Raptors vs Knicks : There are few teams in a worse position to win basketball games these days than the New York Knicks. NBA Point Spread and Betting Analysis
Toronto responded to the Jeremy Lamb miracle shot by taking down the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday. Still, the Raptors failed to cover as 14.5-point favourites and they’re 0-3 ATS in their last three contests.
Despite sitting comfortably in second place in the Eastern Conference and owning the second most outright wins, the Drakes are on pace to finish with their worst ATS season record since the 2010-11 campaign. Toronto has covered the number in just 32 of its 75 games.
Even worse for Raptor supporters, the club is just 6-14-1 against the spread as an away favourite this season. The Raps are 9-1 straight up in their last 10 games against the Knicks.
New York is crawling to the end of another ugly NBA campaign. The Knicks have won just seven games on their home floor and they own the worst home ATS record (12-22-2) in the Association.
The club has just four straight up wins since the first week of January. The Knicks are just 4-31 in their last 35 games. Yuck. One bit of good news for New York backers: The home team is 6-1 against the number in the last seven meetings between these two sides.
The Dinos have nothing left to play for in the regular season. It’s true the first-place Milwaukee Bucks are somewhat vulnerable after a series of injuries to rotation players, but it’s unlikely Toronto can catch with just seven games left.
Head coach Nick Nurse is free to experiment with lineups to make sure he’s comfortable with his player rotations in the playoffs. Getting Kyle Lowry back up to full strength is a must. The All-Star point guard has played two games since missing time with an ankle injury.
Lowry has played fewer than 30 minutes in both games and hasn’t surpassed 14 points in either contest.
New York Knicks
The storylines New York hoop heads want to talk about these days all relate to the offseason. The rumours of potentially signing Kevin Durant this summer haven’t dissipated and the team should have enough cap space to sign another max-level free agent.
In the meantime, the Knicks are doing everything they can to improve their odds in the NBA Draft Lottery. NYK owns the league’s worst record and they’re hoping to keep it that way. If all goes to plan, the franchise will win the lottery and with it the right to draft Zion Williamson with the first overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.injury report: For the Raptors, Kawhi Leonard (load management) and Jordan Loyd (with Raptors 905) will be out. For the Knicks, Isaiah Hicks (G League team), Frank Ntilikina (sore groin), Allonzo Trier (strained left calf) and Noah Vonleh (sprained right ankle, bruised right foot) are listed as out. Kevin Knox (sprained right ankle) and Dennis Smith Jr, (sore lower back) are listed as questionable.
– On the road: Thursday’s game kicks off a two-game road trip that starts in New York against the Knicks and finishes in Chicago, where the Raptors will play the Bulls — for the second time this week — on Saturday before returning home to host the Orlando Magic on Monday. The Raptors have just two home games remaining on the regular-season schedule, split between the team’s final two-game road trip coming up next week.
– Recent history: This is the final meeting between the Raptors and Knicks this season. Toronto is 3-0 in the season series, most recently earning a 128-92 victory against New York at Scotiabank Arena on March 18. It was a dominant win for the Raptors who took control early and didn’t let go. The Raptors led by nine after one, 19 at the half and 32 after three, despite Kawhi Leonard sitting out the back-to-back and Kyle Lowry leaving the game in the third quarter after spraining his ankle. Jeremy Lin led the team with 20 points in the win while Fred VanVleet added 13 points and 12 assists and Pascal Siakam added 19 points. The Knicks were led by Allonzo Trier’s 22 points in the loss.
– Adding to the squad: The Raptors announced on Tuesday that they have signed guard Jodie Meeks for the rest of the season. Meeks previously signed a 10-day contract with the team on Feb. 20. In two games played during his 10-day contract, he averaged 7.5 points and 2.0 rebounds in 12.0 minutes. Meeks has career averages of 9.3 points, 2.1 rebounds and 22.6 minutes over 533 games.
– Understand the grind: Norman Powell led the Raptors with 20 points in Tuesday’s win against the Bulls. In 26 minutes, he shot 8-for-10 from the floor, including 4-for-5 from beyond the three-point line. After going scoreless in a pair of games earlier this week, Powell has scored 30 points on 12-for-15 shooting from the floor and 6-for-7 from three in Toronto’s last two games.
– Bench mob: Toronto’s reserves came up big on Tuesday, scoring 61 of the team’s 112 points. While Norman Powell led the way with 20 points off the bench, Serge Ibaka added 16 points, eight rebounds and two blocks and OG Anunoby scored 10 points before leaving the game late after taking an accidental hit to the head. Though Anunoby did not return to the game, the team announced that he had passed the concussion protocol. Every Raptors player that entered the game scored.