Game preview: East-leading Raptors play host to Hawks


When/where: 7 p.m. today, Air Canada Centre 

TV: Fox Sports Southeast 

Stream: Fox Sports Go 

Radio: 92.9 The Game 

Injuries: Hawks—DeAndre Bembry (abdominal), Antonius Cleveland (ankle) and Malcolm Delaney (ankle) are out. 

Raptors—OG Anunoby (ankle) is out. 

What to watch for: After defeating the Suns on Sunday, the Hawks (20-44) will try to win consecutive games for just the fourth time this season. The Hawks will face Toronto without reserve guard Delaney, who was injured during the Suns game. The Hawks recalled guards Josh Magette and Andrew White from G-League Erie. 

Hawks starting guard Kent Bazemore didn’t play against the Suns for maintenance reasons, coach Mike Budenholzer said. Starting point guard Dennis Schroder went to the bench late in the third quarter and didn’t return. No word on if the Hawks will send out their regular starting lineup or play their normal rotation against the Raptors. 

The Raptors (45-17) have won 11 of their past 12 games and lead the Eastern Conference standings. Toronto has won four games in a row since losing to the Bucks in overtime in its first game following the All-Star break. 

The Raptors won the first three meetings against the Hawks by an average margin of 21 points and are favored by 12½ points in the series finale.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Sports

What’s the ‘magic number’ for the Atlanta Braves now?
What’s the ‘magic number’ for the Atlanta Braves now?

The Braves’ ‘magic number’ is down to six. Any combination of Braves victories and Phillies losses that equals the magic number will result in the NL East Division title for the Braves. The Braves defeated the Cardinals 7-3 Wednesday afternoon. The Phillies beat the Mets 4-0 in a night game.  The Braves lead the Phillies...
Georgia defense plans to make Missouri quarterback Drew Lock ‘uncomfortable’ in battle of unbeatens
Georgia defense plans to make Missouri quarterback Drew Lock ‘uncomfortable’ in battle of unbeatens

ATHENS — Georgia heads to Missouri intent on making quarterback Drew Lock uncomfortable, whether that means recording a sack or not. Bulldogs linebacker Monty Rice made that clear in his media session this week at Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall when asked about the Bulldogs generating just one sack through three games. &ldquo...
Injury status remains unclear for Bryan, Marshall
Injury status remains unclear for Bryan, Marshall

The availability of Georgia Tech offensive linemen Will Bryan and Andrew Marshall for the Yellow Jackets’ Saturday matchup with No. 3 Clemson remained uncertain after the team’s Wednesday practice. Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson said “we’ll know (Thursday)” about both players. Bryan missed last Saturday’s game at...
What Matt Ryan had to say about the Saints 
What Matt Ryan had to say about the Saints 

“We’re off to a good start. I thought practice today was good. Wednesdays, it’s about getting back onto the field and getting started on the plan, and I thought it went well today. We have a lot of work to do the rest of the week, but we’re off to a good start.” “I mean we’ll be prepared for a lot of different...
What Sean Payton had to say about the Falcons 
What Sean Payton had to say about the Falcons 

Here’s what Saints coach Sean Payton had to say in a conference call with the Atlanta media Wednesday: On the two different games the Saints played against the Bucs and Browns: “I think the best word would be ‘inconsistent.’ I think early in the season defensively, Week 1, we struggled with Tampa Bay. We struggled on third down...
More Stories