Toronto Raptors at Atlanta Hawks
Toronto Raptors Preview
The Toronto Raptors look to defeat Atlanta for the ninth straight time when they visit the Hawks on Monday. The Raptors are clicking on offense and are averaging 130.7 points over the past three games, including Saturday’s 122-112 road over win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Guards Fred VanVleet (29 points) and Kyle Lowry (28) had hot hands from outside, as VanVleet was 7 of 8 from 3-point range after missing the previous five games with a hamstring injury, and Lowry made 5 of 8 from behind the arc. Backup swingman Norman Powell also is playing well, with four straight outings of at least 20 points.
Atlanta Hawks Preview
Atlanta Hawks star guard Trae Young aims to bounce back from a shaky effort when his team hosts the Toronto Raptors on Monday. Young averages 28.8 points per game but tallied just 16 on 6-of-16 shooting during Saturday’s 136-103 home loss to the Detroit Pistons. Young averaged 33.5 points and made 11 of 21 3-point attempts over the previous two games.
Power forward John Collins scored a team-high 20 against Detroit and is averaging 20 points and 8.3 rebounds over the past three games. Center Alex Len (back) is expected to miss his fourth straight game. Atlanta has lost 16 of its last 20 games.