Free NBA Hoops Pick: Knicks vs Raptors Odds
Weekly NBA betting sees the N.Y. Knicks taking on the Toronto Raptors on Thursday January 28th, 2016 at the Air Canada Centre, in Toronto, Ontario. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks on all NBA basketball matchups all season long so stay tuned for more FREE NBA hoops predictions.
N.Y. Knicks 22-25 (9-15 V) vs. Toronto Raptors 30-15 (16-6 H)
Date: Thursday January 28th, 2016
Time: 8:00 PM ET
Venue: Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Raptors -9.5
NBA Betting Total: 200.5
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The Knicks have dropped 3 straight games, but they’ve shown they have the making of competing with the best.
New York will look to put an end to their 3 game losing streak when they take on the red hot Raptors.
The Raptors have won 9 in a row and have shown no signs of slowing down as they’ve skyrocketed in the Eastern Conference standings.
For a team that has dropped 3 straight and sits in 10th place in the Eastern Conference, the Knicks are full of confidence right now.
New York took Oklahoma City to overtime without Carmelo Anthony and while they eventually fell, it was an encouraging look. The Knicks are 0-5 without Carmelo Anthony, but it’s still early in the season and getting him healthy for the 2nd half is a must.
Lance Thomas will be back on the bench when Anthony returns to the lineup, but he’s shown some solid signs of improvements lately. Thomas put in 16 points in his start against Oklahoma City and will likely see more minutes off the bench because of his play.
Langston Galloway is also seeing more minutes as he logged 33 against OKC and put in 21 points. His role is becoming more and more important off the bench.
The Raptors have been as dominate as it gets lately.
Toronto has ran off 9 straight wins and have jumped all the way up to 2nd in the Eastern Conference, putting a lot of pressure on the Cavs right now. A win over the Knicks here would set a franchise record for Toronto with 10 straight wins.
In 6 of their last 9 games, the Raptors have held opponents to under 95 points. Toronto has locked down defensively, something that they lacked earlier in the season.
Kyle Lowry’s status remains in question as he left the Raptor’s last game with a hand injury in the 4th quarter. It was Lowry’s non shooting hand and the X rays did come back negative.
C Jonas Valanciunas has averaged 14 points and 9.9 rebounds during the winning streak for Toronto.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Knicks are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
- Knicks are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games playing on 1 days rest.
- Knicks are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 vs. NBA Atlantic.
- Raptors are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win of more than 10 points.
- Raptors are 12-4 ATS in their last 16 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Raptors are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 Thursday games.
Free NBA Prediction:
Kyle Lowry is likely out here as this is a solid spot for the Knicks.
They get Carmelo Anthony back and are still playing with solid confidence even after dropping 3 straight. Look for Melo to have a big game as this one is close throughout.
With this coming down to the wire, look for a key turnover or clutch bucket to be the difference.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Knicks +9.5
NBA Free Score Prediction: New York 97 – Toronto 95
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