With a friendly bet at 8.30pm, the New York Knicks will face the Toronto Raptors on Sunday in a clash between teams that sit 10th and 11th in the Western Conference.
RJ Barrett and the Knicks face Pascal Siakam and the Raptors in a clash that could have implications for the low end of Sunday’s Eastern Conference seed rush.
The Raptors hosts (15-17) went 10-11 against Eastern Conference opponents this season, but took full advantage of their key players returning from Covid protocols in their latest outing by defeating the Los Angeles Clippers 116- 108.
The Raptors will live their chances against a Knicks team that will miss its star Julius Randle, as well as Derrick Rose, Kemba Walker and Immanuel Quickley.
The Knicks (17-19) have won five of their last eight games and are looking to get back to the form that brought them to the playoffs last year.
Last time teams played:
This is the third meeting between the two teams this season. The Raptors won 90-87 in their last meeting on 11 December. Gary Trent Jr. led the Raptors with 24 points, and Obi Toppin led the Knicks with 19 points.
Raptors: Fred VanVleet scored 19.4 points per game and averaged 4.9 rebounds for the Raptors. Pascal Siakam has averaged 22.6 points and 9.5 rebounds in his last 10 games with Toronto.
Knick: Julius Randle averages 19.3 points, 10 rebounds and five assists for the Knicks, but is not available. Alec Burks has averaged 13.9 points in his last 10 games with the New York shirt.
Last 10 games:
Raptors: 6-4, averaging 109.4 points, 45.6 rebounds, 24.0 assists, 8.3 steals and 4.9 blocks per game, shooting 44.4 percent from the field. Their opponents average 107.8 points per game.
Knick: 5-5, averaging 100.9 points, 45.0 rebounds, 20.6 assists, 6.9 steals and 4.6 blocks per game, shooting 42.1 percent from the field. Their opponents are averaging 100.4 points.
Raptors: Scottie Barnes: out (knee), DJ Wilson: out (health and safety protocols), Isaac Bonga: out (health and safety protocols), Goran Dragic: out (personal), Dalano Banton: out (health and safety protocols) ), David Johnson: out (calf).
Knick: Immanuel Quickley: out (conditioning), Jericho Sims: out (health and safety protocols), Danuel House Jr .: out (finger), Julius Randle: out (health and safety protocols), Wayne Selden Jr .: out (protocols of health), Nerlens Noel: out (health and safety protocols), Kemba Walker: out (knee), Derrick Rose: out (ankle).
The live broadcast continues on Sky Sport with this clash on Sunday evening, live on the Sky Sport Calcio channel and on the Sky Sport website via a free-to-watch YouTube stream from 20.30