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Friday, March 28th (All times eastern)

New York Knicks (20-51) at Toronto Raptors (36-35), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Toronto Raptors will continue a four-game homestand tonight, when they welcome the New York Knicks to the Air Canada Centre.

The Raptors are 1-1 so far on the homestand and improved to 21-14 as the host this season following Wednesday's 89-82 victory over the Detroit Pistons. Chris Bosh scored 21 points and T.J. Ford had 13 points and nine assists in his return to the starting lineup for the Raptors, who won for just the third time in their last 10 games. Ford was injured on December 11th and missed the next 24 games before returning February 4th at Miami.

Rasho Nesterovic finished with 15 points and nine rebounds for No. 7 Toronto, which is a half-game behind the sixth-seeded Sixers in the Eastern Conference. The Raptors will host the New Orleans Hornets on Sunday up north.

In injury news for the Raptors, center Primoz Brezec (groin) is expected to miss Friday's game against New York.

The Knicks will open a five-game road trip this evening against Toronto, Atlanta, Milwaukee, Memphis and New Orleans, and are 7-27 away from the Big Apple this season.

New York ended a five-game losing streak with Wednesday's 103-96 overtime victory versus the Miami Heat at Madison Square Garden. Jamal Crawford scored 24 points and Zach Randolph added 16 points and 14 rebounds for the Knicks, who won for just the second time in 14 games.

Knicks guard Nate Robinson is questionable for Friday's game because of a sprained right knee.

Friday's game between New York and Toronto is the fourth and final meeting of the season. The Raptors are 2-1 so far in the season series and have won six of eight and 10 of the last 13 meetings.

New York has lost seven in a row and nine of its last 10 contests on the road in this series.

03/28 10:28:57 ET

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