In this battle between two squads sitting on opposite sides of the Eastern conference table, the second Toronto Raptors (49-21), looking to bounce back after their latest defeat, are hosting the team with the worse record in the whole league, the New York Knicks (14-56), who on the other hand ended a lengthy losing streak and want to continue on the winning ways.
Date/Time: 03-18-2019, 19:30 EDT
Spread: Toronto Raptors -13.5
Toronto Raptors have a 49-21 record (30-40 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the second place of the East. They have lost two of their last three matches and in their last game they lost on the road against the Pistons with a 107-110 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Kawhi Leonard with 27.1 ppg, adding 7.4 boards per game. He is followed by Pascal Siakam with 16.4 ppg and 6.9 boards per game.
New York Knicks have a 14-56 record (29-40-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the last place of the whole league. In their last game they snapped a 8-game losing streak by winning at home against the Lakers with a 124-123 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Dennis Smith Jr with 14.6 ppg, adding and a team high 6 dimes per game. He is followed by Emmanuel Mudiay with 14.5 ppg and 3.7 dimes per game.
Pistons have won both previous meetings against the Knicks this season (at home by 16 points and on the road by 5). Raptors have a 28-7 home record, while the Knicks are 7-29 on the road. Raptors are better both offensively, scoring 113.9 ppg to Knicks’ 105.3 and defensively, allowing 108.8 ppg to Knicks’ 113.8. They also have better percentages both in field goals (46.9% to 43.3%) and in 3-pointers (35.5% to 34.4%). Raptors are better both in dimes made (24.8 to 20) and in boards grabbed (45.1 to 44.8), while both teams are almost equal in turnovers committed (13.3 to 13.4). Raptors are the absolute favorite and Vegas odds give them a -13.5 spread but don’t expect them to beat the odds as the guests will surely force a closer game than that.
New York Knicks vs Toronto Raptors Prediction: New York Knicks +13.5 (-109)
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