Preview: Toronto At New York

When: 7:30 PM  ET, Saturday, February 28, 2015
Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
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There is no better cure for a long losing streak than a date with the New York Knicks, and the Toronto Raptors will try to stop a four-game slide when they visit New York on Saturday. The Raptors managed to hang onto sole possession of second place in the Eastern Conference thanks to Cleveland’s loss on Friday but are nowhere near the top of their game. The Knicks snapped an eight-game skid with a double-overtime win in Detroit on Friday.

Toronto had three days to prepare for the Golden State Warriors but went a franchise-worst 1-of-19 from the floor in the first quarter and fell behind by 41 points by the end of the third in Friday’s 113-89 home loss. The struggles of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan on the offensive end are partly to blame, but the Raptors put up little resistance on the defensive end as well in matching their longest slide of the season. The one positive is that none of the starters was used for more than 27 minutes in the loss, while New York will be trying to find its legs after battling the Pistons for 58 minutes.

TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, SportsNet (Toronto), MSG (New York)

ABOUT THE RAPTORS (37-21): Lowry described his play of late as “trash” during the week and did not show much improvement Friday while scoring four points on 1-of-7 shooting without an assist. The All-Star is 15-of-54 from the field and 3-of-26 from beyond the arc in the last four games, while backcourt mate DeRozan is in a similar slump at 21-of-66 during the losing streak. Toronto tried to generate some offense at the start by inserting Patrick Patterson into the starting lineup against the Warriors, but he was limited to four points in 22 minutes.

ABOUT THE KNICKS (11-46): Andrea Bargnani is one of the few healthy veterans left for New York, and the former No. 1 overall pick broke out with season highs of 25 points and 12 rebounds in the 121-115 win over Detroit. The next step is for the Knicks to stop a four-game home slide, and they will play three of their next four in their own arena. The losing season is allowing New York’s front office to get a longer look at several younger players, and Shane Larkin broke out for 16 points in 36 minutes at Detroit after sitting out the previous three games with an illness.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Knicks G Langston Galloway has scored in double figures in each of the last four games.

2. Raptors C Jonas Valanciunas is averaging 11 rebounds in five games since the All-Star break.

3. Toronto took the first two meetings this season, including a 95-90 overtime win in New York on Dec. 14.

PREDICTION: Raptors 102, Knicks 94

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Toronto 37-21 L4 21-10 16-11 2-1 35-20 9-1 25-10
New York 11-46 W1 7-21 4-24 3-7 8-39 3-7 7-30

Last Meeting

Toronto New York
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
12/21/14 NY 108 TOR 118 118 43 48.8 108 32 48.8

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
TOR K. Lowry 22 58.3 6
NY C. Anthony 28 46.2 3
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
TOR A. Johnson 10 4 6
NY C. Aldrich 7 1 6
Assists Player  
TOR K. Lowry 9
NY J. Calderon 10
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
TOR K. Lowry 1124 42.1 233
NY C. Anthony 1096 44.5 219
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
TOR J. Valanciunas 531 163 368
NY C. Anthony 294 80 214
Assists Player  
TOR K. Lowry 433
NY J. Calderon 210

Quickchart Matchup

Toronto  Off vs  New York Def
104.4 Points For
101.0 Points Against
45.3 FG%
46.2 FG%
41.9 Reb
43.3 Reb
New York Off vs  Toronto Def
92.8 Points For
100.5 Points Against
43.4 FG%
45.7 FG%
43.3 Reb
42.7 Reb

Live Game Odds

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Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Toronto Overall New York
37-21 W/L 11-46
27-30-1 ATS 22-33-2
30-28-0 O/U 25-31-1
104.4 Pts For 92.8
100.5 Pts Against 101.0
Toronto A/H New York
16-11 W/L 7-21
14-12-1 ATS 9-19-0
17-10-0 O/U 9-18-1
106.3 Pts For 91.4
104.0 Pts Against 98.5