Date: February 12, 2014
Tip-Off Time: 7:00 p.m.
TV Channel: SportSouth (Local in Atlanta), NBA League Pass
Radio: 92.9 FM (Atlanta Flagship), Atlanta Hawks Radio Network Affiliates
Live Stream: League Pass Broadband
The struggles of the Atlanta Hawks (25-25) continued last night with a 15-point beat down from the Chicago Bulls, extending their losing streak to four games. As evidenced by the number in parentheses, the Hawks are now a .500 team until their game tonight against the Toronto Raptors (27-24) is over.
The Raptors are coming off of a 108-101 win against the New Orleans Pelicans, and have the extra advantage of playing at home for the second night in a row.
According to the basic stats, the Raptors are a pretty solid team across the board, with nothing really sticking out expect for an extremely good points allowed number. Toronto is No. 5 defensive team in the league according to this category, and the Hawks have struggled mightily against teams of this mold (losses to Indiana, Memphis, Chicago).
If the Hawks are going to turn their recent form around they are going to have to step up their defense and start hitting the boards with more energy. A big factor in their loss to the Bulls was a 57-28 rebound deficit. Even if teams aren’t great offensively, they are going to put up a lot of points when you give them so many second chances. Chicago had 17 offensive rebounds. That can’t happen again tonight.
The Hawks last played Toronto in their second game of the season, and won 102-95.
Vegas is putting Atlanta as 6-point underdogs and given their recent performances, that’s probably being a bit generous. Be sure to stay tuned for more information (follow us on twitter @ATLBeatBlog) and check back after the game for a full recap.
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