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Following a Raptor-less 2021 NBA All-Star weekend, Toronto is back and playing in Tampa Bay for the first time since March 3rd, as they are set to face the Atlanta Hawks tonight.
Toronto will be without Pascal Siakam, Fred VanVleet, OG Anunoby, Patrick McCaw and Malachi Flynn this evening due to ongoing NBA health and safety protocols that originally sidelined them and the bulk of the coaching staff last week. Terence Davis is listed as questionable with a day-to-day ankle injury.
The 17-19 Raptors dropped their last two games against the Boston Celtics and Detroit Pistons. However, Toronto is 8-8 at home while Atlanta is 8-11 on the road.
The Hawks have won their last two away games and are looking to extend that streak to three tonight.
Atlanta’s Trae Young and Clint Capela are the two biggest threats tonight. Young leads all Hawks with 26.4 points per game while Capela cleans up the boards with an average of 14.2 rebounds.
The Raptors will have to execute a strong perimeter defence and beat the Hawks — especially Capella — to the boards on offence. On average, Atlanta’s three-point shooting is 9.6% lower with 5.5 less defensive rebounds on any given loss.
Cam Reddish (achilles), De’Andre Hunter (knee) and Kris Dunn (ankle) are all ruled out on the Hawks’ injury report.
The game tips off at 7:30PM EST tonight.