NBA fans, buckle in – crazy season is here. With trades flying around left, right and centre, it is hard for supporters to keep track of every transaction across the league. The biggest trade rumours of all were surrounding Anthony Davis but the 25-year-old remains at New Orleans.
The Toronto Raptors, primed to lay down a serious challenge for the NBA Championship this year, have a solid roster and Nick Nurse’s side haven’t needed to be as active as other teams ahead of the trade deadline.
With seven wins in their last 10 outings, the Raptors are building momentum as we enter the business end of the regular season. Back against Toronto at your peril, the Canadian side will take some stopping in the Eastern Conference.
Meanwhile, the New York Knicks might as well write the 2018/19 campaign off. Languishing down in 15th spot in the East, a playoff berth is looking very unlikely indeed barring the most miraculous comeback in NBA history.
The Knicks are currently 10-43 on the season and New York could finish the year with one of the worst NBA records of all-time. Changes are expected in the offseason and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see New York turn their attention to 2019/20 in the coming months.
There is a distinct lack of quality on this Knicks roster and NBA punters will be expecting a one-sided affair at Madison Square Garden this weekend. If Toronto bring their A-game, it could get very ugly indeed for the hosts.
Raptors Clear In Race For Supremacy In Atlantic Division
At the time of writing, Toronto have a five-game lead over closest rivals Boston Celtics in the race to secure top spot in the Atlantic Division.
Although not the be all and end all, winning the division for the fifth time in six years will cement their status as the most dangerous side in the Atlantic.
10Bet are going 3/10 for the Raptors to maintain their position at the top of the division this year and it would take a brave man to back against Nurse’s side.
Their 6-4 divisional record isn’t the best in the NBA but Toronto will be focused on improving against Atlantic teams before the end of the campaign.
Perhaps only the Golden State Warriors (18-8) have been more consistent on the road than Toronto this year.
The Raptors have emerged victorious in 18 of their 29 road games since the start of 2018/19 and that ability to win away from Scotiabank Arena should prove decisive in the playoffs.
Knicks Have (Virtually) Nothing To Play For
Rooted to the bottom of the Eastern Conference, the Knicks have been the worst team in the NBA this season – and it isn’t even close.
With six wins from 36 matches against Eastern opponents, New York have failed to inspire confidence when it matters most. Another heavy defeat beckons here if Toronto go for the jugular.
The Knicks have lost 14 games in a row. No, that is not a typo. 14 consecutive defeats ranks is some way below the worst run in NBA history but New York are certainly heading in that direction.
Toronto are a class above in every department and the Knicks may find this one tough from start to finish. Canadian fans, expect a mammoth score line in favour of the Raptors.
Toronto, now 10/1 with Betway to win the NBA title this season, will fancy their chances of topping the 130-point mark here. The Knicks have shown no signs of a revival and backing the hosts would be foolish.
If Nurse gives the green light to go for the throat, the Raptors could record their highest points tally of the 2018/19 campaign.
TIP: Toronto Raptors to win
CORRECT SCORE: New York Knicks 101-130 Toronto Raptors