Pointspread: New York -4
Total Line: OFF
The New York Knicks will look to extend their current winning streak to six games this Friday night when they invade the Air Canada Centre to tangle with the Toronto Raptors. Game time is set for 7 p.m. (ET) and it will be available on NBA League Pass.
New York’s roller-coaster season is headed back up the hill under the guidance of Mike Woodson, who was named the interim head coach in the wake of Mike D’Antoni’s sudden resignation. The Knicks’ 82-79 victory over Philadelphia on Wednesday night as four-point road underdogs raised their overall record to 23-24 both straight-up and against the spread. They are 9-14 SU (10-13 ATS) on the road this season with the total staying ‘under’ in 16 of the 23 games.
Jeremy Lin was a non-factor for three quarters against the 76ers but he scored 16 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter to help seal the win. The primary improvement with the Knicks over their five-game run has been a defense that has held opponents to an average of just 86.6 points a game as compared to a season average of 95.4 points.
Toronto seems to be riding out the string of a dismal season with a 3-7 record in its last 10 games. The Raptors are 15-32 SU on the year, but still profitable ATS at 26-20-1. They have only won seven of their 22 home games this season SU but are a respectable 12-9-1 ATS. The total has gone an even 11-11 in those 22 games.
Scoring has been an issue all season long for Toronto with an average of just 90.7 points a game, which is ranked 28th in the league. The Raptors only managed to score 87 points against the Knicks in a 19-point loss on March 20 as 8.5-point road underdogs.
New York is 9-4 ATS in its last 13 games on one day’s rest and 6-0 ATS in its last six games overall. The total has stayed ‘under’ in 21 of its last 29 games on the road.
Toronto is 8-3-1 ATS in its last 12 home games but just 1-4 ATS in its last five games overall. The total has stayed ‘under’ in 11 of its last 12 divisional games.
Head-to-head in this series, the road team is 9-4 ATS in the last 13 meetings and the total has stayed ‘under’ in 10 of the last 14 games. The Knicks have won two of three games SU this season including a 90-87 victory on Feb.14 as 4.5-point road favorites. The total has stayed ‘under’ in all three games. Stick with New York to win and cover on Friday night as Lin and Co. extend their streak to six. The Free NBA Pick: New York 94 Toronto 88
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