Matchup: Toronto Raptors vs. New York Knicks
Records: Raptors (52-23); Knicks (14-60)
Where to Watch
Date: March 28
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Radio: TSN Radio 1050
Location: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
The Raptors begin a two-game road trip Thursday night as they visit Madison Square Garden to take on the New York Knicks.
It's the second time the two teams have met in as many weeks; Toronto cruised to a 36-point home win over New York on March 18 - the first of four straight losses for the Knicks, who currently hold the league's worst record.
In its most recent outing - an 11-point loss to the LA Clippers - New York was led by 26 points, seven assists and six rebounds from fourth-year guard Emmanuel Mudiay and a 20-point, 13-rebound double-double from DeAndre Jordan. This season, Mudiay is averaging 14.7 points per game while Jordan is averaging 11.3 points and 11.6 rebounds in his first 18 games as a Knick.
Toronto, on the other hand, is 2-2 since defeating New York 10 days ago; it is coming off of a nine-point win over Chicago in which the reserves scored 61 points on the night, led by Norman Powell's team-high 20.
In his second game back from an ankle injury sustained against the Knicks, Kyle Lowry finished with 14 points and six assists in the win over the Bulls. The play in which the injury occurred caused Lowry to call Knicks centre Mitchell Robinson's actions "a little dirty," prompting a response from the rookie.
With Kawhi Leonard sidelined Thursday for load management, the Raptors will again look to their reserves for contributions. Fred VanVleet, who typically starts in Leonard's absence, has been playing solid basketball since returning from his injury.
Toronto has won five straight games over New York, including the first three meetings between the two teams this season; the Raptors have won 16 of their last 19 meetings with the Knicks.
The Raptors are currently 10-4 against Atlantic Division opponents; it's the fifth consecutive season Toronto has won at least 10 division games.
Five of the Knicks' 14 wins have come against teams currently in the playoff picture (Nets, Celtics, Bucks, Spurs, Magic) - four of the five wins have come at Madison Square Garden.
Pascal Siakam is averaging 22.6 points, 7.6 rebounds and shooting 64.4 percent from the field over the last five games.
Toronto will be without Kawhi Leonard (load management), who appeared in the four games leading up to this trip. OG Anunoby (concussion-like symptoms) is listed as questionable.
New York's Frank Ntilikina (sore groin), Allonzo Trier (strained left calf) and Noah Vonleh (sprained right ankle, bruised right foot) are all listed as out, while Kevin Knox (sprained right ankle) and Dennis Smith Jr. (sore lower back) are both listed as questionable.
Last Time They Played
Date: March 18, 2019
Score: Raptors 128, Knicks 92
Raptors: Kyle Lowry - 15 points, eight assists, six rebounds
Knicks: Allonzo Trier - 22 points, four rebounds, three assists