New York Knicks vs Toronto Raptors Preview (1/6/23): Prediction, Starting Lineups, Odds

New York looks to extend its winning streak to four games when it travels across the border to battle with the Toronto Raptors. Check out the projected starting lineups, our betting picks and predictions, updated injury reports, and current odds for this game below!

New York Knicks Vs. Toronto Raptors Betting Odds

New York is a 3.5-point road dog against the struggling Toronto Raptors. The Knicks will continue to be without R.J. Barrett, who has missed virtually five straight games after only playing two minutes in one of them. New York has managed to win three of its past five matchups during that stretch, including three straight games. Meanwhile, the Raptors won’t have health as an excuse for their poor play, as they should only be without Otto Porter Jr. Porter is a great shooter but a non-starter for Toronto.

New York Knicks Vs. Toronto Raptors Prediction

It is difficult to cover the New York Knicks this season in any betting capacity for obvious reasons; they are completely unpredictable and entirely inconsistent. Here is a list of their streaks over the past several weeks: eight straight wins broken up by five straight losses, and then followed by three consecutive wins. If it were up to me, I would avoid New York at all costs. Of course, that is not how this works; we have to carry on through betting adversity, similar to how the Knicks continue on with their season.

In the past four games, all of which have been without R.J. Barrett, the Knicks have boasted an offensive rating of 116.5 and a defensive rating of 107.3. Interestingly enough, they have managed just fine when he’s not on the floor. Jalen Brunson’s tremendous play recently and Julius Randle’s return to 2020-21 form have both been visible, but Quentin Grimes and Immanuel Quickley have provided invaluable minutes and output for New York.

Meanwhile, Toronto simply looks discombobulated. The Raptors rank 16th in net rating but 29th in 3P% (three-point percentage) and 24th in opponent 3P%. To put it simply, the three-point line is killing the Raptors. Luckily, this matchup involves the New York Knicks, who are the sixth-worst three-point shooting team in the NBA.

Overall, this game is a tough one to gauge. On one hand, the Knicks are riding a three-game winning streak and have the third-best record in the NBA away from Madison Square Garden. On the other hand, New York has shot an abysmal 33% from deep during that stretch and is missing its second-best player. Still, New York lost its first game against the Raptors by merely seven points despite turning the ball over 12 more times than them and shooting 60% from the free throw line. I’ll take New York against the spread.

Betting Trends

  • New York is 13-6 ATS on the road in 2022-23
  • Toronto is 10-10 ATS at home in 2022-23
  • The combined over record of these two teams is 39-37-1 in 2022-23

Key Matchups

The key matchup in this game focuses on the three-point shooting from both teams. Check out the analysis below to see which team has the advantage from deep in this one!

Knicks’ Shooting vs. Raptors’ Shooting

It is no mystery that these two teams struggle to shoot from behind the arc. Both New York and Toronto rank in the bottom five in the NBA in 3P%. In the first game between these teams, the Knicks shot 42% from deep, while the Raptors shot just 26.5%. Toronto won due to a +12 turnover margin, a +7 offensive rebounding margin, and a 91% free-throw percentage on 22 attempts; if it had not done all of that, New York likely would have walked away with a win. The Knicks got the looks they wanted in that game, and converted on them, but lost in other areas of the game. As far as shooting goes, they should replicate that performance. Advantage: Knicks’ Shooting.

New York Knicks Starting Lineup

PG: Jalen Brunson
SG: Immanuel Quickley
SF: Quentin Grimes
PF: Julius Randle
C: Mitchell Robinson

Toronto Raptors Starting Lineups

PG: Fred VanVleet
SG: Gary Trent Jr.
SF: O.G. Anunoby
PF: Scottie Barnes
C: Pascal Siakam

Key Injuries

New York Knicks Injuries: R.J. Barrett (Out)

Toronto Raptors Injuries: Otto Porter Jr (Out)

Drew is one of the NBA Lead Writers at Lineups.com, specializing in betting content such as game predictions and player props. With a deep knowledge of players and prospects, Drew has an extensive edge in covering everything NBA.

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