Toronto Raptors (20-32) at New York Knicks (26-27)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, April 11, 2021 at 8:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: New York Knicks -1 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Toronto Raptors and the New York Knicks collide at Madison Square Garden on Sunday night.
The Toronto Raptors haven’t been in the best form, but they’ve started to turn things around with three wins in their last five games and they will be looking to stay hot after routing the Cavaliers in a 135-115 road win last night. Gary Trent Jr. drained seven 3-pointers on his way to 44 points on 17 of 19 shooting, Malachi Flynn added 20 points with 11 assists, OG Anunoby scored 15 points while Yuta Watanabe chipped in with 14 points off the bench. As a team, the Raptors shot a sizzling 61 percent from the field and 17 of 32 from the 3-point line as they stormed out of the gates with 47 points in the first quarter, before pouring in another 40 points in the second quarter to lead by 38 points.
Meanwhile, the New York Knicks have been in a bit of a rut as they’ve lost five of their last seven games, but they will be looking to stay hot after outlasting the Grizzlies in a 133-129 overtime home win on Friday. RJ Barrett and Immanuel Quickley each scored 20 points, Derrick Rose and Alec Burks each scored 19 points while Julius Randle racked up a triple-double of 15 points with 10 rebounds and 11 assists. As a team, the Knicks shot 46 percent from the field and 14 of 32 from the 3-point line as they struggled for most of the game and looked to be in trouble after trailing by 13 points in the fourth quarter, before rallying to escape with the narrow win behind Burks who scored nine of his 19 points in overtime.
Looking at the betting trends, the Raptors are 0-7 ATS in their last seven road games, 1-9 ATS in their last 10 games against a team with a losing record and 1-7 ATS in their last eight games overall. The Knicks are 9-4-1 ATS in their last 14 home games, 14-4 ATS in their last 18 games against a team with a losing record and 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall.
Head to head, the Raptors are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings overall.
The Raptors will still be without Fred VanVleet who has yet to serve his one-game suspension, but they are expecting to have Kyle Lowry back in the lineup which is a major boost for a team on the rise. The Knicks were really struggling before their comeback overtime win over the Cavaliers last night, so it's hard to pick between these two teams at this stage. The Raptors are 0-7 ATS in their last seven road games, so I'm more inclined to lean towards the Kings to get the narrow win at home in this one.