Will Julius Randle Play Tonight? Knicks vs Raptors: Predictions, Injury Report & Lineups

Published 04/24/2021, 5:00 AM EDT
Apr 11, 2021; New York, New York, USA; Julius Randle #30 of the New York Knicks is guarded by Kyle Lowry #7 of the Toronto Raptors during their game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Rich Schultz/POOL PHOTOS-USA TODAY Sports

The most in-form team of the NBA, the New York Knicks, will host Toronto Raptors in this early afternoon NBA clash. While the Knicks’ sizzling form means that they lie best of the rest below the big three of Bucks, Nets, and Sixers; their Atlantic Division rivals are scrambling to make the play-in tournament as the place at 12th in the Eastern Conference Table.


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Date & Time: April 24, 2021, 12 noon ET

Venue: Madison Square Garden, New York


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Record: Knicks (33-27) vs Raptors (25,34)

Feb 7, 2021; New York, New York, USA; Head coach Tom Thibodeau of the New York Knicks speaks with Julius Randle #30 during the game against the Miami Heat at Madison Square Garden on February 07, 2021 in New York City. Mandatory Credit: Mike Stobe/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

Preview | New York Knicks

Accustomed to losing streaks in the past few seasons, the Knicks have embarked on an eight-game winning run. It is because they have been potent on the offensive end of the floor, adding it to their defensive toughness.

Julius Randle, in particular, has upped his game. In the last 10 games, he is averaging 23.9 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 6.1 assists per game. In their 137-127 overtime win over the Hawks a fortnight ago, he scored 40 points. And thankfully for them, he is available to play.

As for their injury concerns, only center Mitchell Robinson is definitely ruled out with an ankle injury. On the other hand, Alec Burks remains questionable after entering the health and safety protocols bubble a few days ago.

Starting 5 for New York Knicks

Guard – Elfrid Payton

Guard – Julius Randle

Center – Nerlens Noel

Forward – Julius Randle

Forward – Reggie Bullock


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Preview | Toronto Raptors

The Raptors are on a mini-run themselves, having won their past four games, including their 114-103 win over the Nets a couple of days ago. But the major concern for them is the languid form of Pascal Siakam, who is averaging 16.9 points and 4.6 rebounds per game at a horrible 33.8% shooting in the last 10 games.

In the injury department, they are slightly worse off than the Knicks. Rodney Hood, Paul Watson, and Chris Boucher may not take part because of their respective knee ailments. Jalen Harris also remains questionable because of a hip problem.

Mar 28, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam (43) looks to pass past Portland Trail Blazers forward Derrick Jones Jr. (5) during the fourth quarter at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mary Holt-USA TODAY Sports

Starting 5 for Toronto Raptors

Guard – Kyle Lowry

Guard – Fred VanVleet


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Center – Khem Birch

Forward – OG Anunoby

Forward – Pascal Siakam


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Predictions | Knicks vs Raptors

The last time these two Atlantic Division rivals faced off on April 11, the Knicks prevailed 102-96. Seeing their positive play and form, it is a good chance that they will continue to build on their streak. While the Raptors need to come out firing if they wish to come even close to avenging their previous defeat.



Bharat Aggarwal

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.