New York Knicks at Toronto Raptors Preview
The New York Knicks may be out of the playoff picture, but that hasn’t stopped them from winning games. If they hope to start a winning streak tonight, they’ll have their work cut out for them against one of the Eastern Conference’s powers in the Toronto Raptors.
The Raptors are 49-21 on the season and in second place in the East, sitting three games behind the first place Milwaukee Bucks. They have struggled as they work on getting playoff ready, splitting their last 10 games and losing their most recent one. New York is 15th in the East with a 14-56 record. They are 2-8 in their last 10 games but enter tonight’s matchup against the Raptors after a big win at home.
The Raptors and Knicks last faced off on February 29 as Toronto squeaked out a 104-99 win. Kyle Lowry led Toronto with 22 points, and rookie Kevin Knox had 20 for New York.
Time: 7:30pm ET
Arena: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, ON
Channel: TSN, MSG
New York Knicks Starting Lineup
The New York Knicks had a huge come from behind win over the LeBron James-led Los Angeles Lakers last night 124-123. Mario Hezonja had a game-saving block against James to secure the win.
The Knicks had to rally from being down by 11 points in the fourth to pull out the win, which snapped an eight-game Knicks skid.
Knicks forward Lance Thomas said whereas in the past the losing would take a toll on the players, his teammates seem focused and even excited about what is in the team’s future.
“Right now we’re building, We’re trying to keep our guys fighting, building a culture and having guys finish the season the right way,” Thomas said. “This is the first season since I’ve been a Knick where everyone’s been completely focused on the season. What we’re doing is definitely working. I’m definitely looking forward to the future.”
The Knicks were led in the game by Emmanuel Mudiay, who finished with 28 points and eight assists. Damyean Dotson had 25 and DeAndre Jordan had 15 points, 17 rebounds, and seven assists.
Toronto Raptors Preview Starting Lineup
The Toronto Raptors have been struggling as of late, and yesterday against former coach Dwayne Casey and the Detroit Pistons, they were swept in the three-game regular season series.
While Kyle Lowry was out yesterday, Raptors guard Fred VanVleet returned from his injury and scored 17 points.
“What do we miss when we don’t have Fred out there? We miss a pretty solid shooter, we miss an offense organizer, we miss a good communicator on D, and one of my favorite things is he seems to be a bit of a bail-out bucket-maker,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. “When things aren’t going well in the offense or when the shot clock’s running late, he can fill in a few of those buckets for us, too.”
Lowry is questionable for tonight, and Kawhi Leonard, who had 33 points and 10 rebounds against the Pistons, is out. The Raptors have been sitting him in back-to-back games, so expect OG Anunoby to play a bigger role.
New York Knicks at Toronto Raptors Betting Odds
Even without Leonard, the Raptors are 12.5 point favorites to win tonight’s game at home. They are 28-7 at home this season and 41-14 as the favorite. The Knicks are 7-30 on the road and 11-50 as the underdog.
The over/under is 214 points and the Raptors are -1100 on the moneyline after opening at -900.
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