NBA Picks: Knicks vs. Raptors

Jordan Sharp

Friday, February 22, 2013 2:56 PM GMT

Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 2:56 PM GMT

Rudy Gay and the Toronto Raptors play host to the New York Knicks tonight, and it looks like the odds makers have tried to trick us. Before making your NBA picks, find out why we think you might be walking into a trap.


An Eastern Conference showdown takes place tonight from Toronto, as the Raptors play host to the Knicks on Friday night. The Knicks stumbled into the break, and after all the talk about turning it around afterward the break, they got blown out by the Pacers this past Wednesday.

The NBA Odds for this one favor those same Knicks on the road here by -1 ½, with a total of 194. Which side of these numbers do you need to be on tonight to cash a winner?

[gameodds]5/219060/43/us[/gameodds]

The Knicks have been awful recently. They have lost five straight games ATS, and a lot of people seem to think they are due for a downhill spiral, me included. After a hot start, we are starting to see that the Knicks are just smoke in mirrors. Their defense is falling by the wayside, and their “unselfish” offense that was moving the ball around before has turned back into the Carmelo Anthony show.

Now enter the Raptors, who are playing extremely well, and look to have made the best trade of the whole season bringing in Rudy Gay. I’m here to tell you, the sportsbooks want you to lay the points with New York tonight.

The Sharp Pick

As I’ve said many times this season, teams do not play well when they head into Air Canada Center this season, and with how bad the Knicks are slumping right now, I have no idea why they are favorites. Are the books (or bettors) naïve enough to think the Knicks can win this one tonight?

Toronto has covered two in a row against the Knicks and four of their last five games against New York. On top of that, Toronto has won two in a row against New York, including an outright win against them in New York just over a week ago.

The Knicks are only 4-12 SU in their last 16 trips to Toronto, and I don’t think things will change tonight. The Knicks are showing that they are not who we thought they were, and fading them is the only direction you should go tonight in your NBA Picks.

My Pick: Raptors +1 ½ 

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