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Knicks Trying To Build Momentum In Toronto

Posted by Craig Parsons on 3/20/2013 7:16:43 PM

The New York Knicks and the Toronto Raptors are trying to regroup in the second half of March. They meet this Friday in Canada, intent on making a push before the playoffs.

New York Knicks @ Toronto Raptors – Friday, March 22
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Why New York Will Win

The NFL betting gurus now looking for a new point of focus over the next few months are quite likely to migrate to pro basketball. They'll find these reasons to pick the Knicks: For one thing, New York will have ample motivation to hold onto a better seating going in to the playoffs. It's not news to anyone that because of injuries to many different players on this older roster, the Knicks have been suffering in the win and loss columns late in the season, but the truth is that coach Mike Woodson's team still has a lot of very talented players who can win games for him. Jason Kidd is the biggest key at this point because of his experience.

Although slowed by age, he still owns a considerable collection of abilities. Raymond Felton has been slowed this winter by a finger injury, so Kidd's ballhandling and decision making are what this team is going to need to redefine itself in a winning way - here against Toronto, and on a broader level as the season comes to a close.

The other important  factor in this game is going to emerge at the other end of the floor. Can New York get the defense it displayed in November and December? This effort will need to be led by a more younger player, Iman Shumpert, whose aggressive style should pay dividends against the Raptors' Rudy Gay.

Why Toronto Will Win

When football betting pundits try their hand at basketball analysis, they'll offer these reasons for a Toronto victory: The Raptors won the last two times in this matchup, both in Toronto and New York, so why wouldn't the Raptors be able to pull off a third win now? Even though this team is still very low in the pecking order in the Eastern Conference, the addition of shooting wing Rudy Gay has been great for them.

The way this team is performing on the court is still noticeably uneven, but one can see the potential Toronto has for next season. The new injection of talent plus the two prior wins over the Knicks could point very much in Toronto's favor.

All the youthful talent here could be a problem against other teams with more experienced players on their rosters, but the injury-plagued Knicks are probably going to have to fight uphill against the Raptors in this matchup, since a lot of New York's players seem to come and go off the disabled list on an almost nightly basis. The age that comes with their experience will diminish the Knicks' capabilities and play in the Raptors' favor.

Who Will Win

The Knicks should be favored in this game, the reasoning being that in a league stacked with so much talent, it is extremely difficult to for any one team to beat any other team three times in a row, just because of coaching and most players' personal pride. This is especially so on a team like the Knicks that is stacked with older guys who take getting beaten by a group of youngsters very personally. New York will get revenge here.

NBA Basketball Betting Pick: New York

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