New York Knicks at Toronto Raptors - 1/2/22 NBA Picks and Prediction

New York Knicks at Toronto Raptors - 1/2/22 NBA Picks and Prediction Photo by Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Raptors (15-17) vs New York Knicks (17-19)

Game Info: Sunday, January 2, 2022 at 3:30 pm (Scotiabank Arena)

Betting Odds: Toronto Raptors -7.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

The New York Knicks pay a visit to the Toronto Raptors at the Scotiabank Arena on Sunday afternoon.

The New York Knicks have been in decent form as they’ve won four of their past six games overall, but they will be looking to bounce back after having their three-game win streak halted by the Thunder in a 95-80 road loss on Friday. RJ Barrett led the team with 26 points on 10 of 20 shooting while Immanuel Quickley chipped in with 11 points, but no other player finished in double figures in scoring. As a team, the Knicks shot 37 percent from the field and eight of 41 from the 3-point line as they kept pace with the Thunder in the first half, before getting blown out in the second half where they managed just 31 points. Alec Burks scored just nine points on three of eight shooting, while Evan Fournier finished with just three points on one of eight shooting.

Meanwhile, the Toronto Raptors have been in decent shape as they’ve won four of their past seven games and they will be looking to stay hot after taking down the shorthanded Clippers in a 116-108 home win on Friday. Fred VanVleet led the team with 31 points and nine assists, OG Anunoby added 26 points on eight of 16 shooting while Pascal Siakam chipped in with 25 points, 19 rebounds and seven assists. As a team, the Raptors shot 41 percent from the field and 11 of 35 from the 3-point line as they squandered an early 15-point lead to trail by seven points in the fourth quarter, before closing the game on an 11-3 run  in the final 2:08 to escape with the much-needed victory.  

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Looking at the betting trends, the Knicks are 0-7 ATS in their last seven Sunday games and 3-12 ATS in their last 15 games playing on one days’ rest. The Raptors are 5-0 ATS in their last five home games, 2-5 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a losing record and 6-1 ATS in their last seven games overall.

Head to head, the Knicks are 0-9 ATS in the last nine meetings in Toronto and the Knicks are 4-9 ATS in the last 13 meetings overall.

The Knicks will once again be without Julius Randle, Mitchell Robinson, and Kemba Walker, while Evan Fournier is listed as day to day. The Raptors will again be without DJ Wilson and David Johnson, but Scottie Barnes is expected to return in a nice boost for the Raptors. The Raptors were good enough to take advantage of a shorthanded Clippers team in their last outing and I think they can repeat that performance against a depleted Knicks team in this spot, especially with Barnes likely to rejoin the team. The Knicks are 0-9 ATS in the last nine meetings in Toronto and I think that trend continues here as the Raptors should be too good in this spot.

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Peter’s Pick Toronto -7.5

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