The Toronto Raptors play the 2nd game of a back to back as they head to New York to face the Knicks.
(36-18) Toronto Raptors @ (24-33) New York Knicks
Probable starting line-ups:
Toronto – PG – Kyle Lowry SG – DeMar DeRozan C – Jonas Valanciunas SF – James Johnson PF – Luis Scola
New York – PG – Jose Calderon SG – Arron Afflalo C – Robin Lopez SF – Carmelo Anthony PF – Kristaps Porzingis
Toronto – PPG – DeMar DeRozan 23.4 RPG – Jonas Valanciunas 9.5 APG – Kyle Lowry 6.3
New York – PPG – Andrew Wiggins 20.7 RPG – Karl-Anthony Towns 10.1 APG – Ricky Rubio 8.6
Team Scoring: (with league ranking in parentheses)
Toronto – PF – 101.8 (15th) PA – 97.5 (5th)
New York – PF – 100.1 (21st) PA – 103.9 (23rd)
The Toronto Raptors put an end to their 2 game losing skid with a 98-85 victory at home versus the Memphis Grizzlies yesterday. Starting shooting guard DeMar DeRozan led the team in scoring with 21 points. He also had 5 rebounds and 3 assists. He shot 6 of 16 from the field and 9 of 10 from the free throw line. Starting point guard Kyle Lowry tallied 18 points, 7 assists, and 4 rebounds. He was 6 of 13 from the field, 4 of 5 from the free throw line, and 2 of 6 from the 3 point line. Backup point guard Cory Joseph came off the bench to net 14 points. He also had 4 rebounds. He was 5 of 8 from the field, 2 of 2 from the free throw line, and 2 of 3 from the 3 point line. Backup power forward Patrick Patterson chipped in with 11 points and 8 rebounds. He was 2 of 8 from the field, 5 of 6 from the free throw line, and 2 of 6 from the 3 point line. Starting center Jonas Valanciunas had a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds. He shot 4 of 7 from the field and 2 of 2 from the free throw line. The team shot 40.7% from the field, 80.6% from the free throw line, and 25% from the 3 point line. They attempted 31 free throws and made 25 of them. They missed 21 of 28 shots from beyond the arc. They out-rebounded their opponent 58-50. They had 12 assists in the game. They forced the Grizzlies in to 13 turnovers. They only scored 3 fast break points but did manage to score 40 points in the paint. They outscored their opposition in each of the 4 quarters. Tonight is their 30th road game of the season. They are 17-12 on the road thus far. After tonight they go home and play 9 of their next 10 games at home. Their next game is Wednesday at home versus the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The New York Knicks put an end to their 7 game losing skid with a 103-95 victory at home versus the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday. Starting small forward Carmelo Anthony led the team with a double-double as he poured in 30 points and pulled down 11 rebounds. He also had 4 assists. He shot 12 of 23 from the field and 6 of 7 from the free throw line. Starting center Robin Lopez also tallied a double-double with 26 points and 16 rebounds. He also had 3 blocks. He was 11 of 14 from the field and 4 of 4 from the free throw line. Starting shooting guard Arron Afflalo netted 11 points. He also had 4 rebounds and 3 assists. He shot 4 of 10 from the field and 3 of 5 from the 3 point line. Backup small forward Lance Thomas came off the bench to notch 11 points and 5 rebounds. He was 5 of 10 from the field and 1 of 3 from the 3 point line. The team shot 50.6% from the field, 87.5% from the free throw line, and 29.4% from the 3 point line. They made 14 of their 16 attempted free throws. They missed 12 of their 17 shots beyond the arc. They dominated the glass as they out-rebounded the T’Wolves 60-38. They had 7 blocks in the game. They turned the ball over 16 times. They scored 4 fast break points and 42 points in the paint. Their best quarter was the opening period as they outscored their opponent 31-16. Tonight is their 30th home game of the season. They are 14-15 at home thus far. Tonight is the final game of a 7 game home stand. Including tonight they play 4 of their next 5 games at home. Their next game is Wednesday at the Indiana Pacers.
Tonight is the first meeting of the season between Toronto and Memphis. Last season the Raptors and Grizzlies split their pair of meetings. After tonight the 2 teams play 1 more time: April 1st at Memphis.
The Raptors are 8-1 versus their own division this season. The Knicks are 6 games back of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Knicks have lost 5 straight home games and they’ll make it number 6 tonight.
Take the Raptors -3.5 (1.90) (Bet365)
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