Raptors vs. Knicks Pick
Can the Toronto Raptors go on the road and pick up a sizable win over the New York Knicks today at Noon ET?
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Toronto is favored on the road, as the Raptors are getting odds of -6.5 points against the Knicks. The over/under total for the contest has yet to be listed. Toronto has won all three meetings this season and covered the spread in two of the three wins.
Toronto has won two straight and four of its last five to get to 49-31 on the season. The Raptors are in the third spot in the East, 1 game ahead of the Wizards in the standings. Toronto is just 1-3 against the spread in their last four and are 43-36-1 against the spread on the season. The Raptors are averaging 106.9 points per game on offense while allowing 103 on defense. Over their last five, they average just 103 points per game while giving up 101.8 on defense. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 27.2 points per game to lead the team while Kyle Lowry is adding 22.7 points and 6.9 assists per game.
The Knicks have lost two straight and three of their last four to drop to 30-50 on the season. New York is 42-38 against the spread on the season and averaging 104.3 points per game on offense while giving up 107.9 on defense. Over their last five games, New York is putting up 96.6 on offense while allowing 100.4 on defense. Carmelo Anthony is leading the team with 22.5 points and 6 rebounds per game while Kristaps Porzingis is adding 18.1 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. Porzingis is doubtful to play today because of a back injury.
The Knicks are packing up for the offseason and playing with a limited roster, so Toronto should be able to take care of business. The Raptors are still playing meaningful games for playoff seeding and want to stay fresh for the playoffs, especially with Lowry just coming back from injury. Toronto should be able to jump out quickly and cruise to a big win.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: TORONTO RAPTORS -6.5