Toronto Raptors vs. New York Knicks - 12/28/13
New York Knicks (9-20) at Toronto Raptors (12-15)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 7:00 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Raptors -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The New York Knicks and the Toronto Raptors meet once again for the second night of a home and home set.
Things look to be falling into place for the Raptors who have been in season-best form, winning six of their last nine including a 95-83 comeback victory over the Knicks last night. DeMar DeRozan led all scorers with 25 points, Kyle Lowry added 15 points and 11 assists while Jonas Valanciunas had a strong outing of 16 points and a career-high 18 rebounds. With the win, Toronto improve to 12-15 on the season and an impressive 8-7 on the road.
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Meanwhile, the Knicks were without Carmelo Anthony and Raymond Felton but were still able to take control of the game against the Raptors last night to lead by as many as 12 points midway through the third quarter. However, the Raptors simply took over in the fourth and once the momentum shifted, the Knicks didn't have the weapons to keep up, shooting just five of 19 in the quarter while getting outrebounded by 16-9. Andrea Bargnani led the team with 18 points and 12 rebounds, JR Smith added 17 and Beno Udrih had 15 points and 10 assists before fouling out. With the loss, NY fall to 9-20 overall and 4-12 at home.
In ATS trends, the Knicks are 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a loss and 7-15 ATS in their last 22 games overall, while the Raptors are 7-2 ATS in their last nine games against teams with losing records and 1-5 ATS in their last six home games.
With Anthony's availability for this game in question, the bookies are reluctant to release a line for this game so please check back later for my free pick.
Anthony didn't even travel with the team to Toronto so he is definitely out for this game which leaves the Raptors as clear favorites in this one. The Raptors are only 4-8 at home so far this season, but they should be able to get it done against these hapless Knicks.