-point road underdog Against The Spread, the betting odds total is 205′ for Friday’s game.
The 2015 Toronto Raptors come back from the All-Star break with three straight road games. Toronto plays Atlanta Friday, Saturday they meet the Rockets in Houston before traveling the “THE BIG EASY” for a February 23rd matchup with the Pelicans. Toronto has on their last three straight up. Head Coach Dwane Casey’s teams are fifth in the league scoring the basketball. The Raptors allow the opposition 100.7 points per contest. The betting odds over the total are 4-1 Toronto last 5 following a Point Spread loss. Toronto is 4-1 Against The Number their last five on Friday’s. Toronto is 5-2 Against The Spread their last seven in the “ATL”. The Toronto Raptors are 5-5 their last ten Free NBA ATS Expert Betting Picks overall, going over the betting odds total six times and staying under the betting odds total four. All-Star Point Guard Kyle Lowrey is the team leader in points, assists, and steals per game. Center Jonas Valanciunas grabs a team-high nine rebounds and one block. Swingman DeMar DeRozan is the team’s best player, and he must impose will Friday. The key to a Toronto win is to get up and down the court with tempo. The Raptors defense must defend the perimeter and make it a physical game in the paint.
The 2015 Atlanta Hawks have the best record in the Eastern Conference and want to get home-court advantage throughout the 2015 NBA Playoffs. Atlanta dropped two of three straight up and Against The Spread going into the break. Point Guard Jeff Teague, Forward Al Horford, Paul Milsap and Swingman Kyle Korver competed in the 2015 All-Star game. Teague leads the teams in scoring and assists. Atlanta scores 103.6 points per game and allows opponents 96.8 that’s fourth in the NBA. The betting odds over the total are 5-0 the Hawks last five following a Point Spread loss. Atlanta is 8-0 Against The Number their last eight home games against a team with a winning road record. The Atlanta Hawks are 3-3 their last six ATS at home, going over the betting odds total five times and staying under the betting odds total once. The key to an Atlanta win is to play in space and find Korver and other three-point shooters. Teague is the spark plug that drives the team. Horford and Milsap have to control the post.
Free Picks: Toronto+5.