Toronto Raptors at New York Knicks - 4/24/21 NBA Picks and Prediction

Toronto Raptors at New York Knicks - 4/24/21 NBA Picks and Prediction Photo by POOL PHOTOS-USA TODAY Sports

New York Knicks (33-27) vs Toronto Raptors (25-34)

Game Info: Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 1:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)

Betting Odds: New York Knicks -3.5 -- Over/Under: 217.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Toronto Raptors invade Madison Square Garden to battle the New York Knicks on Saturday afternoon.

The Toronto Raptors haven’t been anywhere near their best all season, but they’ve been improving lately as they’re currently riding a four-game win streak after taking down the shorthanded Nets in a 114-103 home win on Wednesday. Pascal Siakam led the team with 27 points, nine rebounds and six assists, OG Anunoby added 25 points. Fred VanVleet scored 17 points while Kyle Lowry chipped in with 14 points and five assists. As a team, the Raptors shot just 43 percent from the field and 18 of 47 from the 3-point line, but this win was about their hustle on the defensive end as they struggled early and fell behind by as many as 13 points, before taking over in the second and third quarters where they outscored the Nets by a combined 69-45.

Meanwhile, the New York Knicks have been on a tear lately as they will be looking to build on their current eight-game win streak after outlasting the Hawks in a 137-127 overtime home win on Wednesday. Julius Randle led the team with 40 points with 11 rebounds and six assists, Derrick Rose and Immanuel Quickley scored 20 points while Reggie Bullock drained six 3-pointers to finish with 18 points. As a team, the Knicks shot 53 percent from the field and 19 of 35 from the 3-point line as they rallied back from a rallied back from an 11-point deficit to force overtime where they opened with a 10-0 run to finish in a romp.

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Looking at the betting trends, the Raptors are 1-8 ATS in their last nine road games, 1-5 ATS in their last six games against a team with a winning record and 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall. The Knicks are 20-7 ATS in their last 27 games against a team with a losing record, 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 home games and 21-6-1 ATS in their last 28 games overall.

Head to head, the Raptors are 4-9 ATS in the last 13 meetings in New York and the Raptors are 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings overall.

The Raptors have come to life over their past four games and they look so much better with Lowry and VanVleet back in the lineup together. However, the Knicks have been the talk of the league and they would’ve taken so much confidence from their overtime win over the Hawks on Wednesday. I wouldn’t be shocked if the Raptors pulled off the upset as they’re a team on the rise, but I’m sticking with the red-hot Knicks to get another win and cover in this one.

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Peter’s Pick New York -3.5

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