New York Knicks (23-32) at Toronto Raptors (37-16)
|Date & Time||Thursday February 8, 2018, 7:33 PM (EST)|
The Line: Toronto Raptors -14 -- Over/Under: 201.5
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The New York Knicks and Toronto Raptors meet Thursday in NBA action at the Air Canada Centre.
The New York Knicks could use a win here after losing seven of their last nine games. The New York Knicks are averaging 103.8 points on 46.5 percent shooting and allowing 105.5 points on 44.9 percent shooting. Tim Hardaway Jr. is averaging 16.6 points and 2.9 assists while Enes Kanter is averaging 14.1 points and 10.6 rebounds. Courtney Lee is the third double-digit scorer and Michael Beasley is grabbing 5.1 rebounds. The New York Knicks are shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc and 78.9 percent from the free throw line. The New York Knicks are allowing 36 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.5 rebounds per game. The New York Knicks have lost 13 of their last 18 road games.
The Toronto Raptors look for another victory after winning five of their last six games. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 111.4 points on 46.8 percent shooting and allowing 103.6 points on 44.8 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 24.2 points and four rebounds while Kyle Lowry is averaging 16.4 points and 6.4 assists. Serge Ibaka is the third double-digit scorer and Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 8.3 rebounds. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 35.3 percent from beyond the arc and 80.2 percent from the free throw line. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 35 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.4 rebounds per game. The Toronto Raptors have won five straight home games.
The Knicks are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 Thursday games, 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games playing on 1 days rest and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Atlantic. The Raptors are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games, 20-8 ATS in their last 28 vs. NBA Atlantic and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win. The home team is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
This is a ton of points to lay in an NBA game, but what other option do we have? The Knicks are without their best player for the rest of the season and will be missing Kanter and Hardaway as well. That's probably the Knicks top three players out for this contest. The Knicks aren't a good team to begin with. If the Toronto Raptors are a legit contender in the East like many think, they should roll big in this game...