NBA Game Preview - Raptors underdogs vs Knicks at New York
Toronto Raptors vs New York Knicks Odds
Bettors will be looking to hit pay dirt on Wednesday when the Knicks try to run the Raptors off the court at Madison Square Garden in pro hoops action.
The Knicks bring a 32-17 record (26-23 ATS) to the battle against the 20-32 Raptors, who are 27-24-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen New York go 23-24-2 so far and the Raptors go 27-25. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Knicks at No. 9 and the Raptors at No. 24 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 103-97 result in favor of the Knicks.
How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features New York's No. 24-rated squad against Toronto's No. 28-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, New York rates No. 1 in the league with 11.1 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 10 with 7.5 per outing.
Defensively, the Raptors feature the league's No. 25-rated defense on the road, giving up 103.1 points per game. New York, meanwhile, comes in at No. 8 in the league in scoring at home.
Toronto won its last outing, a 109-108 result against the Nuggets on February 12. The Raptors failed to cover in that game as a 1.5-point favorite, while the 217 combined points took the game OVER the total. Toronto earned a 109-108 victory over Denver on Tuesday, getting 22 points from DeMar DeRozan at Air Canada Centre.
The Knicks were a 102-88 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Clippers. They failed to cover the 3.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (190) made winners of UNDER bettors. Carmelo Anthony was dynamite, scoring 42 points and adding 8 rebounds but Los Angeles still won, 102-88, over New York on Sunday at Madison Square Garden.
Toronto Raptors Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 4-6
Before playing Washington are 2-8
After playing Denver are 4-6
After a win are 5-5
New York Knicks Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 7-3
Before playing Indiana are 5-5
After playing LA Clippers are 6-4
After a loss are 7-3
A few Raptors at Knicks trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Toronto's last 5 games when playing New York
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Toronto's last 8 games on the road
Toronto is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Toronto is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games when playing New York
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of New York's last 6 games
New York is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of New York's last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of New York's last 5 games when playing Toronto
Toronto at Washington, Tuesday, February 19
New York at Indiana, Wednesday, February 20