New York Knicks vs. Toronto Raptors - 3/28/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Toronto Raptors at New York Knicks

Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 6:30 PM (Madison Square Garden)

The Line: New York +12 -- Over/Under 217


The New York Knicks play host to the Toronto Raptors at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night.

The Toronto Raptors have been in decent shape lately as they’ve won six of their past 10 games and they will be looking to keep things rolling after taking down the lowly Bulls in a 112-103 home win on Tuesday. Norman Powell led the team in scoring with 20 points on eight of 10 shooting off the bench, Serge Ibaka added 16 points in 23 minutes off the bench while Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Lowry scored 14 points apiece. As a team, the Raptors shot 48 percent from the field and 12 of 28 from the 3-point line as they dominated the first half by 56-41, which allowed them to rest their starters early as the second unit made of the most of extended playing time. With the win, Toronto improved to 52-23 overall and 30-9 at home which is good for second place in the Eastern Conference.

Meanwhile, the New York Knicks have been in a world of hurt as they’ve lost 12 of their last 13 games and they will be hoping to avoid a fifth straight defeat after falling to the red-hot Clippers in a 124-113 home loss on Sunday. Emmanuel Mudiay led the team with 26 points, six rebounds and seven assists, DeAndre Jordan added 20 points with 13 rebounds and four assists while Damyean Dotson chipped in with 18 points. As a team, the Knicks shot 47 percent from the field and nine of 33 from the 3-point line as they really took it to the Clippers in the first half, but they just couldn’t keep up that pace in the second half where the Clippers poured on 64 points. With the loss, New York fell to 14-60 on the season and 7-29 at home.

Looking at the betting trends, the Raptors are 2-10 ATS in their last 12 games following a win, 2-6 ATS in their last eight games against a team below .400 and 6-13 ATS in their last 19 games overall. The Knicks are 18-39 ATS in their last 57 home games, 0-5 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record and 17-35 ATS in their last 52 games overall.

Head to head, the home team is 6-1 ATS in the last seven meetings, the Raptors are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings overall and the Raptors are 3-7 ATS in the last 10 meetings in New York.

It’s the classic case of two teams headed in opposite directions as the Raptors have championship aspirations while the Knicks are just looking forward to the upcoming offseason. The Raptors haven’t been at their absolute best lately, but they will be very confident about this one as they’ve beat the Knicks by 128-92 just over a week ago to make it 3-0 in the season series. The Raptors are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings overall and I think that trend continues as the Raptors should cruise in this one.

Peter’s Pick Toronto -12

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.