New York Knicks vs Toronto Raptors 1/2/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

New York Knicks vs Toronto Raptors 1/2/2022 Picks Predictions Previews


The Toronto Raptors are hosting the New York Knicks at the ScotiaBank Arena in Toronto on Sunday, January 2, 2022, at 13:30 ET in this Eastern battle between two teams with negative records sitting outside the top-8 of the conference.


The Raptors are coming off a win that snapped their previous two-game losing streak, while on the other hand the Knicks are coming off a defeat that ended their previous three-game winning streak. 


The Raptors have a 15-17 record so far this season and are sitting the 11th place of the East. They are 16-16 against the spread and 19-13 in over/under. They are coming off a home victory against the Los Angeles Clippers with a 116-108 score, beating the odds, even though they shot worse than their opponents from the field (42% to 49%).


Three of their starters scored 25+ points, led by Fred Van Vleet with 31 points with 4 made threes, 4 rebounds and a team-high 9 assists. 


He leads the team both in scoring with 20.4 ppg and in dimes made with 6.8, adding 5 boards per game. Pascal Siakam adds 19.9 ppg, 8.1 boards and 4.1 assists per game.  


The Raptors average 106.5 ppg offensively while allowing 106.8 ppg defensively. They have a 43.8% field goal percentage and a 34% 3-point percentage.


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New York Knicks vs Toronto Raptors Predictions 1/2/2022


The Knicks have a 17-19 record this season and are tied with the Boston Celtics in the 9th place of the East. They are 16-20 against the spread and 15-21 in over/under. They are coming off a road defeat against the Oklahoma City Thunder with an 80-95 score, not beating the odds. They shot with just 37% from the field and only one of their starters scored double digits and that was RJ Barrett with a team-high 26 points, adding 7 rebounds and 3 assists. 


Julius Randle leads the team in scoring with 19.3 ppg, in boards grabbed with 10 and in dimes made with 5 per game but he is currently in the league’s health and safety protocols. RJ Barrett follows with 15 ppg and 5.6 boards per game. 


The Knicks average 104.7 ppg offensively and allow 105.3 ppg defensively. They have a 43.4% field goal percentage and a 35.6% 3-point percentage.


The Raptors have won both previous meetings against the Knicks so far this season. At home with a 90-87 score and on the road with 104-113. They are 6-3 against the spread in their previous nine meetings.


The Raptors have an 8-10 home record this season, while the Knicks are 10-8 on the road. The Knicks are very weak without Randle in their lineup, so pick the Raptors to beat the odds today.  


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New York Knicks vs Toronto Raptors 1/2/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

Time: 13:30 ET 


Location: ScotiaBank Arena in Toronto, Canada


Date: Sunday, January 2, 2022


TV: –


NBA Odds/Point Spread: Toronto Raptors -8


NBA Totals: 206.5


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