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Raptors vs. Knicks: A chance to make our pick even better

Fresh off a victory against the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday, the Raptors look to make it two straight as they head to MSG to take on the New York Knicks. Let the conversation begin!

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The Toronto Raptors and New York Knicks have been closely linked over the last few years for a variety of reasons. This current iteration of the Raptors owes a lot of its success to the Knicks, both right now and beyond.

For starters, they mercifully ended Andrea Bargnani's Toronto tenure and gave us a 2016 first-round pick for him -- among other things -- to boot. And oh, by the way, that very pick is currently projected to be ninth overall in this upcoming draft, according to

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Also, there was a deal sending Kyle Lowry to New York in place before he went on to become a two-time All-Star, and it was so close to happening that even Lowry himself understood it to be "done" at the time and packed his bags in anticipation of a call from his agent. Good thing that didn't happen, eh?

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Well, tonight the Raptors could improve their chances of getting an even higher pick in this year's draft by helping the reeling Knicks to another loss and an even worse record. That pick could either serve as a tantalizing trade asset around draft day or become a good young player to add to this strong core.

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With about a half an hour to go before tip, here are some links to get you prepared for tonight's action:

Now, let the conversation begin!