Toronto Raptors vs. New York Knicks
Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks collide with the improving Toronto Raptors on Wednesday from Madison Square Garden. The Knicks are -9 point favorites over the Raptors with an over/under point total set at 197.5.
Head to head, the Raptors are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings in New York, while the underdog is 11-3 ATS in the last 14 meetings and the home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The Knicks are 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record, 18-7-2 ATS in their last 27 games following a S.U. loss and 36-16 ATS in their last 52 home games. The Raptors on the other hand are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games and 13-3 ATS in their last 16 games playing on 0 days rest, but just 6-13 ATS in their last 19 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
Carmelo Anthony has been red hot lately, but that hasn’t resulted in wins as the Knicks have dropped two of three following their five-game winning streak. Anthony, who is tied with Kevin Durant for the scoring lead at 29 points per game, has upped his averages to 36.3 points on 49.3% shooting over his last three games that have only resulted in one win against the slumping Minnesota Timberwolves.
Meanwhile, the Raptors have won three straight and four of six since Rudy Gay was traded from Memphis just over a week ago. Toronto is coming off a 109-108 victory over the visiting Denver Nuggets last night thanks to a jumper by their newest addition in the closing seconds. Gay is now averaging 22.3 per game in six games with his new team after scoring 17.2 points with the Grizzlies.
It’s pretty hard to look past the Raptors here getting nearly double digits. Toronto is probably a playoff team with Gay in the lineup and even though they are coming off a big win at home last night, they are 13-3 against the spread in their last 16 games with zero days rest. New York is no stranger to the old home blowout, but I just don’t see it here.
Toronto Raptors +9 New York Knicks