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NBA Betting – Raptors face do-or-die against Knicks

Andrea Bargnani NBA playoff betting players don’t know what to think of Toronto just yet, as the Raptors have yet to clinch their spot in the postseason, and their fate won’t be decided until the end of Wednesday night. The Raptors can do themselves a great favor by beating New York when the Knicks come to town for their season finale.

New York Knicks vs Toronto Raptors odds – Wednesday, April 14, 7:00 PM ET

The Knicks snapped a three-game skid with a 114-103 win over Washington in their home finale at Madison Square Garden on Monday, using a 40-21 edge in the fourth quarter to rally for the win. David Lee led the way with 26 points in what could be his last game in the Garden as a Knick, while Danilo Gallinari added 24 points for the Knicks, who shot 51.3% from the field, and they hit 11 of their 23 three-point attempts. Lee will be a free agent this season in one of the most hyped markets in the history of the league, and with numbers of 20.3 points and 11.7 rebounds, he should attract some attention, and sportsbook players should keep their eye on his situation.

The Raptors bounced back from an embarrassing home loss against Chicago on Sunday by rolling to a 111-97 win in Detroit on Monday, but a win over the Bulls would have been better since that is who they are battling with for the eighth spot in the East. Andrea Bargnani had 33 points to power the Raptors, who are now a half-game behind Chicago before the Bulls face Boston on Tuesday night. The Raptors shot an outlandish 60% from the floor against the Pistons, and they shared the ball very well with 37 assists.

Sports betting odds should favor the Raptors at home in this matchup as the Knicks really have nothing to play for, other than the role of spoiler, and the Raptors will want to pay back their fans after they were booed off the court against the Bulls on Sunday. The Knicks have dropped nine of their last 10 in Toronto, and all three of their meetings overall with the Raptors this season. Even without Chris Bosh, the Raptors have enough on the roster to come away with a win against the Knicks, who may be in the hunt for Bosh if they decide not to sign Lee. The Raptors will also have one eye on the scoreboard as the Bulls will be in Charlotte on the same night, starting an hour later, but all Toronto needs to do is win their game, and go from there.

NBA betting pick: Toronto

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