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Raptors vs Knicks NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Toronto Raptors at New York Knicks
- Where: New York at Madison Square Garden
- Date: Monday, January 16th
- Betting Odds NY -2.5, TOR +123 | NY -150 O/U OFF
The Raptors come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 19-24. So far, the team has gone 21-22-0 against the spread. In the teams past 3 games, their overall mark sits at 2-1. Toronto is 2-1 vs the spread in these matchups.
The Raptors are coming off a disappointing 114-103 loss to the Hawks. Going into the game, they were favored to win by 7 points. Toronto got off to a slow start, trailing by 12 points going into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Scottie Barnes, as he contributed 27 points while hitting 56.2% of his shots.
The Knicks come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 25-19. So far, the team has gone 24-19-1 against the spread. In today’s game, New York will look to extend their 3 game winning streak. Over this stretch, they have an average scoring margin of 7.67 points.
The Knicks will look to keep things rolling, as they previously beat the Pistons by a score of 117-104. Heading into the game, they were 8 point favorites against the spread, giving them an ATS win. New York entered the second half with a 7a point lead, and were able to slightly extend that margin and prevent a second half comeback by the Pistons. In the win, Julius Randle led the team in scoring with 42 points on a field goal percentage of 62.5%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
I Similar to their season-long average, the Raptors averaged 104.25 points per game vs the Knicks. While the Raptors were able to maintain their usual level of production against New York, the Knicks averaged fewer points per game in the series, at 100.25. Through the last 5 matchups between the teams, Toronto has an ATS mark of 3-2. But, looking at the scoring margin in these games, an average of just 2 points per game separates the teams. The over-under record in these same games is 3-2, with the teams combining for an average of 208 points per game.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
Through 43 games, Toronto is averaging 111.8 points per game (23rd). So far, the Raptors are averaging 97.4 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. Not only does the team’s offense play at a slower pace, but they their overall lack of efficiency has them ranked 24th in made field goals per game.
Defensively, the Raptors are one of the top performing units in the league, giving up 107.1 points per contest (7th).
Power-Foward Pascal Siakam currently leads the Raptors at 25.7 points per game. For the season, he is 27th in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 20.6% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Siakam is averaging 8.2 boards and 6.4 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 21st ranked defense at defending power-fowards. OG Anunoby enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 39 games, he is averaging 18.1 and is 182nd in the league in player efficiency rating.
For the season, the Knicks offensive unit is ranked just 14th in scoring at 114.1 points per contest. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Knicks are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 98.0 per contest. Not only is the team one of the more deliberate units in the NBA, they have yet to find their shooting stroke, ranking just 24th in the league in field goal percentage 45.5%.
On the defensive end of the floor, the Knicks are giving up an average of 106.6 points per game, good for 6th in the NBA.
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 44 games, Randle is 22nd in the NBA at 24.5 points per game. So far, him and Brunson have accounted for 38% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 46.8 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 6.4 assists.
Raptors vs Knicks Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Raptors +2.5
- Free Total Prediction: Under OFF