- The New York Knicks are 6.5-point home favorites over the Toronto Raptors on Monday (Nov. 1st, 7:30 pm ET)
- Both teams enter play riding three-game winning streaks
- Read below for odds, analysis and a betting prediction
Two of the hottest teams in the NBA square off Monday (Nov. 1st), as the Toronto Raptors visit the New York Knicks. Both squads enter play riding three-game winning streaks, while New York is off to a 5-1 start, and sits atop the Eastern Conference standings.
Raptors vs Knicks Odds
|Toronto Raptors||+225||+6.5 (-110)||O 211 (-110)|
|New York Knicks||-275||-6.5 (-110)||U 211 (-110)|
Odds as of Oct. 31st at FanDuel.
The Knicks opened up as a 6.5-point favorite, in a game that features a total of 211. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 pm ET at Madison Square Garden, where New York has posted a 2-1 record in three contests so far this season.
Knicks Pound Pelicans
New York returns home after a sweeping its two-game road trip. The Knicks handed the Bulls their first loss of the season last Thursday, then followed up that win with a 123-117 victory in New Orleans.
RJ Barrett CAREER night 👑:
35 PTS – 8 REB – 6 AST – 6/8 3PT – 12/18 FG pic.twitter.com/UPSlbXRA8z
— KNICKS ON MSG (@KnicksMSGN) October 31, 2021
R.J. Barrett led the way with 35 points, including a career best six three’s, while Evan Fournier and Kemba Walker eached chipped in 19. Fournier and Walker, the team’s two big offseason acquisitions, combined for nine threes, while the squad buried 19 of the 33 triples (57.6%) they took.
New York shot 52% from the field in the contest, and is one the NBA’s best shooting teams through six games. The Knicks lead the league in three-point field goal percentage (40.7%), while only three teams have a better overall shooting percentage from the field.
That damn Thibs got the Knicks looking like the BEST basketball team in NEW YORK!!! Something about that Culture right now hit different! Carry the hell on…
— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) October 29, 2021
Tom Thibodeau’s team held the Pelicans to 45.7% from the field, including 33% from behind the arc, while handing New Orleans its sixth loss in seven games.
Raps Rolling As Well
Toronto meanwhile, extended its winning streak to three games by taking down Indiana for the second time in four nights. The Raps pulled out a 97-94 victory on Saturday, led once again by rookie Scottie Barnes. The 2021 fourth overall pick put up 21 points for the second straight game, while also pulling down 12 rebounds.
Scottie Barnes over his last 3 games:
21 PTS – 12 REB – 53% FG
21 PTS – 9 REB – 64% FG
18 PTS – 7 REB – 7 AST
— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) October 31, 2021
He became just the second player in franchise history to score 100 points in the first six games of his career, joining Damon Stoudamire. Barnes did jam his thumb against the Pacers, but was able to stay in the game and x-rays later came back negative.
Fred VanVleet put up 16 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals in the winning effort, while OG Anunoby poured in 15.
The Raptors shot just 42.4% from the field, but overcame a bad shooting night with a strong defensive effort. Toronto held Indiana to 43.2% from the field, while forcing 20 turnovers, and holding the Pacers to their lowest point total of the season.
Raptors vs Knicks Pick
The Raptors have been one of the better defensive teams since Nick Nurse took over the head coaching duties, and this year is no exception. Toronto ranks fifth in opponent points per game, and have forced turnovers at the league’s fourth highest rate. They’ve yielding 103 points or less in five of seven outings, holding enemy shooters below 100 points three times.
I’ll take that 🏃♂️ pic.twitter.com/KaH9YBbAIy
— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) October 31, 2021
New York is no defensive slouch itself, ranking fifth in opponent field goal percentage and sixth in blocks. They’ve held three of their past five opponents to 103 points or less, and Knicks games have a strong tendency to fall short of the total ever since Thibodeau took over.
Two of New York’s past three games have failed to reach the total, while the under is 23-18-1 at Madison Square Garden during Thibodeau’s tenure.
Pick: Under 211 (-110)