Raptors heavy favourites hosting Hawks on Tuesday

Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet (23) drives to the net as Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) defends. (Frank Gunn/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

The Toronto Raptors will be looking to extend their season-high straight-up win streak to eight games when they return home to face the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday as 12.5-point favourites on the NBA odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Toronto continued its winning ways with a 110-106 victory in San Antonio on Sunday to move into second place in the Eastern Conference standings going into Tuesday night’s matchup at Scotiabank Arena.

The Raptors have been steady producers at the sportsbooks during their second seven-game win streak of the season, covering on five occasions, including lopsided wins by double-digit margins in each of their past two home dates.

The team’s recent strong play on home hardwood, which includes last week’s decisive 107-95 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers as 6.5-point chalk, put the brakes on a recent home swoon. The Raptors had stumbled to a 1-4 SU record in their previous five home contests, and had gone 4-8 against the spread in their previous 12 prior to their two recent ATS wins, according to the OddsShark NBA Database.

Toronto has benefited from the recent return of several players after lengthy absences due to injury. Pascal Siakam has averaged 30.3 points per game in eight outings since his return after missing almost a month, and the club’s seven-game tear coincided with the return of big man Marc Gasol, who has averaged 10.5 rebounds over the past two games.

The Raptors have also impressed while pegged as double-digit home favourites, winning and easily covering in two home dates this season while favoured by 10 or more points, and going 29-1 SU in their past 30. However, the team’s recent steady play has had little impact on their odds to defend their NBA title, which continue to lag at +2500. Toronto also remains fifth on the Eastern Conference championship odds, listed at +1000.

The Hawks make their first trip to Toronto this season riding high after outlasting the Washington Wizards in a 152-133 victory as 1-point home chalk on Sunday. With the win, the Hawks now sport a 3-3 SU record over their past six contests, but remain in a three-way battle with New York and Cleveland for last place in the Eastern Conference standings.

Atlanta has particularly struggled on the road this season, and ranks 30th in the NBA with a 5-19 SU away record. The team has also struggled massively to produce outright wins while pegged as road underdogs of 10 or more points at online sports betting sites, going 3-23 SU in their past 26, but have covered in five of seven as heavy road underdogs this season.

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