The Knicks just got their ass kicked without Julius Randle. The Raptors have had a two-game losing streak, but similarly isn’t great. The only way to make this game worth watching is to bet on it. There’s no other way you can have fun.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at how these teams come together and which side I lean towards ahead of the game, starting with odds via WynnBET.
As mentioned above, Randle missed the last Knicks game and didn’t make it to this one with COVID either. The Knicks looked underwhelmed without him attacking, scoring a total of 80 points in an embarrassing New Year’s Eve 95-80 loss to the Thunder. They had yesterday to correct some things in their foul, but quite frankly I don’t have the confidence to bet them on this position.
The Raptors, meanwhile, beat the Clippers on the NYE, 116-108. Fred VanVleet has 31, Pascal Siakam has 25 and the Raptors’ anemic defense ultimately held a team under 110 points. All good, but still doesn’t make me feel confident betting them.
Instead, I’m looking at the total number of teams and, in fact, the total number of teams for the first quarter. The Knicks are over/under 25.5 points in the first quarter at -110 odds. Although the Raptors defense was stinking, the Knicks’ offensive behavior was worse. They haven’t surpassed this number in the first quarter of their last two games and, with an earlier start on the road, I don’t see them having a compelling start in this one either.
Pick: Knicks under 25.5 in first quarter (-110)
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