2019-20 NBA – New York Knicks @ Toronto Raptors Preview & Pick

THE FACTS

When is New York Knicks @ Toronto Raptors taking place? Thursday 28th November, 2019 – 00:30 (UK)

Where is New York Knicks @ Toronto Raptors taking place? Scotiabank Arena

What channel is New York Knicks @ Toronto Raptors on? TSN (Toronto), MSG Network (New York)

Where can I stream New York Knicks @ Toronto Raptors? If the game is televised on Sky Sports, subscribers will be able to stream the match live via Sky Go / NBA League Pass subscribers can stream every game live on the online service

Where can I get tickets for New York Knicks @ Toronto Raptors? https://nbatickets.nba.com/

What was the outcome in the last meeting? New York Knicks 92 – 117 Toronto Raptors

THE TEAM NEWS

NEW YORK KNICKS

  • The Knicks are coming off a 103-101 loss against their city rivals, the Brooklyn Nets, this past Sunday and that was their third straight loss. Owners of a W1, L4 mark in their last five games, New York continue to struggle and they sit near the bottom of the Eastern Conference (14th) thanks to a 4-13 record.
  • Rookie shooting guard R.J. Barrett has been listed as a game-time decision due to illness, but he is expected to suit up ahead of this matchup. Guards Elfrid Payton and Reggie Bullock have been ruled out already, so the Knicks could be quite depleted on the backcourt ahead of this contest.
  • Marcus Morris has been New York’s most consistent player this season, and he is taking advantage of a considerable spike on his minutes going forward. Through 17 games this season, Morris is averaging a career-high 19.3 points and 6.3 rebounds in 33.8 minutes per game.

TORONTO RAPTORS

  • The Raptors have proven they can be competitive despite the offseason departure of Kawhi Leonard, and they remain one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference since they sit in second place with a 12-4 record. They are coming off a 101-96 win over the Philadelphia 76ers, a result that pushed their winning streak to four games.
  • The reigning NBA champions could have Serge Ibaka back for this game and he has been listed as questionable alongside Dewan Hernandez and Matt Thomas, so all three should be game-time decisions for the coaching staff. Kyle Lowry, Stanley Johnson and Patrick McCaw have all been ruled out.
  • Considering Lowry is out and Ibaka has already missed eight straight games, Toronto’s scoring load should once again fall on Pascal Siakam’s shoulders. The four-year power forward has looked impressive of late since he is averaging 25.7 points, 8.4 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game, while shooting 37.4 percent from three-point range. All those marks would be career-high figures for him if the season ended today.

THE PREDICTION

Aside from the fact the Knicks have been one of the worst teams in the Eastern Conference this season, they have also struggled heavily on the road thanks to a 1-7 mark away from home. On the other hand, the Raptors are riding their best stretch of form at the moment and have a perfect 7-0 record at Scotiabank Arena this season. Toronto should win this game rather easily.

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