Raptors host Knicks in basketball action
New York Knicks vs Toronto Raptors Odds
The Raptors hope to be unwelcoming hosts on Friday as the Knicks pay a visit to Air Canada Centre in NBA betting action.
The Raptors bring a 26-42 record (33-34-1 ATS) to the battle against the 40-26 Knicks, who are 33-32-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Toronto go 34-34 so far and the Knicks go 31-33-2. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).
The Knicks were listed as 2.5-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks (including Sportsbook.ag), with the total listed at 194.5 earlier in the day (check BetOnline for updates during the day).
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game pits the Raptors, currently No. 22 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Knicks, who rate No. 12 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 101-96 victory for the Knicks.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Toronto's No. 16-ranked offense (97.5 PPG) against a Knicks defense that ranks No. 9 at 96 PPG. The Raptors have averaged 44.2% from the field per game, more than the Knicks have managed so far this season (44% on average).
Defensively, the Knicks feature the league's No. 10-rated defense on the road, giving up 97.2 points per game. Toronto, meanwhile, comes in at No. 21 in the league in scoring at home.
New York was a 106-94 winner in its last match at home against the Magic. They covered the 10.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 200 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. New York earned a 106-94 victory over Orlando on Wednesday, getting 22 points from J.R. Smith at Madison Square Garden.
In their last action, Toronto was a 107-101 loser on the road against the Bobcats. They failed to cover the 6.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (208) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Rudy Gay went off for 25 points and added 8 rebounds but it wasn't enough as Charlotte defeated Toronto, 107-101 at Time Warner Cable Arena.
New York Knicks Trends:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing Toronto are 8-2
After playing Orlando are 6-4
After a win are 5-5
Toronto Raptors Trends:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing New York are 4-6
After playing Charlotte are 4-6
After a loss are 5-5
A few Knicks at Raptors trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of New York's last 6 games when playing Toronto
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of New York's last 5 games when playing on the road against Toronto
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of New York's last 8 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of New York's last 12 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Toronto's last 6 games when playing New York
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Toronto's last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Toronto's last 5 games when playing at home against New York
Toronto is 13-4 SU in its last 17 games when playing at home against New York
New York home to Toronto, Saturday, March 23
Toronto at New York, Saturday, March 23