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(23-32) New York Knicks vs. Toronto Raptors (37-16)
Date: Thursday February 8
Time: 7:30 PM EST
Venue: Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
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NBA Betting Total: OFF (As of 1:45am ET Thursday)
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On Thursday February 8, the New York Knicks arrive at the Air Canada Centre to face the host Toronto Raptors. Entering the game the Knicks are sporting a four game losing streak including their recent loss to the Bucks.
Conversely, the Raptors have won three in a row, five or six and registered possibly their greatest victory this season ousting the Boston Celtics.
Last season, the Raptors swept the Knicks and the teams have split the first two games this season. The Raptors hold the all-time record having bested the Knicks in 46 of their 87 matches.
New York Knicks
Forget the defeat to the Bucks the other individual loss in the game sent reverberations throughout Madison Square Garden and will be felt by the franchise for at least a year.
This because New York’s transformational star Kristaps Porzingis suffered a torn ACL early in the second quarter. With a just a day to the trade deadline and the Knicks intent on building a core around Porzingis this injury changes everything.
New York indicated they intended to be active at the deadline, and they may still be, but the objectives will not be to compete for a playoff seed. This means several role players could find themselves on the block.
For Porzingis he’ll likely be out close to a year and his absence may also shift how the Knicks approach the draft, free agency and the offseason.
New York limps into Toronto with Enes Kanter (oral surgery) and Tim Harden (shin) questionable to play.
Ron Baker (shoulder) will miss the remainder of the season, while Joakim Noah (personal) has been asked to stay home.
The Toronto Raptors delivered a thumping on the Boston Celtics last night. Boston may boast the top ranked defense, but the Raptors rank third. Toronto is the only team in the NBA who ranks in the top five on offense, defense and net differential (Toronto).
As for the win, post game some pundits made comments Kyrie Irving, Marcus Morris and Shane Larkin were rusty from just returning. Shaq said he won’t believe anything Toronto does until they get to the second or third round (apparently he forgot the Raptors made it to the Conference Finals just two seasons ago).
Bottom line the Raptors captured a statement win, but it may only be the players in the Raptors locker room who are aware of it.
The Knicks game marks the end of Toronto’s season-long four-game home stand where the Raptors hold a league best 22-4 record.
Jonas Valanciunas tweaked his ankle and is questionable for the match. Given Porzingis absence and potential Kanter is also out the team may error on the side of caution and rest the big man regardless.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Over is 7-3 in Knicks last 10 road games.
- Under is 6-2 in Raptors last 8 home games.
- Over is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings in Toronto between these two squads.
- Raptors are 8-2 in the teams last 10 head to head contests
- The squads are 5-5 ATS in last 10 head to head matchups.
- Over – under is 4-6 in last 10 head to head meetings.
Free New York Knicks vs. Toronto Raptors NBA Prediction: Line is off
One game the Raptors lost this season which they felt they should have won was the game at the Mecca. Moreover, these squads have a long history of disliking each other. So, while the loss of Porzingis is tragic, don’t expect the Raptors to take it easy on the team who is regularly featured on National TV while Toronto barely gets shine.
It’s unfortunate both Kanter and Valanciunas could be out because they love playing each other.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Line is off, but bet the home sweep
Toronto could be slow to bring the effort, but opponents who have historical caused the Raptors problem are in queue (Hornets, Heat, Bulls), so the Raptors will want to jump on the Knicks and end this early.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Raptors 122 – Knicks 103
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