Streaking Raptors Hope to Continue Winning Ways vs. Lowly NY Knicks

nba Apr 10, 2022

NBA SUNDAY NIGHT: TORONTO RAPTORS AT NEW YORK KNICKS

Is there a more dangerous team right now than the Toronto Raptors (47-33), assuming they can remain healthy and continue to play at their current form?

The 2019 NBA champions are hoping for a redux as the NBA approaches the 2022 playoffs, and their mission appears to be well on course. Over the past month, the Raptors have risen steadily in the Eastern Conference, up from an 8th seed in early March to a 5th seed currently.

However, Toronto may still rise even higher should they continue playing so well, which includes an 8-2 stretch in their last ten tip-offs. Beating the wallowing NY Knicks (35-45) would be yet another step towards improving their situation for the postseason.

The opening dribble in New York happens Sunday night at 7:00 pm EST.

OPINION (Powered by Pointspreads.ca):

The Raptors' chances of winning -- and covering the spread -- are helped significantly by the Knicks being a relatively poor home team. This season, the New Yorkers are just 16-24 at the Garden (they're actually close to .500 on the road).

We don't see Toronto lapsing here. They played Houston on Friday night at home, though that turned out of be an ugly come-from-behind win. The Raptors trailed by 16 at the end of the first quarter, then toyed with the Rockets late, ultimately winning by 2, but falling far short of their -14 spread. We should expect Toronto will be fresh for this road contest and won't dig themselves in the same kind of hole.

As for the Knicks, they'll also be off for a day before this tip-off following a Friday night game in Washington. The Knicks have dropped three straight at home, and it's likely to be four straight after Toronto takes care of business and wins handily.

UPDATE:  This article was initially posted prior to Saturday night's results.  It now appears Toronto is locked into the #5 spot.  Accordingly, the Raptors have little to play for in this game.  We now recommend passing on the game, or possibly even taking the Knicks +5 or the UNDER 217 (we opt to pass on the game).

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