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New York Knicks versus Toronto Raptors Pick Prediction NBA Pro Basketball Odds Preview 3-23-2013


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Both teams will be on back to backs when the 26-43 Toronto Raptors face the 41-26 New York Knicks in the final game of a home and home series from NBA pro basketball game on Saturday night. Tip off time from Madison Square Garden in New York City is scheduled for 7:30PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by the NBA League Pass Channel.

The NBA pro basketball odds from this game have the home team New York Knicks favored by -6 points with an over under line of 192 points. There has been no movement in the odds since the lines were released a few hours ago.

This is the fourth meeting of the year between the Raptors and Knicks with Toronto winning and covering the spread in two of the three games.

Toronto has a road record of 9-25 straight up. They lose their third straight and 12th in 13 games after a 99-94 home defeat to the New York Knicks on Friday night as a -1 ½ point betting favorite. The game landed over 192 points. The Raptors fell behind by 13 points at the half. They shot 45.6% from the field and made 11 of 32 three pointers. Allan Anderson led the Raptors with 35 points off the bench and six rebounds on 11 of 18 from the field. Toronto has not defended well this season by allowing 46% shooting to their opponents. The high volume and low percentage shooting by Rudy Gay has helped sink this team further to the bottom of the Eastern conference. Gay is hitting on just 40.2% of his shots.

The New York Knicks are 23-10 in their home games. In their victory against the Raptors the team enjoyed a 53.5% shooting game with 10 of 22 coming from three. They pulled down 7 more rebounds than the Raptors. In his second game back from victory Carmelo Anthony led New York with 37 points and six rebounds on 14 of 31 from the floor. The Knicks have defended much better of late as they have allowed their past four opponents to 94 points or less. New York has improved to ninth in the NBA in scoring defense by allowing 95.9 points per game.