Scouting Report: Toronto Raptors
The Hawks win streak ended Friday night with a loss to the Pelicans. Atlanta will look to get back in the win column in Toronto as they look for their second win over the Raptors in six days. The Hawks beat the Raptors 118-113 in overtime in Atlanta last Tuesday behind 34 points from Jeff Teague.
Teague and Kyle Lowry had a terrific battle in the fourth quarter, and their matchup will be one to watch. Lowry had a rough start, but closed strong finishing with 20 points, nine assists, and seven rebounds. Teague did well to be aggressive and took advantage of the Raptors interior defense that was without Jonas Valanciunas who left the game with a sprained back — Valanciunas was back in action on Friday night — and had a big second half to help lead the Hawks to the win.
DeMar DeRozan continued his great play this season against the Hawks with 29 points, 10 rebounds, and six assists. DeRozan was held in check late in the fourth and in the overtime period, as the Hawks defense was successful against him bringing a quick double team when he caught the ball on the wing or in the corner, forcing him to pass out or shoot a contested shot.
The Hawks, up three on the Knicks for the eighth seed and one back of the Bobcats for seventh, will have plenty to play for in Toronto. They will have to do it without Kyle Korver — still suffering from back spasms — who did not make the trip to Canada.