Dec 31, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet (23) shoots the ball against Los Angeles Clippers guard Luke Kennard (5) in the first half at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
The New York Knicks will visit the Toronto Raptors at 3:30pm ET on Sunday, Jan. 2nd
The Knicks enter the game at 17-19 overall, while the Raptors come in at 15-17 on the year
See below for the latest odds, analysis and the best bet
To begin play in the NBA on Sunday, Jan. 2nd, the New York Knicks will travel to face the Toronto Raptors at 3:30pm ET in an Eastern Conference showdown at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Canada.
New York enters at 17-19 on the year and is 5-5 in its last 10 games, currently sitting tied for ninth place in the East standings. The Knicks are coming off of a 95-80 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday in Oklahoma City.
Toronto enters at 15-17 on the year and is 6-4 over the last 10 contests to hold onto 11th place in the East. The Raptors most recently 116-108 the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday in Toronto.
Heading into the game, the Raptors are listed as seven-point favorites over the Knicks.
Knicks vs Raptors Odds
New York Knicks
Over 209.5 (-110)
Under 209.5 (-110)
Odds as of Jan. 1st at FanDuel
The Knicks are going to be dealt with a depleted roster, with Julius Randle, Nerlens Noel, Wayne Selden, Mitchell Robinson and Jericho Sims in health and safety protocols. Also out for New York will be Derrick Rose (ankle) and Kemba Walker (knee), while Evan Fournier is questionable (ankle).
The Raptors will have most of their roster for the game, with the exception of David Johnson (calf) and Goran Gragic (not with team). Scottie Barnes is listed as probable with a knee injury.
Knicks Capable of Getting Road Win
Even though they will have a gutted roster on Sunday, New York has shown the ability to be able to grab a win on the road this season. The Knicks come into the contest with a record of 10-8 in road games, having won three of their last five away from home.
In road games, New York is averaging 104.1 points while shooting 43.4 percent from the field, giving up 102.3 points and a shooting mark of 42.8 percent to opposing offenses in 18 contests.
Randle and Walker will be missed greatly for New York, with those two players being two of the top three scorers on the team this year. RJ Barrett will likely have to carry the load in their absence, coming into the game averaging 15 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists.
Raptors Hot at Home as of Late
Toronto hasn’t been that impressive at home so far this season while holding an 8-11 record on its home court. But as of late, the Raptors have thrived at home and have won six of their last eight contests in front of the home crowd. Toronto is in the midst of a four-game homestand and will play five of the next six games at home.
In home games, the Raptors are averaging 105.2 points while shooting 43.8 percent from the field, giving up 104.2 points a game to opponents while allowing teams to shoot 44.4 percent in 18 games.
Individually, Fred VanVleet has enjoyed a nice season leading the Raptors with 20.4 points, 6.8 assists, five rebounds and 1.6 steals. Pascal Siakam is averaging 19.9 points, 8.1 rebounds and 4.1 assists and OG Anunoby has added 19.7 points and 5.3 rebounds.
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Prediction and Best Bet
Even though New York is ahead of Toronto in the East standings and has shown the ability to go on the road and pull out a victory, the mixture of having a long list of players either questionable or out in this game will play into the favor of Toronto on its home court on Sunday afternoon. The Raptors have been playing well as of late and are just simply healthier, which could be the biggest difference-maker in deciding a winner at the end of the day.
For the best bet of the night, go with the over on the point total listed ahead of the contest, which is 209.5. Both teams have struggled defensively, with the Knicks ranking 18th in defensive rating and the Raptors ranking 21st, so both offenses will likely be able to put up points and surpass that mark set.
The Pick: Over 209.5 (-110)