On Friday, the Toronto Raptors will head to Atlanta to take on the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. The Raptors are in a desperate race to hang on to the last playoff spot – and sportsbook cappers know the outlook got significantly worse this week.
On Tuesday, the Raptors’ scoring leader was put out of commission by an errant elbow from Cleveland Cavaliers forward Antawn Jamison. Bosh suffered a broken nose as a result of the unintentional hit and is out of the lineup for the remainder of the season following surgery. For Toronto, this couldn’t have come at a worse time. The team is deadlocked in a struggle with the Bulls for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. But things get worse.
Amir Johnson suffered a knee injury in the fourth quarter following a collision with the Celtics’ Glen Davis. While he initially left the game, he returned to play the remainder. As the coup de grace, Jarrett Jack sprained his ankle. He is listed as day-to-day. Yes, fate has proven cruel to the Raptors this week.
Already facing a better team in Atlanta, the injury-laden Toronto trails the season series 2-1, and will ride a three game losing streak into the match up. The Raptors are 14-25 on the road, while the Hawks are 32-7 at home. The Raptors are a team beaten up. Not the kind of shape you want to be in, taking on the Hawks. Detroit however, showed that the Hawks can be exploited when they get lazy – can the Raptors defy the NBA odds?
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