Two teams sitting on opposite sides of the Eastern Conference table are clashing today, when the Toronto Raptors (37-16), on their quest to conquer the top of the East, are hosting the New York Knicks (23-32), who saw their star player getting injured and losing the rest of the season. New York Knicks vs Toronto Raptors Spread and Prediction.
Date/Time: 02-08-2018, 19:30 EDT
Spread: Toronto Raptors -13
Raptors have a 37-16 record (29-24 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit on the second place of the East. They have won five of their last six matches and in their last game they won at home against the Celtics with a 111-91 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by DeMar DeRozan with 24.4 ppg, adding 4 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game. He is followed by Kyle Lowry with 16.5 ppg, 5.8 rebounds and a team high 6.5 assists per game, while Serge Ibaka adds 12.9 ppg and 6 rebounds per game.
Knicks have a 23-32 record (28-27 against the spread) so far this season and are sitting in the 11th place of the East. They have four consecutive losses and in their last game they lost at home against the Bucks with an 89-103 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Kristaps Porzingis with 22.9 ppg, adding 6.7 rebounds but he will miss the rest of the season with an injury. He is followed by Tim Hardaway Jr with 16.8 ppg, while Enes Kanter adds 14 ppg and a team high 10.5 rebounds per game and he is also out for today.
In their two previous meetings earlier this season, each team managed to win at home (Knicks by 8 points and Raptors by 23). Toronto is 22-4 at home so far this season, while Knicks are 7-21 on the road. Raptors are better both offensively, scoring 111.4 ppg to Knicks’ 103.8 and defensively, allowing 103.6 ppg to Knicks’ 105.5. Raptors have a slightly better FG percentage (46.81% to 46.56%), while Knicks have a better 3-point percentage (36.03% to 35.28%). Knicks are also better in rebounding (44.5 to 43.4), while both teams are very close in assists made (22.9 and 22.8). Raptors are the absolute favorite against a short-handed and weak on the road Knicks squad. Vegas odds give the Raptors a -13 spread and expect them to beat the odds easily.
New York Knicks vs Toronto Raptors Prediction: Toronto Raptors -13 (-111)
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New York Knicks vs Toronto Raptors Spread and Prediction