The New York Knicks travel to Toronto, Canada tonight to take on the Raptors in what feels like a must-win game for NY due to their recent performances.
Coming into the season, expectations were slightly different for New York and Toronto. The Knicks coming off a fourth seed finish in the East and improving their roster “on paper” had belief they could be a force to be reckoned with this year.
The Raptors lost star point guard Kyle Lowry in a sign and trade and while they still have quality players on their roster, many predicted them as a borderline 10-9 seed.
Here we are after 25 games for both teams, and the Knicks are 12-13, while the Raptors are 11-14, not much difference between the two sides and the betting odds will certainly reflect that.
This will be the second time the Knicks play the Raptors and will seek revenge after OG Anunoby had his Madison Square Garden moment, absolutely torching the Knicks. Sigh.
New York Knicks betting odds and prediction
According to Wynnbet, the Knicks are opening up as +1 “underdogs” with their moneyline set at -110.
The over/under for this game currently sits at 207.5.
Expect the numbers to shift slightly, but shift nonetheless as we come closer to tip-off.
The Raptors will be without OG Anunoby and the Knicks have Nerlens Noel listed on the injury report, but listed as probable.
Assuming the Knicks are fully healthy I expect them to be able to pull this one out and end their three-game road trip on a high note.
The Knicks have been erratic so far this season, but after being completely embarrassed by a “rebuilding” Indiana Pacers team, they will come out angry with something to prove.
Along with the Knicks moneyline, I also predict this game to hit the over. While neither of these teams are offensive juggernauts, the over has hit in the Knicks’ last five games.
Whatever defense the Knicks had in Tom Thibodeau’s first season has been thrown out the window.
Cue the Friday Night Knicks on MSG music baby, I’ll be taking Knicks ML -110 and the over, final score 112-104.