New York Knicks vs Toronto Raptors Prediction, 12/31/2020 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New York Knicks vs Toronto Raptors
Date: Thursday, December 31, 2020
Location: Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL
Odds/Point Spread: New York (+10)
The New York Knicks (2-2) head to Amalie Arena on Thursday where they'll take on the Toronto Raptors (0-3). Toronto opens this contest as 10-point favorites. The O/U opens at 214.5.
The New York Knicks faced the Cleveland Cavaliers and went home with a win by a final score of 95-86 in their last contest. New York walked away from the contest with a 43.0% FG percentage (34 out of 79) and buried 14 of 25 three-point attempts. From the charity stripe, the Knicks made 13 of 21 tries for a percentage of 61.9%. When discussing pulling down boards, they compiled a total of 55 with 14 of them being offensive. They also recorded 23 assists for this game as well as having 9 steals and 6 blocks. In regard to the defense, New York allowed the other team to go 36.4% from the field on 32 of 88 shooting. Cleveland doled out 22 assists and had 13 steals for the matchup. On top of that, the Cavaliers had 43 boards (14 offensive, 29 defensive) and had 10 blocked shots. Cleveland finished the contest at 68.2% from the free throw line by making 15 of 22 tries. They made 7 out of their 32 tries from beyond the perimeter.
Julius Randle is a player who came through for the contest. He had 28 points on 9 of 16 shooting. He saw the court for 44:09 minutes played and also collected 12 boards. Randle went 56.3% from the field and recorded 11 assists. An additional guy that was a contributor in the game for the Knicks was Reggie Bullock. He grabbed 7 boards and also earned 2 assists. He finished 46.2% from the floor for the matchup by connecting on 6-of-13 (17 points). In all, Bullock was on the court for 40:59 minutes.
New York will enter this contest with a record of 2-2 on the campaign. They turn it over 18.8 times per game and as a unit they are committing 23.5 personal fouls every game. As a team, New York is pulling in 46.0 rebounds per game and has accumulated 94 assists this year, which has them ranked 13th in the NBA in terms of passing the ball. The Knicks are hitting 45.9% on shots from downtown (50 of 109) and 73.4% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 105.3 points per contest (25th in basketball) while hitting 45.5% from the floor. On the defensive end, the Knicks are forcing their opponents into 12.3 turnovers per contest and they draw 20.3 fouls. The Knicks are allowing a field goal percentage of 43.8% (49 of 81) and they concede 46.0 rebounds per contest as a group. They currently rank 18th in the league in allowing assists to their opponents with 94 surrendered for the season. They relinquish 24.4% on 3-pointers while they are 7th in basketball in points per game allowed (106.5).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Toronto Raptors walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 100-93 when they played the Philadelphia 76ers. The Raptors pulled down 37 defensive rebounds and 10 offensive boards for a total of 47 for the game. They stuffed 7 shots while getting 12 steals in the game. The 76ers earned 15 fouls in the game which took the Raptors to the free throw line for 14 attempts. They were able to knock down 12 of the free throws for a percentage of 85.7%. In relation to 3-point attempts, Toronto made 17 of their 45 tries (37.8%). At the conclusion of this game, the Raptors shot 32 out of 90 from the floor which gave them a rate of 35.6%. The Raptors permitted the 76ers to convert 32 of 84 attempts from the field which left them with a shooting percentage of 38.1% for the matchup. They wrapped up this game 25.8% from beyond the arc by shooting 8 of 31 and walked away from this one shooting 28 of 33 at the free throw line (84.8%). With respect to cleaning the glass, Toronto allowed Philadelphia to pull down 54 in all (9 offensive).
Kyle Lowry pitched in for the Raptors for the game. He buried 6 of 15 in this game for a rate of 40.0%, which had him sitting at 24 points. Lowry had 8 rebounds in his 37:13 mins of playing time and accounted for 9 assists for this game. One more player that ended being a contributor for Toronto was OG Anunoby. He ended up walking away with 20 points in his 36:07 minutes on the court by going 7 of 11 shooting for the game. Anunoby wrapped this one up going 63.6% from the field while contributing 2 assists and 6 rebounds.
Toronto has a record of 0-3 on the season. Toronto has 306 points so far this year (102.0 per game) and they grab 42.7 boards per game. The Raptors are responsible for committing 24.3 personal fouls every game and they shoot 78.0% from the free throw line. On the offensive side of the ball, the Raptors are hitting on 41.5% from the floor, which is ranked 29th in the league. They are assisting teammates 26.3 times per contest (8th in basketball) and they are turning it over 17.7 times per contest. The Raptors are ranked 13th in basketball in points given up per game with 110.7. They are forcing 21.0 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 45.8% from the field (14th in basketball). The Toronto defense gives up 38.3% on shots from beyond the arc (41 of 107) and their opponents are making 71.0% of their free throw attempts. They have surrendered 29.0 assists and 50.7 boards on a nightly basis, ranking them 29th and 28th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take New York (+10)
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