Raptors vs. Knicks - 10/13/14 NBA Preseason Pick, Odds, Prediction
Knicks vs. Raptors
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The Toronto Raptors and New York Knicks will play a Monday preseason game at Madison Square Garden.
The Toronto Raptors have won two of their last three games and will play their second road game of the season. The Raptors are playing incredible offensive ball in their first three games, shooting above 48 percent from the field in their last two games. DeMar DeRozan continues to lead the way offensively, as he’s coming off a 23-point performance and has scored 41 points in his last two games. Kyle Lowry has also produced double-digit points, and he’s coming off a game where he made nine of 14 shots. Expect Landry Fields to be more aggressive in this matchup, as he didn’t take a single shot in the Raptors last game despite playing 14 minutes. The Toronto Raptors have to like what they’ve done in the preseason and should feel confident heading into the regular season.
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This will be the first home game for the New York Knicks, as they split their first two preseason games against the Boston Celtics. Rookie Cleanthony Early showed promise in his last game, shooting 4-6 from the field and he’s scored a combined 16 points. Carmelo Anthony has played 21 minutes in each matchup, and he’s produced a combined 26 points and eight rebounds. A positive sign for the Knicks is that Tim Hardaway Jr. is starting to find his stroke, as he’s hit three threes and has four assists. The development of Amar'e Stoudemire will either make or break the New York Knicks, and he’s played a combined 29 minutes in the preseason. The Knicks have talent but are still a major question mark entering the season.
First home game for the New York Knicks, they should be hungry to put on a show. The Knicks should get the job done and cover the fairly small number.