The Raptors head into MLK Day with the Hawks coming off some very impressive performances against the Kings, Pacers, and Bulls. Even though all three games were losses the Raptors showed that they can keep games close against good teams, even without Andrea Bargnani’s 28 points per game.
But still, the Raptors will be in tough against a Hawks team loaded with athleticsm and scoring talent. Even without Al Horford the Raptors will be lucky to come out of this afternoon with a win. If the Raptors are to have any chance they will need a better performance from their post players, as Amir Johnson, Ed Davis, and Raptors nemesis and offensive black hole Rasual Butler combined for eight points on 4 for 17 shooting in Saturday’s loss to Chicago.
The Raptors went 0-3 against Atlanta in 2011.
DeMar DeRozan has improved from his slow start in the last three games, scoring 17 points per game on 51% shooting.