The Toronto Raptors are impressing a lot of people this season as they are sitting at second place in the Eastern Conference with a 31-14 record. The Atlanta Hawks, on the other hand, can be better as they currently have a 14-32 record. Both the Raptors and the Hawks will play each other on Wednesday as this matchup will mark the third of four meetings between these two ball clubs this season.
The Raptors and the Hawks have clashed with each other a grand total of 84 times in the past as the Raptors won 39 games while the Hawks ended up winning 45 times. The last time they met up was on December 29 when the Raptors defeated the Hawks, 111-98. DeMar DeRozan finished that game with 25 points, one rebound, 5 assists, and 2 blocks while Taurean Prince had 30 points, 10 rebounds, one assist, and 2 blocks.
Lorenzo Brown (G-League; 1.1 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 1.1 APG, 33.3 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Bruno Caboclo (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.5 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Malcolm Miller (G-League; 2.0 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.0 APG, 40.0 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
DeAndre’ Bembry (groin; 4.8 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 1.4 APG, 37.5 FG%, 35.0 3P%)
Andrew White (G-League)
Josh Magette (G-League; 2.3 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 2.0 APG, 42.9 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
Tyler Cavanaugh (5.0 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 0.8 APG, 47.4 FG%, 36.6 3P%)
The Raptors would be completely from the start of the game as they shot forty-three percent from the field in the first half, keeping the Hawks at thirty-six percent. The 2012-2013 All-Rookie player Jonas Valanciunas would score 12 points as he collected nine rebounds and blocked three shots. Serge Ibaka contributed with two three-pointers and two free-throws while DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry chalked up six points each. Fred VanVleet played 10 minutes off of the bench as he got hot four 14 points.
As for the Hawks, Dennis Schroder posted up 13 points as he shot fifty-five percent from the field. He earned three of those points from beyond the arc as Kent Bazemore helped out with nine points. Texas-native Taurean Prince was held to just two points while John Collins recorded six points, six rebounds, and two blocks. Former Spurs’ guard Marco Belinelli played the most minutes off of the bench as was kept to just four points as the visiting team went into halftime with a 58-40 advantage.
The Georgia team would attempt to make a comeback as they went on a 53-50 run in the second half, shooting forty-four percent from the field. During that run, Schroder scored seven points with a three-pointer early in the third period while recording five rebounds, two assists, and one steal. Miles Plumlee and Kent Bazemore both helped out with four points each while Collins played the most minutes off of the bench to score seven points.
On the other end of the floor, DeMar DeRozan and OG Anunoby scored eight points each as the Raptors still pull away with a 108-93 win. Fred VanVleet finished the game with 19 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, and a career-high 3 blocks. Dennis Schroder settled for 20 points, a season-high 8 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals.
The Toronto Raptors will host Donovan Mitchell (19.2 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 3.4 APG, 45 FG%) and the Utah Jazz (19-28) on Friday at 7:30 p.m. This meeting will mark the first of two times that these two ball clubs will face off this season. The Raptors and the Jazz have battled each other a grand total of 42 times as the Jazz won 26 games while the Raptors ended up winning only 16 games. November 3 was the last they played each other as the Raptors slipped away with a 109-100 win. DeMar DeRozan finished that game with 37 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 assists while Donovan Mitchell had 25 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals, and 2 blocks.
The Atlanta Hawks will go up to North Carolina to clash with Kemba Walker (21.8 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 5.9 APG, 42 FG%) and the Charlotte Hornets (19-26) on Friday at 7:00 p.m. This will be the first of three more games between these two teams this season as October 20 was the last time they met up. During that game in which the Hornets defeated the Hawks, 109-91, Kemba Walker scored 26 points, pulled down 4 rebounds, dished off 9 assists, and committed one steal. Dennis Schroder finished with 25 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists, and one steal.