NY Knicks vs Toronto
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The Raptors are 4-4 since they lost one of their stars in DeMar DeRozan. While they still managed to churn out wins, they would have had a better lead against their rivals had they not dropped as many to have a 17-6 record. The Raptors have relied a lot of their offense on Lowry (21 points), Williams (15 points) and Valancuinas (12 points) in their recent outings. The good thing with Toronto is that they have a deep team established with the likes of Fields, Johnson, Ross, Vasquez, Patterson and Hansbrough to help support their 3 big players. The Raptors split their 4 games last season with the Knicks.
The Knicks have been awful this entire campaign with no single player able to support Anthony in his quest to try and turn around this poor Knicks team to get them into the playoffs. Bargnani, Early and Shumpert are definitely out with JR Smith extremely doubtful for taking the field. A lot of pressure will fall on Tim Hardaway Jr. who had some strong words for Anthony, and it will be interesting to see how the 2 play together. Amar'e Stoudemire is showing some signs of his Phoenix days, but offensively they are still bad.
This game is a matchup between 2 rivals, and things will definitely get hot when they meet. Expect Carmelo Anthony to jack up a lot of shots to try and lead the scoring, and that isolation could not be a good thing for the Knicks offense especially when they are trying to implement the triangle. Toronto have been good on the defensive end and winning games by big margins, and they will want to build a new winning streak especially with teams like winnable games Orlando, Brooklyn, Detroit and New York coming up in their next 4 games and I expect them to deal a blow to the mini-Knicks revival.
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