A pair of Atlantic Division rivals take the floor in the Big Apple on the hardwood in search of a win. The Toronto Raptors are on the road as they travel to face the New York Knicks Friday night. Toronto comes in off a 107-95 home win over Philadelphia in their last contest Wednesday night. New York was dumped 100-92 at home by the Lakers Wednesday night in their last contest. The Raptors own a 53-41 edge in the all-time regular season series between the teams and have won the last seven matchups. That includes a 126-98 home win in the first matchup this season on November 26, 2019.
Toronto Raptors Seek Sixth Straight WinToronto earned their fifth straight win as they took down the 76ers in an Atlantic Division contest Wednesday night at home. The Raptors entered Thursday leading the Atlantic Division by a half-game over the Celtics. In the Eastern Conference playoff picture, Toronto is third, 8.5 games behind the Bucks for the top spot. The Raptors trailed by nine after the opening quarter but battled back to tie the game at the half. Toronto used a 10-0 run late in the game to seize control of the game for good and earn the win. The Raptors shot 46.5 percent from the field, including 13 of 33 from three-point range, and controlled the glass 53-45. Fred VanVleet led Toronto with 22 points and eight assists in the win.
The Raptors are 14th in the league in scoring offense with 111.9 points per game this season. Toronto is 10th in the league with 46 rebounds per contest and stands 9th in assists with 25.5 per game. The Raptors are 5th in the league in scoring defense by allowing 105.9 points per game. Pascal Siakam leads the team with 23.5 points plus 7.7 rebounds per contest. Kyle Lowry contributes 20 points plus 7.5 assists a game while Fred VanVleet puts up 18.5 points and 6.8 assists per contest. Serge Ibaka (14.9 points, 8.4 rebounds), Norman Powell (15.9 points, 3.9 rebounds) and OG Anunoby (10.8 points, 5.6 rebounds) are guys that Nick Nurse is relying on in the Raptors’ rotation. Toronto is tied for 19th in the league in field goal percentage as they shoot 45.3 percent from the floor as a team. The Raptors are fifth in threes per game this season as they have knocked down 13.5 triples per contest while the team is third in the league in three-point shooting by hitting 37.4 percent of their chances from long range.
New York Knicks Looking to Earn Divisional WinNew York suffered their fourth loss in their last five games as they were unable to handle the Lakers at home Wednesday night. The Knicks entered Thursday in the basement of the Atlantic Division, 18.5 games behind the Raptors for the division lead. In the Eastern Conference playoff picture, the team stood 14th in the standings, 7.5 games behind the Nets for the final playoff spot. New York trailed by three after the opening quarter but tied the game at the half. In the second half, the Knicks gave up a 9-2 run early in the third quarter to go down seven and couldn’t get closer than three the rest of the way. New York shot only 40.9 percent from the field, including 11 of 34 from three-point range, but turned the ball over 17 times in the loss. Marcus Morris Sr. led the Knicks with 20 points in the loss.
The Knicks enter this game 28th in the league in scoring offense with 104 points per game on the year. New York is 6th in the league in rebounding with 46.1 boards a night while ranking 29th by dishing out 21.1 assists per contest this year. The Knicks are 19th in scoring defense by allowing 112 points per game this season. Rookie RJ Barrett is third on the team with 14.1 points plus 5.2 rebounds per contest on the year. Julius Randle (18.8 points, 9.2 rebounds), Marcus Morris Sr. (19.1 points, 5.4 rebounds), Kevin Knox II (7.4 points), Bobby Portis (9.8 points, 5.6 rebounds), Reggie Bullock and Mitchell Robinson (9.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.8 blocks) are performing well in the new-look rotation for the Knicks this season. New York is tied for 28th in the league in field goal percentage as they shoot 43.3 percent from the floor as a team. The Knicks are 28th in threes per game as they knock down 10.2 triples per game while the team stands tied for 25th in three-point shooting as they connect on 33.8 percent of their attempts from beyond the arc. Barrett sprained his ankle against the Suns January 16 and has been ruled out in this contest.
The top trends for this contest according to Covers.com:
- Raptors are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall
- Raptors are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game
- Raptors are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game
- Knicks are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game
- Knicks are 7-20 ATS in their last 27 home games vs. a team with a winning road record