Raptors visit Knicks as favourites on Friday NBA odds


New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (23) is crowded out byToronto Raptors Chris Boucher (left), Malcolm Miller and Oshae Brissett (right) as he watches a loose ball during second half NBA basketball action in Toronto on Wednesday, November 27, 2019. (Chris Young/CP)

The Toronto Raptors will be looking to extend their current winning streak on the road to six games when they visit the New York Knicks on Friday as 7.5-point favourites on the NBA odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Toronto hits the road after marching to an impressive 107-95 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday that extended the team’s overall straight-up win streak to five games going into Friday night’s matchup at Madison Square Garden.

Wednesday’s victory marked the Raptors’ lowest-scoring effort during their current 5-0 SU run. The team averaged 128.5 points per game during the first four wins of their current streak. However, the dip in points scored was accompanied by a strong defensive effort that limited a visiting opponent to fewer than 100 points for the first time since the team’s 117-97 win over Cleveland on New Year’s Eve.

High scoring has been the team’s hallmark during their five-game winning run in dates away from Scotiabank Arena. The Raptors have averaged 121.4 points per game while winning five straight road contests, producing a 5-0 run for the OVER in totals betting. With Toronto surrendering 112.4 points per game during that stretch, the team has covered the spread in just three of their recent road victories, according to the OddsShark NBA Database.

The Raptors have had little difficulty containing the Knicks in recent matchups. The team arrives in New York on a 15-1 SU run in its past 16 dates with the Knicks, including wins in each of its past three visits to Madison Square Garden. The Raptors have held the Knicks to just 95.25 points per game in their past four overall meetings, and posted wins by wide double-digit margins in each of their past three. Despite those trends, though, the Raptors have regularly turned in mixed results at the sportsbooks when visiting the Knicks, going 4-4 ATS at betting sites in their past eight away meetings.

The Knicks continue a three-game homestand on Friday after dropping a 100-92 decision to the visiting Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night, covering as lengthy 11.5-point underdogs.

Overall, it has turned into yet another lost season for the Knicks, who sit near the bottom of the NBA standings with a 12-33 SU record, including a 6-16 SU record on home hardwood. New York finds itself mired in a 2-9 SU run including SU losses in four of its past five home dates. However, the Knicks have been rewarding bettors with three straight ATS wins, and they sport a respectable 11-11 ATS home record so far this season.

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