Toronto hosts New York in conference showdown

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New York Knicks (12-13, 11th in Eastern Conference) vs Toronto Raptors (11-14, 12th in Eastern Conference)

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

Bottom line: Fred VanVleet and the Toronto Raptors host Julius Randall and the New York Knicks.

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The Raptors are 9-8 against Eastern Conference opponents. Toronto is ninth in rebounding in the Eastern Conference with 44.5 rebounds. Precious Achiuwa speeds up the Raptors with 8.2 boards.

The Knicks are 3-2 in Division games. New York has a 4-6 record in games decided by 10 or more points.

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The teams will meet for the second time this season. The Raptors won the last meeting on November 1. Ozzy Anunobi scored 36 points to help lead the Raptors to victory.

Top Performer: VanVleet averages 19.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 1.5 steals for the Raptors. Pascal Siakam averages 20.3 points in the last 10 matches for Toronto.

Randall averages 19.8 points, 9.8 rebounds and 5.2 assists for nicks. Alec Burks averages 16.2 points and 1.7 steals in his last 10 appearances for New York.

Last 10 games: Raptors: 4-6, averaging 103.4 points, 43.8 rebounds, 21.6 assists, 7.4 steals and 5.0 blocks per game while shooting 42.9% from the field. Their opponents average 105.4 points per game.

Knicks: 4-6, averaging 105.8 points, 44.3 rebounds, 20.5 assists, 6.9 steals and 5.2 blocks per game while shooting 43.8% from the field. His opponents average 109.1 points.

Injuries: Raptors: Precious Achiuwa: out (shoulder), Khem Birch: out (knee), Goran Dragic: out (individual), Ozzy Anunobi: out (hip).

Nix: None listed.

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The Associated Press produced this story using technology provided by DataScrew and data from Sportradar.

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