The Atlanta Hawks visit Toronto to open the Raptors 20th NBA season on Wednesday night. The Hawks owing the longest consecutive streak in the postseason among Eastern Conference teams at 7 years and the Atlantic Division winning Raptors hoping to build on last season’s unexpected success.
Pro Ball Report editor Stephen Brotherston provides his pregame comments about the Raptors home opener.
Atlanta: Jeff Teague, Kyle Korver, DeMarre Carroll, Paul Millsap, Al Horford
Toronto: Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Terrence Ross, Amir Johnson, Jonas Valanciunas
Atlanta: Al Horford, expected to play after only 2 preseason games may not be back to his usual All-Star form yet.
Atlanta: 38-44, but played at a 45-win pace with Horford in the lineup.
Toronto: 48-34, but played at a 54-win pace post Rudy Gay trade.
Atlanta: 4-3, 101.1 ppg for, 99 ppg given up
Toronto: 7-1, 97.3 ppg for, 92 ppg given up
Both teams returning all five starters from last year.
Lou Williams was traded by the Hawks to the Raptors this summer and will be a key player off the bench for Toronto.
Raptors Head coach Dwane Casey is now the longest serving head coach in the Atlantic Division.