Toronto Raptors at New York Knicks Pick 01/24/2020

Date: 
January 24, 7:30 PM EST
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Betting Odds

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215.5

The Toronto Raptors (30-14) will travel to the Big Apple to take on the New York Knicks (12-33) in an Atlantic Division rivalry clash set to take place at the World’s Most Famous Arena, Madison Square Garden in New York, New York. Tip-off time is scheduled for 7:30 PM ET, and the game is set to be televised on MSG and SPORTSNET. Toronto has dominated this series as of late and has won the last seven meetings between the two sides. Over this span, the Raps have gone 6-1 ATS. These two teams last met on November 27th in the Great White North, where the Raptors routed Knickerbockers in a 109-126-98 beat-down. The Knicks were unable to come in under the number as a 9.5-point underdog.

Toronto Raptors at New York Knicks Key Injury Concerns

Neither the Raptors nor the Knicks have declared any key injuries as they head into this Atlantic Division rivalry clash.

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Toronto Raptors at New York Knicks Overview

Toronto Raptors

The Raptors step into this game on a five-game winning streak capped off most recently by a home win against the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday. Closing as a 6.5-point favorite, the Raptors were "cash money" as they defeated the Sixers by an impressive score of 107-95.

New York Knicks

The Knicks come into this affair off 100-92 loss sustained at home on Wednesday at the hands of the visiting Los Angeles Lakers. Though the Knicks were defeated, they spurned their third consecutive cover against the spread, coming in under the number as an 11.5-point underdog.

Reasons To Avoid Toronto

The Raptors are in prime position for a let-down after achieving a high-profile win. Given Toronto’s dominance in this series combined with the prospect of perhaps taking New York lightly, the Raptors could be in for a rude awakening. With that said, New York is actually the more physical team on the boards as New York generates more rebounds per game (46.1 rpg (6th in the NBA) to Toronto’s 46 rpg (10th overall) and give up fewer boards against (46.6 rebounds against per game (24th in the NBA) to Toronto’s 46.8 rebounds against per contest (28th overall)). The slight margins in New York's favor could provide a tremendous amount of momentum for the Knicks, who will be looking to make a statement at home against a team that will be getting a lot of action by virtue of their hot form, as well.

Reasons To Back New York

When we look at the margins of Toronto away from home and New York when hosting, the Knicks seem to be taking back more points than they should. On the road, Toronto operates at an average of +4.3 points when they are outside the Great White North while the Knicks are a -5.6 outfit in their own barn. Based on averages here, the Knicks are getting an extra bucket to work with, and that, in essence, makes the Knicks the choice with more value here.

Raptors at Knicks Prediction

The Knicks have been a bit of a profitable venture as of late, and that is likely because the market is assuming that New York is primed for tank mode. However, I think New York is still very much keen to make a statement that the culture is slowly changing. There is no better way to demonstrate such a thing than to take it to a team that has bullied them as of late who also just so happens to be the defending NBA Champions. The Knicks will show up here and give Toronto a scare.

Free Pick: 
Take New York +7.5
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