Raptors (21-32, 10-18 road) at Knicks (27-27, 15-10 home)
- Time: 5PM PST – 7PM CST – 8PM EST
- Place: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
- TV: SportsNet | MSG Network | NBA TV | NBA League Pass
The Raptors are two games behind the 10-seed Chicago Bulls for the last spot in the play-in competition as the weekend road trip ends with a 5-game home stand that has sees very winnable games in the first four and ends with Brooklyn on Apr. 18.
Toronto has won three out of its last five including last night’s 135-115 win in Cleveland. The Raptors have lost 15 of their last 19 after major COVID-19 issues within the team in late February derailed their season.
New York has lost five of its last seven games and is looking to solidify itself in the Eastern Conference race as the Knicks are currently the 8-seed and are 1.5 games back of the 6-seed Miami Heat.
The Raptors won the lone meeting this season on Dec. 31 as Fred Van Vleet scored 25 points and Kyle Lowry added 20.
The Raptors have won nine in a row in the series, but are 1-9 on the road in their last 10. The Knicks are 10-4 at home in their last 14 games!
Injuries to Key Contributors
- Toronto Raptors – Kyle Lowry (foot), Fred Van Vleet (hip), Paul Watson (quarantine), Jalen Harris (hip) – questionable
- New York Knicks – John Henson (calf) OUT | Mitchell Robinson (ankle) OUT
Raptors (22-31 ATS):
- The Raptors are 2-7 ATS in the last 9 games
- Toronto is 4-1 ATS in it’s last 5 games vs. NYK
- The Raptors are 4-12 ATS in their last 16 games
Knicks (31-21-1 ATS):
- The UNDER has been the play in 9 of NYK’s last 13 outings
- New York is 7-3 ATS in it’s last 10 games
- The Knicks are also 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games
Last Time Out
The Toronto Raptors scored a franchise-record 87 points in the first half Saturday night as they took down the Cleveland Cavaliers, 135-115, in Cleveland. Gary Trent, Jr., had a career-high 44 points for the Raptors who were missing Pascal Siakam, Fred Van Vleet, and Kyle Lowry.
Malachi Flynn posted a season-high in points and assists with 20 and 11. RJ Barrett scored 20 points and made a tie-braking three with 1:15 left as the Knicks topped the Grizzlies, 133-129, in overtime on Friday night. Julius Randle was held scoreless in the first half but finished with a triple-double of 15 points, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds.
|Teams||Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Raptors||+3.5 (-110)||+148||O 216 (-110)|
|Knicks||-3.5 (-110)||-168||U 216 (-110)|
With so many players who are questionable, it’s hard to see where the Raptors are going to go as the line up could be skewed. It’s a good bet that Siakam will be back in the lineup and potentially Van Vleet. Toronto features the 3rd best three-point shooting team in the league, so look for the Raptors to get after the Knicks on the perimeter regardless of the lineup and rotation. Trent was 7-of-9 last night and then Rodney Hood and Yuta Watanabe checked in with two as they are near the end of the active roster, but still show the firepower from behind the arc. Teams find threes on the Knicks, but they defend at a 33.8 percent clip to lead the NBA.
Key Raptors Stat
Chris Boucher continues to be a solid member of the rotation as he had a career-high 38 points and 19 rebounds in Thursday’s loss to the Bulls. He came back last night with more pedestrian scoring numbers but made a quality impact with nine points, two rebounds, three assists and four blocks in 26 minutes.
Malachi Flynn is playing really well and with tons of confidence as we noted in his career highs on Saturday night. As a rookie, he has gotten confident inside the Raptors’ system and comes in averaging 13.7 points and 7.3 assists in his last three games. He is also averaging in the mid 30s in minutes since Lowry’s injury.
In the last seven games, the Knicks have had some bad shooting nights that were in unison with the opponents’ offense able to consistently score as the losses to Miami and Dallas were the best examples of this. Brooklyn shot 45.7 percent which was well above what NYK allows per game. The last three opponents have averaged 13 made threes per game which is a concern vs. the Raptors.
Key Knicks Stat:
Julius Randle could be a tough matchup inside for Toronto has he is turning into a triple-double machine as he has now posted 11 on the season. This is where the absence of a big man with both mobility and physicality is a problem for the Raptors.
Randle leads in assists as well as scoring and rebounding and while it’s great to have that solid passer in the pivot, New York needs more playmaking and finishing out point guard Efird Payton, with averages of only 3.5 assists in 26.3 minutes. Immanuel Quickley is a solid playmaker off the bench with 107 assists and only 44 turnovers.
Winner: Knicks (-3.5) 113, Raptors 108