Knicks vs. Raptors Pick
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Raptors are listed as a 7.5-point favorite on the spread line. The over-under is set at 218 points.
New York comes in with an 8-6 record and 9-5 ATS after a 106-101 home win over the Jazz. Toronto is 9-5 overall and 8-6 ATS following a 125-116 victory at the Pelicans. The Raptors went 4-0 straight up and 3-1 ATS in four meetings last season. The over-under went 2-2.
The Knicks were led by Tim Hardaway Jr. in the victory over Utah as he hit a late 3-pointer to clinch the game. He ended with 26 points, six rebounds and six assists. Kristaps Porzingis had 22 points and eight boards. Courtney Lee added 19 points, seven rebounds and three assists. New York outscored the Jazz 56-41 in the second half.
DeMar DeRozan tallied 25 poins, nine rebounds, six assists and two steals in the win at New Orleans. Kyle Lowry contributed 22 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists. Jonas Valanciunas added 21 points and six boards. Toronto outscored the hosts 69-52 in the second and third quarters.
The over is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings in Toronto. New York is 5-0 ATS in its last five games played on one day of rest.
The Knicks have been a pleasant surprise this season and this is a chance for them to prove something against one of the Eastern Conference's better teams. Porzingis has carried the Knicks on his back a lot this time, but he has been getting plenty of help lately especially from Hardaway Jr. Our pick is for the Knicks to cover here in what is shaping up to be a fun game to watch.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: NEW YORK KNICKS +7.5