The Toronto Raptors will be missing one of their star players, Pascal Siakam, when they face the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. The Raptors have struggled this season, and their recent trade has left them without two of their top players, Siakam and OG Anunoby. Meanwhile, the Knicks have been on a hot streak, winning eight of their last 10 games and standing in fifth place in the Eastern Conference.
The Raptors’ struggles have continued, with a 16-26 record, while the Knicks have surged ahead with a 25-17 record. With the Raptors trading away Anunoby and Siakam, it will be the first meeting between the two teams since the trade that brought in R.J. Barrett and Immanuel Quickley.
Scottie Barnes has seen his numbers drop since the Anunoby trade, but he showed signs of improvement by scoring 31 points against Chicago. The new additions R.J. Barrett and Immanuel Quickley have provided scoring punch for the Raptors, but the team’s defense has been inconsistent.
On the other hand, the Knicks have thrived since trading for Anunoby and Precious Achiuwa. Jalen Brunson has been playing exceptionally well, scoring above 30 points in five of his last seven games. O.G. Anunoby has provided versatile defense and toughness for the Knicks, while Precious Achiuwa has found his spot in the rotation.
Injury concerns for the Raptors include Otto Porter Jr. and Jakob Poeltl, while the Knicks will be missing Mitchell Robinson and have Josh Hart listed as questionable. Betting trends show that the Knicks rank high in home games against the spread, while the Raptors have struggled on the road.
For those considering wagers, under 228 points and Isaiah Hartenstein over 10.5 rebounds are popular choices. Scottie Barnes Over 30.5 Points/Assists/Rebounds is also something to watch, as Barnes is expected to take control in the absence of Siakam.