UPDATE: Jose Calderon and Ed Davis will not play for the Raptors tonight. Both have been dealt in a 3-team trade involving Toronto, Memphis and Detroit. The deal is as follows:
Toronto: Out — Jose Calderon and Ed Davis // In — Rudy Gay and Hamed Haddadi
Memphis: Out — Rudy Gay and Hamed Haddadi // In — Ed Davis, Tayshaun Taylor and Austin Daye
Detroit: Out — Tayshaun Taylor and Austin Daye // In — Jose Calderon
This is the first match-up with the Raptors this season and they are a welcome sight in Philips Arena.
Toronto is currently 16-29 on the season, and while they are top-10 in the league in offensive efficiency (103.9 points per 100 possessions), their defense lands in the bottom five (allowing 105.3 points per 100) which should be an opportunity to get the offense going.
In the absence of Andrea Bargnani and Jonas Valanciunas, they’ve turned to Amir Johnson and Ed Davis, and while those two guys are playing pretty well, they are void of talent behind them and that’s a front-court advantage for Horford, Smith, and Pachulia.
On the perimeter, Kyle Lowry and Jose Calderon form a solid point guard duo, but the wing is a weak-spot for Toronto outside of DeMar Derozan, and because of their gaping holes on defense, it could be a field day for Korver and company from the three-point line.
This is a perfect opportunity to grab control of a home game early to reverse the trend of falling behind and having to claw back. It should, at the very least, be entertaining.
Who?: Atlanta Hawks vs Toronto Raptors
What?: Eastern Conference Showdown (Game #45, Home Game #23)
Where?: Philips Arena (Atlanta, GA)
When?: Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013 – 7:30 PM (ET)
How?: SportSouth HDTV / 680 AM & 93.7 FM
Projected Starting Lineups
PG: Jeff Teague | SG: Devin Harris | SF: Kyle Korver | PF: Josh Smith | C: Al Horford
PG: Kyle Lowry | SG: Alan Anderson | SF: DeMar DeRozan | PF: Amir Johnson | C: Aaron Gray
Injury/Inactive Players Report
Atlanta Hawks: Anthony Morrow (sore lower back) is a game-time decision. Zaza Pachulia (sore right Achilles) is doubtful. Lou Williams (torn ACL, right knee) is out.
Toronto Raptors: Kyle Lowry (back spasms) is a game-time decision. Andrea Bargnani (torn right elbow ligament/strained right wrist), Linas Kleiza (sore right knee) and Jonas Valanciunas (fractured metacarpal) are all out.
Current Records/Streak & Hot, Lukewarm, or Cold
Records: Atlanta Hawks (25-18) … Toronto Raptors (16-29)
Streak: Atlanta Hawks –> OVERALL: Lost 1 / HOME: Won 2 / ROAD: Lost 1 … Toronto Raptors –> OVERALL: Lost 2 / HOME: Lost 2 / ROAD: Won 1
Home/Away Records: Hawks are (15-7) at home … Raptors are (5-18) on the road.
Atlanta Hawks: Lukewarm. The Hawks had their three-game win streak snapped on Sunday in Madison Square Garden against the New York Knicks 106-104 but their offense seems to be clicking as they’re averaging 108.8 ppg during the past four games.
Toronto Raptors: Cold. The Raptors just lost back-to-back matchups at home and post a horrible 5-18 record on the road this season. Toronto is 3-7 in their 10 games overall.
Season/Past Season Series
Toronto visits Atlanta for the first time this year in the first-of-three games between the clubs. The Hawks travel north of the border on 3/27 before hosting the Raptors again on 4/16 to finish the season series. Atlanta took last year’s series, 3-1, including the last meeting, a 109-87 road decision on 4/16/12. The Raptors won the last game at Philips Arena on 4/15/12 (102-86). The Hawks lead the all-time series 37-27, including a 19-13 home mark.
Jannero Pargo played five games for Toronto in 2003-04. Raptors assistant coach Johnny Davis is a former Hawks player, assistant coach and once served as the club’s Community Relations Director. Hawks assistant Kenny Atkinson coached Landry Fields as an assistant with the Knicks from 2010-12. Johan Petro and Linas Kleiza were teammates with Denver for part of the 2008-09 season. Kyle Korver and John Lucas III teamed-up in Chicago (2010-12). Pargo and Aaron Gray both played for Chicago during the 2009-10 season.
Information was used from the Hawks and Raptors official gamenotes