New York Knicks (18-22 SU, 23-17 ATS, 20-20 O/U) vs. Toronto Raptors (26-13 SU, 24-14-1 ATS, 26-13 O/U)
NBA: Sunday, January 15, 2017, Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario, 3 pm ET
Line: Toronto -9.5; Over/Under: 218
It’s a clash of teams in the Atlantic Division looking to build off recent wins north of the border. The New York Knicks are on the road as they take on the Toronto Raptors Sunday afternoon. New York had lost three straight and nine of 10 before beating the shorthanded Bulls 104-89 at home Thursday. Toronto won its second straight by whipping the Nets 132-113 at home Friday night in a division matchup. The Raptors have a 42-40 advantage in the all-time regular season series and have won the last four. That includes a 118-107 win here on November 12, 2016 in the first matchup this season.
New York Knicks Hope to Turn the Page
New York picked up a win over a banged up Chicago team for just their second win in 11 games. The Knicks hope they can put the last three weeks behind them and pick up some momentum going forward. New York led by only three at the half but outscored Chicago 22-14 in the third quarter to take control of the game. The Knicks shot 47.8 percent from the field despite a 7 of 23 night from beyond the arc in the contest. New York held Chicago to 39.8 percent from the field in the contest, including only 3 of 18 from beyond the arc. Carmelo Anthony had 23 points, nine rebounds and six assists to lead the Knicks in the win.
The Knicks are 15th in the league in scoring as they average 105.2 points per game. New York is 4th in the league in rebounding with 45.7 boards per contest while standing 18th with 21.7 assists per game. The Knicks are 25th in scoring defense as they allow 108.1 points per game. Carmelo Anthony puts up 22.1 points plus 6.1 boards per game for the Knicks. Kristaps Porzingis averages 19.4 points and 7.5 boards a night while Derrick Rose is kicking in 17.5 points plus 4.4 assists a game. Courtney Lee (9.8 ppg), Justin Holiday, Joakim Noah, Brandon Jennings and Lance Thomas all will be looked at to contribute going forward. The Knicks are tied for 19th in field goal percentage as they shoot 44.6 percent as a team. New York is 17th with 9.1 threes per game while ranking tied for 11th in three point shooting as they hit 36.1 percent of their attempts from beyond the arc.
Toronto Raptors Try for Third Straight Division Win
Toronto ran their way past the Nets as their offensive assault continued. The Raptors set a franchise record for points in a regulation game in the victory with their 132 point bombardment. Toronto led by three after the opening quarter, by one at both the half and after three quarters before exploding in the final stanza. The Raptors outscored the Nets 42-24 in the last 12 minutes to put the game away. Toronto shot 53.6 percent from the field in the game and hit 11 of 28 three point attempts while winning the rebounding battle 49-35. DeMar DeRozan led seven Raptors in double figures with 28 points in the win.
The Raptors come into this one 3rd in the league by averaging 111.2 points per game. Toronto is having their struggles on the glass, ranking 22nd with 42.9 boards per game. The Raptors are 28th in the league in assists with 19.2 dimes a night. Toronto is 16th in scoring defense as they give up 104.6 points per game. DeMar DeRozan leads Toronto with 28.2 points plus 5.4 boards per contest. Jonas Valanciunas is averaging 12.2 points plus 9.8 boards per contest. Kyle Lowry is the floor general for the Raptors and he contributes with 22.4 points plus 7.2 assists and 1.62 steals per game. Toronto gets solid production from bench guys like Terrence Ross (10.6 points), DeMarre Carroll (10.1 points), Cory Joseph, Patrick Patterson and Jakob Poeltl. The Raptors are 5th in the league in field goal percentage by shooting 47 percent from the field. Toronto is tied for 12th in the league by sinking 9.5 three pointers per game. The Raptors are 2nd in the league in three point shooting as they hit 38.8 percent from beyond the arc.
- Knicks are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win of more than 10 points
- Knicks are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game
- Knicks are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. NBA Atlantic
- Raptors are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games following a straight up win of more than 10 points
New York may have won their last game but there’s a big difference between facing a banged up Chicago team minus several key pieces and a full complement of Raptors. Toronto showed their ability to wear teams down and bomb them late in the contest with the way they tagged the Nets. The Raptors have terrific depth and the ability to beat teams in a variety of ways. We’ve seen Toronto take down the Celtics and the Nets: they add the Knicks to the plate with a win here.
Pick: Toronto Raptors -9.5
Both teams are coming off wins but there are differences in the equation beyond that when you get right down to it. The Knicks have slumped over the last three weeks with nine losses in their last 11 games. One has to wonder if the team would be better suited trying to make a few moves and building for next year. Toronto blew the Nets out of the water by putting up a truckload of points. The Raptors bring a high powered offensive unit to the floor and they have a ton of depth to work with as well.
The Knicks have gone over the total in six of their last seven after a straight up win and in nine of their last 11 after an ATS win. New York has also exceeded the total in four of their last five on the road against teams with a winning home record and in six of their last eight against teams with a winning record. Toronto has gone over in each of their last four overall and in 12 of their last 15 at home. The over has come up in eight of the last nine meetings between the teams in Toronto and in six of the last eight overall. Given Toronto’s ability to score, you have to think the over is the safe bet here.