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New York Knicks vs. Toronto Raptors Point Spread Pick: January 15th 2017

New York Knicks vs. Toronto Raptors
NBA Point Spread Pick: Toronto -9.5 points (January 15th 2017)
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The New York Knicks enter this game with questions surrounding Kristaps Porzingis (19.5-7.4), who has a sore left Achilles’ tendon. He did not play Thursday when the Knicks defeated the Bulls 104-89 to end a three-game losing streak (it was just their second win in the last 11 games).  It was the fourth game that Porzingis has missed because of the injury. “I need to get it 100 percent before I step on the court again,” Porzingis told the media on Saturday. “We have a tough schedule ahead of us and I would like to be back as soon as possible, but I have to make sure I’m healthy and can give 100 percent to the team.”

The Raptors come off an expected 132-113 win over the hapless Nets, although Toronto somehow trailed the Nets by one point late in the third quarter before going on a 28-7 surge and drawing away to a 19-point victory. “That’s human nature, a phenomenon I’ve never figured out,” Raptors head coach Dwane Casey said. “I commend our guys for finding a way, that’s what our league is all about, but you can’t play with fire like that and let a team hang around, hang around, hang around.”

The Raptors also used a strong fourth quarter to beat the Knicks in the teams’ first meeting this year, winning 118-107 back on Nov 12 at Toronto (there were 27 lead changes). DeMar DeRozan (28.2) scored 33 points for Toronto and Carmelo Anthony (22.1) had 31 for New York. The Knicks are 6-14 (10-10 ATS) on the road and the Raptors are 14-6  (12-7-1 ATS) at home.The 26-13 Toronto Raptors lead the Atlantic Division in good part because they are 7-0 SU and 6-1 ATS against division foes this season.

The Knicks have lost 12 games by double digits this yera and now face teh East’s highest-scoring team in the Raptors (111.12 PPG). That doesn’t bode well. Lay the points. Good luck…Larry

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