Knicks Preview: Keys to Defeating Toronto Raptors

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Dec 14, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) shoots for three over Toronto Raptors forward Patrick Patterson (54) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Toronto Raptors won 95-90 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Knicks are hardly sheltered in the calm before the storm. Between November 13 and November 29, the Knicks will face the likes of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder.

That may seem daunting, but Tuesday’s game against the Toronto Raptors will be chartered territory.

Tuesday will mark the seventh time in eight games that New York will face a team that reached the playoffs in 2014-15. Toronto, of course, is the two-time defending Atlantic Division champion.

The last team to win the division before the Raptors: New York in 2012-13.

Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks will look to extend what’s already been an impressive season on the road. It’s only been three games, but New York is 2-1 away from Madison Square Garden with wins over the Milwaukee Bucks and Washington Wizards, respectively.

Is Toronto next on the list of home court casualties? Or has New York’s road luck run out?

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