Toronto Raptors at MSG
We start the New year with another free NBA tip on the Toronto Raptors. On the second night of a b2b, The Raptors are playing at Madison Sq Garden in front of the revamped Knicks.
Toronto’s defense played well through three quarters Sunday in Orlando but didn’t get many stops down the stretch. The Raptors led by as many as 13 in the fourth, but the Magic shot 70.6 percent (12 for 17) in the final period to rally for a 102-96 win. It was the second consecutive second-half collapse by Toronto, which squandered a seven-point, third-quarter lead in Friday’s 99-86 loss to Dallas.
So far, Bargnani has shown more of a willingness to compete at both ends than he perhaps ever has. There are still more than 60 games left in the regular season and history would suggest there will be lapses but he has taken the responsibility to heart.
He is rebounding more aggressively, impacting the ball on high screen and roll plays better than ever and is carrying the team offensively, averaging 23 points per game on 52 per cent shooting from the field heading into Monday night’s game here against the Knicks.
For the Knicks, Stoudemire, who is averaging 17.3 points and 6.0 rebounds in three games, is listed as day-to-day with a sprained left ankle. He’s not expected to play tonight. Carmelo Anthony led the way with 23 points, while Stoudemire’s replacement, rookie Josh Harrellson, finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds for New York, which had averaged 80.0 points on 35.8 percent shooting in losing its previous two games.
For tonight’s game the Vegas bookmakers dropped the betting line -8 from the starting line of -10. A few other interesting NBA stats :
Raptors are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in New York.
Underdog is 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings.
Road team is 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings.
Raptors are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
Raptors are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
Raptors are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
Raptors are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games.
For tonight’s game, I see the Raptors taking advantage in the paint for not having Amare out there , and not repeating the mistakes from the previous two games when they lost important advantages .
Tonight’s free NBA pick is : Play Toronto Raptors + 8,5 @ 1, 91 only at NBA betting at Sports Interaction