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Knicks vs Raptors NBA Pick & Preview

  • Sport: NBA
  • Teams: New York Knicks at Toronto Raptors
  • Where: Toronto at Scotiabank Arena
  • Date: Friday, January 6th
  • Betting Odds TOR -3.5, NY +136 | TOR -163 O/U 220.0

The Knicks come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 21-18. So far, the team has gone 20-18-1 against the spread. Over the team’s 3 game win streak, they have an average scoring differential of 14.0 points per game.

The Knicks are coming off a 117-114 win over the Spurs. Although they came away with a straight up win, it was not enough to cover the spread as they entered as 10 point favorites. The Knicks made things more interesting than they hoped, as they gave back some of their 7 point halftime lead, by being outscored in the 2nd half. Leading the team in scoring was Jalen Brunson, as he contributed 38 points while hitting 63.0% of his shots.

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The Raptors come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 16-22. So far, the team has gone 18-20-0 against the spread. The Raptors head into today’s action in the midst of a 2 game losing streak. Their average scoring differential in these defeats is -5.5.

In their previous game, the Raptors were favored to win vs the Bucks. However, their 104-101 loss gave them both a straight up and ATS defeat. This was a tightly contested game throughout, as Toronto only trailed by 1 point going into halftime. In the loss, Fred VanVleet led the team in scoring with 28 points on a field goal percentage of 34.8%.

Head To Head Recap & Stats

I Last year, the Knicks saw a drop in overall scoring when playing the Raptors, averaging 100.25 points per game. While the Knicks struggled on offense in the series, the Raptors maintained their usual level of scoring at 104.25 vs New York. Over the last 5 head to head meetings, the Raptors have averaged 106 points per game compared to 101 for New York. This has led to an ATS record of 4-1 for Toronto. In these contests, they averaged a combined 207 points per game, leading to an over-under mark of 3-2.

Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game

This season, the New York offense is ranked 15th in the NBA in scoring at 114.2 points per game. Coming into today’s game, the Knicks will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 11.8 made 3’s per game. One area of the team’s offense that has been effective is their ability to get to the free-throw line. So far, they are ranked 6th, with an average of 19.7 made free-throws per game.

So far, the Knicks have played well defensively, as they are ranked 6th in the league at 106.6 points per contest.

Power-Foward Julius Randle currently leads the Knicks at 24.2 points per game. For the season, he is 36th in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 19.3% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Randle is averaging 10.0 boards and 3.8 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 4th ranked defense at defending power-fowards. Jalen Brunson enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 36 games, he is averaging 20.8 and is 63rd in the league in player efficiency rating.

This season, the Toronto offense has had their problems scoring the ball as they are a below average unit at 111.1 points per game. Coming into today’s game, the Raptors will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 10.5 made 3’s per game. If the Toronto offense is going to improve, they must continue to do a good job avoiding turnovers. Currently, the unit is 1st in fewest turnovers per game.

So far, the Raptors have played well defensively, as they are ranked 7th in the league at 107.1 points per contest.

Power-Foward Pascal Siakam currently leads the Raptors at 25.9 points per game. For the season, he is 29th in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 21.0% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Siakam is averaging 8.3 boards and 6.6 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 16th ranked defense at defending power-fowards. OG Anunoby enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 34 games, he is averaging 18.5 and is 177th in the league in player efficiency rating.

Knicks vs Raptors Pick

  • Free Spread Prediction: Raptors -3.5
  • Free Total Prediction: Under 220.0

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