Raptors vs. Knicks - 3/22/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Knicks (14-55) at Toronto Raptors (41-28)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 4:00 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Raptors -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: MSG, RSN-
The New York Knicks and Toronto Raptors square off Sunday afternoon at the Air Canada Centre.
The New York Knicks look for a win after losing four of their last five games. On the season, the Knicks are averaging 92.3 points on 42.9 percent shooting and are allowing 101.2 points on 45.7 percent shooting. Alexey Shved is averaging 15.1 points and 3.7 assists while Andrea Bargnani is averaging 14.4 points and 4.4 rebounds. Langston Galloway is dishing three assists and Jason Smith is grabbing 3.7 rebounds. The New York Knicks are shooting just 41.3 percent from the field in their last five games and are coming off a loss to the 76ers in which they scored just 81 points. Needless to say, the Knicks will be thrilled when this season comes to an end. Cleanthony Early and Tim Hardaway Jr. are questionable with injuries.
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The Toronto Raptors look for a win after splitting their last six games. On the season, the Raptors are averaging 104.3 points on 45.2 percent shooting and are allowing 101.4 points on 46.2 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 19.9 points and 4.4 rebounds while Louis Williams is averaging 15 points and 1.9 assists. Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 8.7 rebounds and Greivis Vasquez is dishing 3.7 assists. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 48.2 percent shooting in their last five games. The lack of inconsistent defense is the reason the Raptors are dropping in the East standings and are currently the fourth seed in a watered down conference. Kyle Lowry is questionable with a knee injury.
The Knicks are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Raptors are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games and 4-11 ATS in their last 15 games overall. The Knicks are 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the underdog is 19-7 ATS in the last 26 meetings.
You guys know how I feel about big chalk, and the Raptors have covered just four of their last 15 games. I'd leave this game alone but if forced to pick, I'm siding with the points.