Preview: Hawks travel south to take on Raptors

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The Atlanta Hawks (29-25) will take on the Toronto Raptors from Tampa, FL Tuesday evening, looking to further entrench themselves in the Eastern Conference playoff picture. Coming off an extremely short-handed win in Charlotte over the Hornets on Sunday, the Hawks will look to keep the ball rolling as they travel south.

Atlanta sits as the No. 4 seed in the East heading into Tuesday’s action, winners of seven out of their last ten games. The Raptors are the 11th seed, losers of seven out of their last ten.

Atlanta pulled off the win Sunday behind heroics from Bogdan Bogdanovic, Lou Williams, Brandon Goodwin, Clint Capela and others while three of the regular five starters were unavailable due to injury.

The Hawks sit tenth in net rating (+1.9), while Toronto ranks 14th with a +0.4 net figure despite their win-loss record which reflects a much worse team. The reality is with the Raptors, it’s been a really weird season between injuries, several guys being in the COVID protocol and playing their home games in Florida, but they are still a capable group with good talent and can be tough to beat on a given night.

Injuries

For the Hawks, Trae Young (left calf contusion) is questionable, while Danilo Gallinari (right foot soreness) is doubtful. Tony Snell (right ankle sprain) is out.

John Collins (ankle), De’Andre Hunter (knee), Cam Reddish (Achilles) and Kris Dunn (ankle) all remain out.

For Toronto, Fred VanVleet (hip) and Jalen Harris (hip) are out, while Paul Watson is questionable (health and safety protocols).

The Line

This is another line that will heavily depend on the status of Young, who is obviously questionable to play as of early Tuesday morning. Most reputable books do not have a line listed on this game yet as a result, as Young’s absence from Sunday’s game vs. Charlotte resulting in a six-point swing in the line, with the Hawks starting as three-point favorites then moving to three-point underdogs once Young was ruled out that morning.

A line will ultimately be posted at some point Tuesday, once the status of Young becomes more clear.

Game Date/Time: Tuesday, Apr. 13, 7:30 pm ET

Location: Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL

TV: Bally Sports Southeast, NBA League Pass (out of market)

Radio: 92.9 The Game (Atlanta); Hawks Radio Network

Streaming: Fox Sports Go