With a magic number of two and just four games left on the schedule, common sense says that the Toronto Raptors can do enough to lock down the sixth seed and ensure a real playoff spot instead of the chaos of the play-in tournament.
The Atlanta Hawks, though, might have something to say about that.
Winners of five straight, the Hawks — and Trae Young, in particular — are peaking at the right time for the second straight season, getting right into the meat of the play-in tournament and giving Brooklyn Nets fans (all 10-15 of them) conniptions over their team’s post-season path. They arrive at Scotiabank Arena a confident team, and one the Raptors need to take seriously coming off a loss to Miami.
Similar to that game against the Heat, the Raptors will once again be without OG Anunoby, who will make it 17 missed games in the last 22 — this time due to a bruised thigh suffered in the team’s win over Orlando on April 1.
OG Anunoby will not play against the Hawks because of thigh contusion. Much improved, but still pretty sore says Nurse.— (((Eric Koreen))) (@ekoreen) April 5, 2022
For the Hawks, their shooting will get a boost as Bogdan Bogdanovich will play through knee soreness after being questionable earlier in the day. John Collins and Danilo Gallinari will miss tonight’s game.
An @emoryhealthcare injury report for tonight’s game at Toronto:— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) April 5, 2022
Bogdan Bogdanovic (right knee soreness): Available
John Collins (right ring finger sprain/right foot strain): Out
Danilo Gallinari (left knee inflammation): Out pic.twitter.com/mLVg1rHSgV
Here are the game details.
Where to Watch:
TSN, 7:30 PM EST
Toronto – Fred VanVleet, Gary Trent Jr., Khem Birch, Scottie Barnes, Pascal Siakam
Atlanta – Trae Young, Kevin Huerter, De’Andre Hunter, Clint Capela, Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot
Toronto – OG Anunoby (thigh – out), Yuta Watanabe (quad – out)
Atlanta – John Collins (foot, finger – out), Danilo Gallinari (knee – out)