Hawks vs. Raptors Prediction

Are the Raptors a good bet to cover the spread vs. Hawks? 12/16/16

Are the Raptors a good bet to cover the point spread tonight as a favorite versus the Hawks at 7:30PM ET?

According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Raptors are now 7.5-point home favorites versus the hawks after opening as an 8-point favorite. As for the total, the number hit the board at 210.5 and was bet up to 213.5.

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HAWKS KEY TRENDS: The Hawks are 6-16 against the spread in their last 22 road games, are 1-6 against the number in their last seven games overall, and are 1-4 at the betting window in their last five games following an ATS loss. That said, they're 16-5 against the spread in their last 21 games following a double-digit loss at home and are 4-1 against the number in their last five games versus a team with a winning percentage above .600.

RAPTORS KEY TRENDS: The Raptors have been a great bet, going 13-2-1 against the spread in their last 16 games following an ATS win and are 7-1-1 at the betting window in their last nine home games. They're also 11-1 against the spread in their last 12 games versus Eastern Conference opponents and are a perfect 5-0 against the number in their last five games versus a team with a losing straight up record.

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OUR PREDICTION: The favorite is a perfect 4-0 against the spread in the last four games between these two teams and so is the home squad. The Hawks, meanwhile, have really struggled to cover against the Raptors. They're 1-5 against the number in their last six games versus Toronto and are 1-6 at the betting window in their last seven road games when playing the Raptors. Toronto has been one of the best home buys of the season, covering in nine of its 12 home games this season and winning by an average margin of 15.6.

 

FRIDAY NBA PREDICTION: TORONTO RAPTORS -7.5

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