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Knicks play the Raptors, aim for 4th straight win


New York Knicks (21-18, sixth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Toronto Raptors (16-22, 12th in the Eastern Conference)

Toronto; Friday, 7:30 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: New York seeks to extend its three-game win streak with a victory over Toronto.

The Raptors are 11-15 in conference play. Toronto ranks fifth in the league with 12.4 offensive rebounds per game led by Scottie Barnes averaging 2.1 offensive boards.

The Knicks are 1-4 against opponents from the Atlantic Division. New York averages 114.2 points and has outscored opponents by 2.8 points per game.

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The teams meet for the second time this season. The Raptors won 113-106 in the last matchup on Dec. 22.

TOP PERFORMERS: Pascal Siakam is averaging 25.9 points, 8.3 rebounds and 6.6 assists for the Raptors. Fred VanVleet is averaging 16.6 points and 5.2 assists over the past 10 games for Toronto.

Julius Randle is scoring 24.2 points per game with 10.0 rebounds and 3.8 assists for the Knicks. Jalen Brunson is averaging 17.2 points and 5.5 assists over the past 10 games for New York.

LAST 10 GAMES: Raptors: 3-7, averaging 110.5 points, 40.8 rebounds, 21.7 assists, 8.1 steals and 4.1 blocks per game while shooting 44.1% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 113.5 points per game.

Knicks: 5-5, averaging 113.9 points, 45.8 rebounds, 22.7 assists, 5.3 steals and 3.8 blocks per game while shooting 47.1% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 108.3 points.

INJURIES: Raptors: Otto Porter Jr.: out (toe).

Knicks: RJ Barrett: out (finger).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

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