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VanVleet, Raptors host the Knicks

January 1, 2022 GMT

New York Knicks (17-18, 10th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Toronto Raptors (14-17, 11th in the Eastern Conference)

Toronto; Sunday, 3:30 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Julius Randle and the New York Knicks take on Fred VanVleet and the Toronto Raptors on Sunday.

The Raptors have gone 10-11 against Eastern Conference opponents. Toronto ranks eighth in the Eastern Conference in rebounding with 44.4 rebounds. Scottie Barnes leads the Raptors with 8.3 boards.

The Knicks are 3-4 against the rest of their division. New York has a 7-9 record against teams above .500.

The teams meet for the third time this season. The Raptors won 90-87 in the last matchup on Dec. 11. Gary Trent Jr. led the Raptors with 24 points, and Obi Toppin led the Knicks with 19 points.

TOP PERFORMERS: VanVleet is scoring 19.4 points per game and averaging 4.9 rebounds for the Raptors. Pascal Siakam is averaging 22.6 points and 9.5 rebounds over the last 10 games for Toronto.

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Randle is averaging 19.3 points, 10 rebounds and five assists for the Knicks. Alec Burks is averaging 13.9 points over the last 10 games for New York.

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 while shooting 44.4% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 107.8 points per game.

Knicks: 5-5, averaging 100.9 points, 45.0 rebounds, 20.6 assists, 6.9 steals and 4.6 blocks per game while shooting 42.1% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 100.4 points.

INJURIES: Raptors: Scottie Barnes: out (knee), D.J. 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).

Knicks: 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 (health protocols), Nerlens Noel: out (health and safety protocols), Kemba Walker: out (knee), Derrick Rose: out (ankle).

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