New York Knicks vs. Toronto Raptors - 4/16/14
Toronto Raptors (48-33) at New York Knicks (35-45)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: New York Knicks -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Sportsnet One, MSG
The Toronto Raptors and New York Knicks will wrap up the regular season on Wednesday. This is the fourth meeting between the two teams, and the Raptors lead the series 2-1.
The Raptors are still in competition with the Chicago Bulls for the third seed and have won six of their last seven games. On the season, the Raptors average 101.4 points on 44.5 percent shooting and allow 98.1 points on 45 percent shooting. While the Raptors have allowed 100 or more points in four straight games, they’re shooting an insane 44.3 percent from three in their last five games. DeMar DeRozan is questionable for this matchup due to stiches in his hand. The Toronto Raptors are 46-32-3 ATS overall and 25-14-1 ATS on the road.
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Although the Knicks are eliminated from playoff contention, they’ve won three straight games, including a Friday win over the Brooklyn Nets. On the season, the Knicks average 98.5 points on 44.9 percent shooting and allow 99.5 points on 45.9 percent shooting. It’s clear Carmelo Anthony won’t play in this game, but Amar’e Stoudemire is shooting 65.9 percent in his last five games and has scored in the double-digits in 20 straight games. The New York Knicks are 36-44 ATS overall and 16-24 ATS at home.
The Raptors are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 1-4-2 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record. The Knicks are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record. The Raptors are 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings in New York.
This may be the steal of the night, as the Knicks are playing like a pissed off team and will be eager to finish strong on their home court. Even without Carmelo, I give the Knicks a chance to win this game SU once again. However, the points are just too good to a pass up.