Check out our free Knicks vs Raptors pick and preview for this NBA game in Toronto. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this NBA matchup.
Knicks vs Raptors NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: New York Knicks at Toronto Raptors
- Where: Toronto at Scotiabank Arena
- Date: Sunday, January 22nd
- Betting Odds TOR -1.5, NY +104 | TOR -124 O/U 224.0
So far, the Knicks have put together an overall record of 25-22, while going 24-22-1 vs the spread. The Knicks come into the game in the middle of a 3 game losing streak, losing these matchups by an average of -9.33 points per contest.
Not only did the Knicks drop their last game to the Hawks. But they also picked up an ATS loss, as they fell by a score of 139-124 as 3 point underdogs. New York missed out on an opportunity to add a win to their resume, as they held a 3 point lead going into halftime. In the loss, Julius Randle led the team in scoring with 32 points on a field goal percentage of 50.0%.
The Raptors come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 20-27. So far, the team has gone 23-24-0 against the spread. Today, the Raptors will be looking to snap a 3 game losing streak. The team has lost these games by an average of -4.0 points per contest.
Toronto will be gunning to get in the win column vs New York, as they previously lost to the Celtics by a score of 106-104. However, because they entered as 3 point underdogs, they came away with an ATS win. Toronto let an opportunity for a win slip away as they held a lead going into the 2nd half of action. In the loss, Pascal Siakam led the team in scoring with 29 points on a field goal percentage of 60.9%.
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. Spanning across the last 5 head-to-head matchups, the Knicks and Raptors have been competitive, with an average margin of victory sitting at just -2 points per game. This has resulted in a 3-2 ATS record for Toronto. In these contests, they averaged a combined 220 points per game, leading to an over-under mark of 4-1.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
Through 47 games, the Knicks are averaging 114.3 points per contest, placing them 14th in the NBA. So far, the Knicks are averaging 97.9 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. If the Knicks offense is going to turn things around, they will need to either generate more possessions or improve their overall efficiency. Currently, they are just 25th ranked team in 3-point shooting percentage.
Defensively, the Knicks are one of the top performing units in the league, giving up 106.6 points per contest (6th).
This season, the Knicks offense has primarily worked through Julius Randle and Jalen Brunson who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 47 games, Randle is 22nd in the NBA at 24.4 points per game. So far, him and Brunson have accounted for 39% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 46.9 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Jalen Brunson is grabbing 3.6 rebounds for New York to go along with 6.3 assists.
The Raptors come into today’s game as the 24th ranked scoring offense at 112.4 points per game. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Raptors are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 97.5 per contest. This slow style of play has made a difference in their overall scoring numbers, as Toronto is just 23rd in made field goals 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 25.2 points per game. For the season, he is 34th in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 20.4% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Siakam is averaging 8.2 boards and 6.5 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 23rd ranked defense at defending power-fowards. OG Anunoby enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 43 games, he is averaging 17.4 and is 203rd in the league in player efficiency rating.
Knicks vs Raptors Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Raptors -1.5
- Free Total Prediction: Over 224.0
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