Toronto Raptors @ New York Knicks Free Betting Pick February 28th

I was correct on my last Raptors free betting pick as the Warriors (-2) trounced the Raptors 113-89 in Toronto last night. I am now 20-24 in Raptors free betting picks. Tonight the 37-21 Toronto Raptors travel to New York to take on the 11-46 Knicks.

(37-21) Toronto Raptors @ (11-46) New York Knicks

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Probable starting line-ups:

Toronto – PG – Kyle Lowry  SG – DeMar DeRozan  C – Jonas Valanciunas  SF – James Johnson  PF – Patrick Patterson

New York – Point Guard – Langston Galloway  Shooting Guard – Tim Hardaway  Center – Andrea Bargnani  Small Forward – Cleanthony Early  Power Forward – Louis Amundson

Stats Leaders:

Toronto – PPG – Kyle Lowry 18.0  RPG – Jonas Valanciunas 8.8  APG – Kyle Lowry 7.0

New York – Points Per Game – Carmelo Anthony 24.2  Rebounds Per Game – Carmelo Anothony 6.6  Assists Per Game – Jose Calderon 4.7

Team Scoring: (with league ranking in parentheses)

Toronto – PF – 104.4 (5th)  PA – 100.5 (19th)

New York – Points For (Per Game) – 92.8 (29th)  Points Against (Per Game) – 101.0 (23rd)

Overview:

The Toronto Raptors have dropped 4 games in a row. Last night they were crushed 113-89 at home versus the Golden State Warriors. Backup small forward Terrence Ross led the way with 18 points on 7 of 14 shooting in 24 minutes. Shooting guard DeMar DeRozan scored 14 points on 4 of 16 shooting in 26 minutes. He was 6 of 6 from the foul line. He also had 3 rebounds. Reserve shooting guard Louis Williams chipped in with 12 points on 2 of 7 shooting in 26 minutes. He was 7 of 8 from the free throw line. Center Jonas Valanciunas contributed with 7 points and 12 rebounds. He was 2 of 4 from the field and 3 of 6 from the foul line in 27 minutes. The team shot 40.3% from the field, 18.2% from the 3 point line (4-22), and 82.1% from the free throw line (23-28). They were out-rebounded in the game 47-42. They were down 41 points going in the final period outscored the Warriors 32-15 in the 4th quarter. Toronto is 16-11 on the road this season. Tonight is the 2nd game of a back to back. They are 8-5 in the 2nd game of a back to back so far this season. Their next game is Monday at Philadelphia.

The New York Knicks snapped their 8 game losing skid with a 121-115  2 overtime win at Detroit last night. It was their first road victory since January 21st. Center Andrea Bargnani led the team with a double-double as he poured in 25 points and pulled down 12 rebounds. He was 10 of 20 from the field in 36 minutes. Shooting guard Tim Hardaway Jr netted 18 points on 7 of 14 shooting in 32 minutes. Power forward Louis Amundson chipped in with a double-double as he scored 17 points and grabbed 14 rebounds. He was 8 of 16 from the field in 35 minute. Backup point guard Shane Larkin contributed off the bench with 16 points on 5 of 9 shooting in 36 minutes. Point guard Langston Galloway had 12 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists. He was 3 of 9 from the field and 5 of 5 from the foul line in 34 minutes. The team shot 41.3% from the field, 33.3% from the 3 point line (6-18), and 96.2% from the free throw line (25-26). They out-rebounded their opposition 58-54. The Knicks were down 12 points at the half but out-scored the Pistons 54-42 in the 2nd half to force overtime. New York is 7-21 at home this season. Tonight is the 2nd game of a back to back. They are 1-12 in the 2nd game of a back to back so far this season. Their next game is Tuesday at home versus Sacramento.

Toronto was victorious in their first 2 meetings with New York this season. On December 14th the Raptors nipped the Knicks in overtime 95-90 at New York and on December 21st the Raptors secured a 118-108 home victory. After tonight the 2 teams play 1 more time this season, March 22nd at Toronto.

Prediction:

Although the Raptors are in real funk right now I think the perfect medicine for them will be the Knicks. The Knicks should be pretty worn out after that double overtime game last night. The Raptors need to get out some of their anger from their previous losses this evening. Take the Raptors -12 (1.90) (Bet365)

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