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Posted at 12:30 PM EST.
1:05 PM EST. The Knicks are on a six-game losing skid that has seen them give up almost 118 points a night on average. Despite dropping its last game to Milwaukee, New York was able to take away some positives from that game, as Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 26 points, while Emmanuel Mudiay added 19 more. New edition, Troy Williams, who is playing on his second 10-day contract made another pitch for a new deal with 18-points in 26 minutes off the bench but all of that is just fodder, as this play has nothing to do with backing the Knicks. New York just happens to be Toronto’s opponent today and that sets up the Knicks well to pull off an upset or come in well under the number.
This is strictly a situational play after the Raptors snapped the Rockets 17-game winning streak last time out. That game was touted as a potential NBA Finals preview, and for many south of the border, it was likely the first time they've seen the Raps all season, as Toronto gets no national airtime in the United States. Toronto has been an East force for close to five years but on Christmas Day when all the best teams are featured, you never see Toronto. The team and its players have felt disrespected for years and Friday was its chance to showcase how good they are to fans across the United States. The Raps passed that test with flying colors in a 48-minute game that they treated like it was life or death. Intensity and anticipation for a regular season game in Toronto has never been higher and now the Raps will play what will seem like an exhibition game after a playoff-like game. That’s what upsets are made of.
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NEW YORK +9½ -103 (Risking 2.06 units - To Win: 2.00)