Will Trae Young Play Tonight? Atlanta Hawks vs Toronto Raptors: Preview, Lineups & Predictions

Published 02/06/2021, 2:53 PM EST
Trae Young #11 of Atlanta Hawks looks at before the Toronto Raptors vs Atlanta Hawks NBA regular season game at Scotiabank Arena on January 28, 2020 in Toronto, Canada. Toronto Raptors won 130-114. (Photo by Anatoliy Cherkasov/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The Atlanta Hawks will host the high-flying Toronto Raptors in this ‘Race to the NBA Playoffs’ clash. Both the teams arrive into this game with an identical record (10-12) and the winner of this will stamp its mark on sixth place in the Eastern Conference Standings.


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Date & Time: February 6, 2021, 8pm ET

Venue: State Farm Arena, Atlanta


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Dec 31, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet (23) points as he makes a three point basket against the New York Knicks during the second half at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Preview | Atlanta Hawks

The Hawks opened their campaign with such aplomb; winning the first three games. But now they seemed to have lost their way a little as they are on a three-game losing streak currently.

Their front and center, Trae Young, was ruled out of their defeat against the Utah Jazz with a right calf contusion. He is averaging 26.6 points and 9 assists per game while on his way to making the All-Star game once again. Judging by his recent Twitter activity, he may be gunning for a return tonight.

Another Day, Another Opportunity💯

— Trae Young (@TheTraeYoung) February 6, 2021

Starting 5 for the Atlanta Hawks

Guard – Trae Young

Guard – Kevin Huerter

Center – Clint Capela

Forward – Cam Reddish

Forward – John Collins

Preview | Toronto Raptors

This matchup is truly a tale of contrasting fortunes as the Raptors were staring into oblivion at the beginning of this NBA campaign. Having to shift base from Toronto to Tempa, they had to contend without the experienced big men duo – Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka.

Confidence growing everyday. #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/v9SDKxk2IM

— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) February 6, 2021

It always looked like a year of regression for them. But the Nick Nurse coached-team never ceases to amaze. They are defying the odds once again in the face of adversity. Led by Kyle Lowry, their offense is flowing right now, which earned them a victory over the mighty Brooklyn Nets in yesterday’s game.

Starting 5 for the Toronto Raptors

Guard – Kyle Lowry

Guard – Fred VanVleet

Center – Aron Baynes

Forward – Norman Powell


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Forward – Pascal Siakam

Predictions | Hawks vs Raptors

Only the talent of Trae Young is stopping this game to be a one-sided affair. While the Raptors will have their noses up as they arrive as the favorites, the Hawks will fancy their chances riding on the back of a starring performance from Young, backed by the likes of John Collins.


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