Raptors vs. Knicks 10/24/14 NBA Preseason Pick, Odds, Prediction
New York Knicks at Toronto Raptors
Friday October 24
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The New York Knicks and Toronto Raptors wrap up their preseasons with a Friday matchup at the Bell Centre.
The New York Knicks enter this matchup 3-3 in preseason play and can only hope some of their younger players are ready for the bright lights. One player who is ready to go is Carmelo Anthony, who has a combined 54 points and nine assists in his last two games. Tim Hardaway Jr. has also knocked down eight threes in his last three games, showing the Knicks that he’s capable of being the same player he was last season. Amar'e Stoudemire has also been effective at both ends of the floor and has scored double-digit points in back-to-back games. While the usual guys are playing well, the Knicks could use some contributions from guys such as Cleanthony Early, Shane Larkin and Cole Aldrich, and will need them if they’re going to be a force in the East this season.
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The Toronto Raptors are 6-1 in the preseason, which includes an impressive five straight wins. The Raptors have shot above 48 percent from the field in their last two games and have worked hard on limiting their turnovers. One player who has really stepped up lately has been Terrence Ross, who has dropped 33 points in his last 46 minutes of play. Kyle Lowry has been taking it easy in the preseason for the most part, but he is 10-18 from the field in his last three games and has done a nice job of setting his teammates up. One player you’d like to see be a little more aggressive on the offensive end is Tyler Hansbrough, who has taken just three shots in his last 30 minutes on the court. Overall, the Toronto Raptors are looking sharp and could be poised for another big step forward.
There may not be a better team in the preseason than the Toronto Raptors, while the Knicks are all over the place. Give me Toronto and the chalk.