Inside the Matchup breaks down every advantage that could lead to a #DubKnicks victory.
Westchester has a tall task in front of it as the team travels to the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario to take on the Raptors 905. The Raptors have compiled one of the best records in the D-League at 24-9. The Knicks are 1-2 when facing them this season. Both teams recently clashed at the Westchester County Center on February 27th. In that game, the Knicks fell 111-99 and seemed to struggle with its opponent’s tempo. To be successful this time around, Westchester will have to amp up its defensive pressure to create turnovers and stop the Raptors from getting in sync. Courtney Fells has excelled at creating turnovers, averaging 2.1 steals per game, good for seventh in the league. If Fells can set the tone early, his team could very will follow suit.
John Jenkins was not with Westchester the last time they faced off against the Raptors. His presence in the lineup should give the Knicks plenty of added confidence. Jenkins has led Westchester in scoring during his first three appearances with the team, averaging 22.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 2.3 assists. He should allow the Knicks to play more freely, and without the fear of having to play from behind. Normally, the speed of the Raptors makes trying to reclaim a lead extremely difficult, which is the position Westchester found themselves in the last time they faced this opponent. Now, with Jenkins, more Raptors defenders will be occupied because of his offensive versatility. This dynamic should create more opportunities for the other players in the Knicks lineup.
Be on the lookout for these keys to the game when Westchester takes on the Raptors 905 tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario. Tune it to MSG 2 or watch via Facebook Live!