Raptors vs. Knicks NBA Prediction
The first game of ESPN’s NBA double header on Saturday will take place at 1:00 p.m. ET when the Knicks host the Raptors at 1:00 p.m. ET. With the Knicks listed as 3.5-point home favorites and the total sitting at 215.5, what’s the best in this matchup?
501 Toronto Raptors (+3.5) at 502 New York Knicks (-3.5); o/u 215.5
1:00 p.m. ET, Saturday, April 24, 2021
Venue: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
Toronto Raptors DFS Spin
Kyle Lowry returned to action on Wednesday and hit 4-of-12 shots and three 3-pointers for 14 points, seven rebounds and five assists in 35 minutes of a 114-103 win over the Nets. Lowry had been resting for 10 days but the Raptors brought back all the regulars tonight and got a big win over the Nets. The Raptors are only a 1/2 game back of the Wizards for the No. 10 seed and a shot at a play-in series, so it will be interesting to see if they keep playing the regular in hopes of making a playoff run.
New York Knicks DFS Spin
Julius Randle hit 11-of-21 shots, 6-of-8 3-pointers and 12-of-13 free throws for 40 points, 10 rebounds, six dimes and a steal in 40 minutes of Wednesday’s overtime 137-127 win over the Hawks. This was a big game for both teams but the Hawks lost Trae Young to an ankle injury and the Knicks ran away with it in overtime. None of Randle’s gaudy stats were even season highs and the All-Star continues to roll for the Knicks. This was his second 40-point game over his last four played and the Knicks have now won eight straight games and leapfrogged the Hawks for the No. 4 seed with tonight’s win. The Knicks completed a season sweep of the Hawks for just the fourth time in history.
Raptors vs. Knicks Betting Prediction
The Raptors are just 4-9 against the spread in their last 13 games at Madison Square Garden and are 1-8 against the number in their last nine raod games. The Knicks, meanwhile, are 21-6-1 against the spread in their last 28 games overall, are 15-5-1 against the number in their last 21 home games and have covered in 16 of their last 21 games as a home favorite.
NBA BETTING PREDICTION: NEW YORK KNICKS -3.5