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Atlanta Hawks vs. Toronto Raptors Predictions and Preview for 4/5/2022

Atlanta Hawks takes on Toronto Raptors on 4/5/2022 at 07:40 PM.

The Atlanta Hawks and Toronto Raptors face off in an important game for both teams. Atlanta Hawks has a record of 41-37 this regular season. Toronto Raptors is 45-33 this regular season. Both have players to meet and know.

Atlanta Hawks Team Defense Preview




Their defensive efficiency is 114.9, there is a lot of work to do here. Now that we know what the overall defense looks like, it is time to understand why this defense is the way it is.

They are an average team when it comes to the shot quality of their opponents. They are quite average in their ability to keep opponents from scoring at the rim. There is an inconsistent effort to keeping opponents from scoring at the rim though.

This is not a team that excels at forcing live ball turnovers. Either the personnel or strategy is not there.

Atlanta Hawks Team Offense Preview




Getting excited about an offensive efficiency of 116.3 is going a bit overboard with an above-average offense. And nothing more than that. Now that we know what the overall offense looks like, it is time to understand why this offense is the way it is. This is a slower than average team when it comes to the pace of play.

Their True Shooting Percentage is .580 which is considered to be slightly above average. Their Effective Field Goal Rate is .542, which is considered to be slightly above average. They attempt .389 of their shots from three point range. They take threes less often than many in the NBA. They made .373 of their shots from three point range. They are an above average three point shooting team. They made .812 of their shots from the Free Throw Line. They are an above average Free Throw shooting team.

They have an offensive rebounding rate of 22.9% this season. They are a below average rebounding team.

Toronto Raptors Team Defense Preview

Their defensive efficiency is 110.4, which means they have an above average defense relative to other teams in the NBA. This analysis would be woefully incomplete without going into further detail aside from just a defensive efficiency rating.

They are an average team when it comes to the shot quality of their opponents. They are quite average in their ability to keep opponents from scoring at the rim. There is an inconsistent effort to keeping opponents from scoring at the rim though.

This team has strong on-ball defenders and players who can attack the passing lanes.

Toronto Raptors Team Offense Preview


You should not have high expectations considering their offensive efficiency is 112.8, but relatively speaking it is still a slightly above-average offense. This analysis would be woefully incomplete without going into further detail aside from just an offensive efficiency rating. This is a team that likes to play grinders. They want to execute in half court and frustrate opponents in their offensive half court situations.

Their True Shooting Percentage is .543 which is terrible. Their Effective Field Goal Rate is .511, which is terrible. They attempt .375 of their shots from three point range. They take threes less often than many in the NBA. They made .351 of their shots from three point range. They would be considered below average from beyond the arc. They made .756 of their shots from the Free Throw Line. They would be considered below average from the charity stripe.

They were able to get back 28.4% of their missed shots. They are a strong offensive rebounding team.

The Atlanta Hawks Roster

The Players to Watch for Atlanta Hawks

Trae Young 6-1 164 PG

He is a candidate for the All-Star Game this season.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. He is not considered a frequent three point shooter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He does not do the things he needs to do to get himself to the Free Throw Line consistently. At the Free Throw Line, he is an above average Free Throw shooter.

One of the best distributors in the NBA, he sets up his teammates like few others. He does not turn it over more or less than anyone. He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

Kevin Huerter 6-7 190 SG

He is a general rotation player on this team. Nothing too special thus far.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. There is nothing special regarding his shot selection on the perimeter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. In the NBA, he would be considered one of the more passive offensive players and he is almost exclusively a jump shooter. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He is a below-average distributor, but this may have a lot to do with offensive role.He has done a better job than most protecting the basketball.He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

Clint Capela 6-10 240 C

He is a positive impactful starter who makes an impact for this team.

He is one of the leaders in the NBA in his ability to get scoring attempts at the rim. Shooting three point shots is either a rarity or it never happens, he gets his work done in the paint. He either does not take three point shots or he does not make them either. Opponents are probably quite aware. He does not do the things he needs to do to get himself to the Free Throw Line consistently. Fouling him is probably better than letting him get two points on a drive or post-up. The Free Throw Line is an adventure for him and everyone is there to watch.

He is a below-average distributor, but this may have a lot to do with offensive role.The ball is in safe hands with him and there is a general level of comfort in his stewardship. He finds a way to get second and third chance opportunity for his team.

The Toronto Raptors Roster

The Players to Watch for Toronto Raptors

Scottie Barnes 6-9 227 PF

He is an important offensive option on this team this season.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. He is not considered a frequent three point shooter. He is a below average three point shooter. He is a bit more of a jump shot oriented player so he does not get fouled as much. At the Free Throw Line, he is an above average Free Throw shooter.

He is an average distributor in this offense. He does not turn it over more or less than anyone. On the offensive glass, he is generally average. Nothing stands out.

Pascal Siakam 6-9 230 PF

He is a positive impactful starter who makes an impact for this team.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. He is not considered a frequent three point shooter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He does not do the things he needs to do to get himself to the Free Throw Line consistently. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He is an average distributor in this offense. He does not turn it over more or less than anyone. He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

Fred VanVleet 6-1 197 PG

He is an important offensive option on this team this season.

He likes to drift out there on offense, he is not very active near the rim. There is nothing special regarding his shot selection on the perimeter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He is a bit more of a jump shot oriented player so he does not get fouled as much. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He sets up his teammates in an above-average fashion. He does not turn it over more or less than anyone. He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

Atlanta Hawks vs. Toronto Raptors Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: Atlanta Hawks 110 Toronto Raptors 106

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