New York Knicks (8-6) at Toronto Raptors (9-5)
NBA Basketball: Friday, November 17, 2017 at 7:30 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Raptors -9 -- Over/Under: 214.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The New York Knicks and Toronto Raptors meet Friday in NBA action at the Air Canada Centre.
The New York Knicks hope to stay hot after winning eight of their last 11 games. The New York Knicks are averaging 106 points on 47.8 percent shooting and allowing 104.6 points on 43.5 percent shooting. Kristaps Porzingis is averaging 28.9 points and 7.3 rebounds while Tim Hardaway Jr. is averaging 17.8 points and 3.1 assists. Enes Kanter is the third double-digit scorer and Courtney Lee is grabbing 3.8 rebounds. The New York Knicks are shooting 35.1 percent from beyond the arc and 77.6 percent from the free throw line. The New York Knicks are allowing 38 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.7 rebounds per game. The New York Knicks have lost three of their last four road games.
The Toronto Raptors look for another victory after winning five of their last seven games. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 111.4 points on 48.2 percent shooting and allowing 105.8 points on 46.1 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 24.9 points and 4.1 rebounds while Kyle Lowry is averaging 14.4 points and seven assists. Serge Ibaka is the third double-digit scorer and Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 7.4 rebounds. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 79 percent from the free throw line. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 36 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.8 rebounds per game. The Toronto Raptors have won four of their last five home games.
The Knicks are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Raptors are 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 home games, 23-9 ATS in their last 32 vs. NBA Atlantic and 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 vs. Eastern Conference. The underdog is 23-11 ATS in the last 34 meetings, the home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the over is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings in Toronto.
Road games are where we're going to learn a lot about the Knicks, as they've come back from the dead with solid play, but their schedule so far has been very home heavy. Prove to me you can win games outside of MSG. So, for this game, I'm ignoring the line and taking the over. Both of these clubs are shooting above 50 percent from the field and over 40 percent from three in their last five games. The over is also 4-1 in the Raptors last five home games and the over has hit eight of the last 10 times they've met in Toronto. Expect some fireworks.