NBA Picks: Knicks vs. Raptors

Jordan Sharp

Friday, March 22, 2013 2:44 PM GMT

Friday, Mar. 22, 2013 2:44 PM GMT

The Knicks try to turn things around after a horrible last few weeks, this time in Toronto to play the Raptors. How should we approach this match-up for our NBA Picks?


NBA Picks: Knicks vs. Raptors

The Knicks opened as +1 underdogs in the NBA Odds, but betting has forced the Raptors to now being the one-point underdogs in this game. So should we believe the banged up Knicks can cash in Toronto.

I think the answer is no for a few reasons. Firstly, the Knicks are of course still without Tyson Chandler and Amare Stoudemire. Both of those guys played a significant role in the game about a month ago between these two when the Raptors won 100-98 at home as well. Without both of those guys tonight, as well as Kurt Thomas, the Knicks’ frontcourt will continue to be extra thin. The Raptors’ Jonas Valanciunas has been slowly breaking out over the last few games, as he has scored 18 points in consecutive games, and double figures in six of the Raptors’ last seven.

On top of the bodies down for New York, they have traditionally not played well at all in Toronto. I have claimed it all season, but the Knicks are an example by themselves. The Raptors have covered three in a row when the Knicks come to town, and they are 1-5 ATS and 2-4 SU in their last six trips to Canada.

Also, the Knicks play like garbage on the road this season and more recently. New York is 1-4 SU and 1-3-1 ATS in their last five road games. Obviously some of those were without Carmelo Anthony who will play tonight, but without much else tonight to help him, I don’t think Anthony will be enough to stop the Raptors at home.

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If you date back even further with these two, the Knicks have only won four times in their last 17 trips north of the border, which would date back about the last five or six seasons. With all the injuries, I can’t see it. Take the point with the home team for your NBA picks here.

My Pick: Raptors +106 at Bodog

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