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New York Knicks vs. Toronto Raptors Point Spread Pick

Time: 7 PM EST Friday April 11, 2014, TSN2

Location: Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario

The Toronto Raptors host the New York Knicks in an Eastern Conference match up.

In their last games: The Raptors beat the Philadelphia 76ers 125-114 and the Knicks lost to the Miami Heat 102-91.

The Raptors have won both games facing the Knicks this season and in the last one they beat New York 115-100 in Toronto.

In their win over the 76ers Jonas Valanciunas scored a career-high 26 points and grabbed 12 boards and while the Raptors did not play great defense they shot 50% from the floor.

In their loss to the Heat the Knicks struggled on both sides of the court shooting 37.5% from the floor and allowing the Heat to shoot a FG% of 55.7%.

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Here are some additional handicapping angles to ponder:

In the last 5 games between these 2 teams the total has gone Over 4 times.

The Raptors are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games against the Knicks.

Carmelo Anthony has combined for 23 points on 29% shooting in his last 2 games.

Anthony has missed both games facing the Raptors this season.

Betting Odds

Point Spread: Toronto -5
Total Line: 192.5
Money Line: Knicks +175 / Raptors -210

Straight up and Against the Point Spread Records
New York Knicks: 33-45 SU 34-44 ATS
Toronto Raptors: 46-32 SU 45-31-2 ATS

Key Betting Trends
• NY is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
• NY is 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games following a SU loss of more than 10 points.
• NY has an Under record of 5-1 in their last 6 games.
• TOR is 8-3 ATS in their last 11 home games.
• TOR is 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a S.U. win.
• TOR has an Over record of 4-0 in their last 4 games.

Sagarin Power Rankings
New York Knicks: 88.07
Toronto Raptors: 92.78

Key Player Injuries

[C] 01/23/2014 – Andrea Bargnani out indefinitely ( Elbow )
[F] 02/05/2014 – Kenyon Martin out indefinitely ( Ankle )
[F] 04/10/2014 – Carmelo Anthony probable Friday vs. Toronto ( Shoulder )

[F] 04/10/2014 – Amir Johnson is upgraded to probable Friday vs. New York ( Ankle )
[G] 04/10/2014 – DeMar DeRozan injured last game, probable Friday vs. New York ( Head )

Point Spread Pick:

Toronto has won 7 of 8 but has not been extending the margin with a 3-4-1 ATS mark over the 8 games. The Raptors won both the two earlier matchups by double digits and with Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony banged up we may see more of the same tonight. The Raptors could lock up the Atlantic with a win or a Brooklyn loss, so look for them to be fully motivated from the tip off until the final buzzer. Take the Toronto Raptors -5.

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