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Toronto Raptors vs. New York Knicks Predictions, Odds, Picks

Nov. 1, 2021
Eytan Shander
VI Betting Expert
VegasInsider.com

Both the Knicks and Raptors are hoping to start November just like they ended October, red hot. Only one of these teams can win their fourth straight, as the Knicks host the Raptors 7:30 p.m. ET Saturday night on NBATV.

Score Prediction

Knicks 118, Raptors 109

Best Bets

Knicks -6.5

Toronto Raptors vs. New York Knicks Predictions

The Knicks come off a road victory Saturday in New Orleans where R.J. Barrett was the story. Even after the Knicks nearly blew a double-digit lead, Barrett helped stabilize the Knicks. The start for New York seems historic. It’s the first time in nine years they’ve started with a winning record through six games. Julius Randle is going to be a terror for the Raptors.

Toronto has a couple of bright spots – including rookie Scottie Barnes who continues to put up great numbers. The problem is the Raptors don’t have a standalone scorer who can consistently take over games. The Raptors must outscore their early season average of 103.7 PPG, way too low to keep up with New York.

The Raptors are thin up front in trying to limit Randle with Previous Achiuwa and a rotation of bigs. Fred VanVleet has helped fuel the recent Raptors run, but the Knicks get most of their productivity from their three guards combined.

The Toronto point guard combined with the rookie Barnes will have to outscore the trio of Knicks guard. Derrick Rose, Evan Fournier, and Kemba Walker combine for the most productivity on the Knicks.

The major difference in the Raptors is clearly Barnes fitting right in with the NBA. He’s been a huge addition offensively, allowing VanVleet to become more of a distributor. The Raptors come into this game winners of three straight, with Barnes at 20 PPG during the stretch. OG Anunoby will be charged with slowing down Barrett, and Gary Trent Jr. will be on a rotation of the Knicks backcourt. The Raptors are a defense-first team with some sneaky scoring, but the Knicks have moved past that persona and can put up points with anyone in the league.

The Knicks aren’t just Randle and a bunch of guards – at least not after Saturday night. The growth of Barrett into a two-way player could be pivotal in the Knicks season. They continue to get offensive productivity – scoring over 100 points in each of their six games. Randle has been on a slide as of the past three games, all Knicks wins.

Toronto Raptors vs. New York Knicks Betting Odds

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  • Raptors +230
  • Knicks -290
  • Raptors +7 (-110)
  • Knicks -7 (-110)
  • Over 211.5 (-110)
  • Under 211.5 (-110)

Toronto Raptors vs. New York Knicks Betting Resources

  • Matchup: Atlantic
  • Date: Monday, November 1, 2021
  • Venue: Madison Square Garden
  • Location: New York, New York
  • TV-Time: NBATV - 7:30 p.m. ET



Toronto Raptors Betting Analysis

Straight Up - SU, Against the Spread - ATS, Over-Under (O/U)

  • SU: 4-3
  • ATS: 3-4
  • O/U: 3-4

Barnes didn’t need any time to adjust to the NBA, from scoring to rebounding, Barnes is keying the Raptors. Barnes leads the team with both 18.1 PPG and 8.9 RPG. OG Anunoby is at 18 PPG and bringing down 5.6 RPG. VanVleet is taking advantage of the spacing created by Barnes, as the Raptors are seeing 7.3 APG, 5.0 RPG, and 17 PPG from VanVleet.

Trent, Jr. has been stepping up as the final Raptor averaging double-digits at 13.6 PPG. Goran Dragic in a reduced role is down to 6 PPG shooting just under 32 percent from the floor. Achiuwa is averaging 9 PPG and 8.5 RPG up front for the Raptors.

New York Knicks Betting Analysis

Straight Up - SU, Against the Spread - ATS, Over-Under (O/U)

  • SU: 5-1
  • ATS: 4-2
  • O/U: 4-2

<p.It’s been a fun ride for the Knicks this year, as they revamped their backcourt in the offseason and are seeing Barrett emerge as an offensive threat. Randle is their key cog, averaging 20.8 PPG, 11.2 RPG, and a team-leading 6.5 APG.

Fournier has settled in nicely with his new team, averaging 17.5 PPG. Barrett is up to 17.2 PPG and 5.7 RPG. Walker is putting up 15 PPG with Rose behind him at 12.3 PPG.

Toronto Raptors vs. New York Knicks Head-to-Head

It’s the first matchup between these two teams this year. Both teams are coming off victories on Saturday night, and both teams are winners of three straight.

Key Players to Watch

  • TOR: Scottie Barnes - SF (18.1 ppg, 8.9 rpg)
  • TOR: OG Anunoby - SF (18 ppg, 5.6 rpg)
  • NYK: Julius Randle - PF (20.8 ppg, 11.2 rpg, 6.5 apg)
  • NYK: Kemba Walker - PG (15 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.2 apg)

Injuries

  • TOR: Pascal Siakam - PF (Out)
  • TOR: Yuta Watanabe - SF (Out)
  • NYK: Nerlens Noel - C (Out)

Toronto Raptors vs. New York Knicks Betting Conclusion

<P.The Raptors can get stops and keep teams from pouring in points, but the Knicks have been a tough matchup since they dropped their only game this year – in Orlando. The Knicks are 4-2 ATS where the Raptors are 3-4 ATS. Toronto has a great young star-to-be in Barnes, but the Knicks have more seasoned scoring, especially from the trio of guards.

New York hosting this game is huge, plus Toronto needed their three-game win streak to narrowly get above .500 on the year. We are back to it being difficult to scrap out a win at MSG, and Toronto simply doesn’t have the offensive firepower to do so.

Toronto Raptors vs. New York Knicks Betting Trends

  • Toronto has won three straight games.
  • New York has covered the spread in four of its last six games.
  • New York has gone OVER the point total in four of its last six games.


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