A five-game home winning streak is on the line for the Toronto Raptors (37-16) when they welcome the New York Knicks (23-32) to Air Canada Centre. The game will air on CTV Sportsnet Toronto at 7:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 8, 2018.
New York Knicks vs. Toronto Raptors ATS Odds
In their last matchup, the Raptors dismantled the Boston Celtics, 111-91, while the Knicks lost to the Milwaukee Bucks, 103-89.
The Raptors, who came into the game averaging an effective field goal percentage of 0.531, had an absurd mark of 0.606, while the Celtics had a turnover percentage of 15.6 (above their season average of 12.3). New York, on the other hand, had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (23.9 vs. 18.2). Kyle Lowry led the way for Toronto, contributing 23 points and eight rebounds. Meanwhile, Enes Kanter played a pivotal role for New York with 19 points and 16 rebounds.
Toronto could dominate on the defensive side of the ball as they battle against one of the worst offenses in the NBA. The Raptors rank third in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.499), while New York is 22nd in effective field goal percentage (0.511).
Games including the Knicks have a slight tendency to finish over the O/U total (49.1 percent). New York heads into the game with records of 23-32 straight up (SU) and 28-27 against the spread (ATS).
Raptors games have finished over the total 50.9 percent of the time. Additionally, Toronto is 37-16 SU and 29-24 ATS.
Kanter has been outstanding recently for New York, averaging 16.8 points and 15.4 rebounds over the last five games.
The Knicks evened the season series at one with a 108-100 win in their most recent matchup. Tim Hardaway Jr. was the game’s leading scorer with 38 points. The Knicks’ turnover percentage was their biggest advantage over the Raptors. New York had a rate of 9.9, while Toronto posted a mark of 13.6. New York covered as a 4-point underdog and the two teams combined for 208 points, which was just under the projected point total of 211.
New York Knicks vs. Toronto Raptors Free Pick
Pick: SU Winner – Knicks, ATS Winner – Knicks, O/U – Under
The Knicks rank fifth in rebounds allowed per game (41.8) while the Raptors rank 13th (42.5).
Toronto ranks fifth in three pointers attempted per game (32.0) while New York ranks last (21.8).
The Raptors rank fourth in points off turnovers per game (18.5) while the Knicks rank 23rd (15.4).
Toronto ranks ninth in steals per game (8.2) while New York ranks 26th (6.8).
New York ranks fourth in points allowed in the paint per game (41.6) while Toronto ranks 19th (45.3).
The Raptors rank fifth in fast break points per game (14.0) while the Knicks rank 29th (7.4).
The Knicks average 5.4 blocks per game, which ranks fourth in the league. The Raptors rank 19th in blocks allowed per game (5.0).
Toronto ranks 13th in assists per game (22.8) while New York ranks 17th in assists allowed per game (23.0).
New York averages 13.6 second chance points per game, which ranks sixth in the league. Toronto ranks 27th in second chance points allowed per game (13.6).
In games where they allow below 100 points, New York is 11-3 and Toronto is 17-5.
The Raptors are 34-9 when they score more than 100 points, while the Knicks are 22-16.
New York is 12-16 ATS on the road, while Toronto is 15-11 ATS at home.
In 28 road games, the Knicks have 15 overs, 12 unders and 1 push.
In 26 home games, the Raptors have 14 unders and 12 overs.
The Raptors are 3-2 ATS over their last five games, while the Knicks are 2-3.
In their last five games, Toronto has 3 unders and 2 overs, while New York has 5 unders.
The Raptors’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 12.4, up from 7.8 for the season.
During their last five games, the Knicks have scored an average of 91.8 points per game (12.0 below their season average) and allowed an average of 98.4 points per game (7.1 below their season average).
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