San Antonio Spurs (41-12 SU, 30-22-1 ATS, 31-22 O/U) vs. New York Knicks (22-33 SU, 29-26 ATS, 30-25 O/U)
NBA: Sunday, February 12, 2017, Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, 3:30 pm ET
Line: San Antonio -8; Over/Under: 213
It’s an inter-conference tilt between teams at opposite ends of the standings in their respective conferences in the Big Apple. The San Antonio Spurs will continue a road trip with a stop against the New York Knicks Sunday afternoon. San Antonio won their second straight on the road by beating the Pistons 103-92 Friday night. New York lost their fourth straight and sixth in the last seven games as they were beaten 131-123 at home by the Nuggets Friday night. San Antonio has a 49-38 advantage in the all-time regular season series between the teams. The Spurs took both matchups last season, including a 100-99 home win in the last matchup on January 8, 2016.
San Antonio Spurs Go For Third Straight Win on Road Trip
San Antonio improved to 2-1 on this lengthy road trip as they took down the Pistons in the Motor City. The Spurs led by eight after the opening quarter and took command by outscoring the Pistons 33-22 in the second quarter to take a 19 point edge. San Antonio saw Detroit trim the lead in the second half but still held a comfortable lead and picked up the win. The Spurs shot an even 50 percent from the floor and drilled 9 of 19 three point attempts in the game. San Antonio dominated the glass by a 52-35 margin and neutralized a tough Detroit frontcourt. Kawhi Leonard had 32 points, six rebounds and five assists to lead the Spurs in the win.
The Spurs are above average offensively, ranking 10th in scoring offense with 107 points per game. San Antonio comes in 16th in rebounding with 43.5 boards a contest while the team is 7th in assists with 24 dimes per game. San Antonio is 2nd in the league in scoring defense as they allow 98.7 points a game. Kawhi Leonard leads the team with 25.6 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.71 steals per contest. LaMarcus Aldridge contributes 17.4 points plus 7.3 rebounds a night while Patty Mills chips in 9.7 points plus 3.3 assists per game. Pau Gasol has stepped in and averaged 11.7 points and 7.9 rebounds in his first year with the team. Manu Ginobili, David Lee, Dewayne Dedmon, Jonathon Simmons, Tony Parker (11 points, 4.8 assists) and Danny Green all are looked at to contribute for coach Gregg Popovich’s team. The Spurs are 3rd in the league by shooting 47.8 percent from the field. San Antonio is 20th in three point field goals per game with 9.1 per contest. The Spurs are currently #1 in the league by knocking down a solid 40.8 percent of their long range attempts.
New York Knicks Continue to Flounder
New York can take solace that the Charles Oakley fallout distracted fans from another poor performance on the court. The Knicks banned Oakley from MSG and fired their security chief in the wake of the incident earlier this week. That didn’t stop New York from losing for the 20th time in their last 26 games. The Knicks led by two at the half but were outscored 36-22 in the third quarter and couldn’t recover. New York shot 55.9 percent from the field and hit 16 of 38 three point attempts in the game but was torched defensively. The Knicks allowed Denver to shoot 56.8 percent from the field and 16 of 32 from three point range in the game. Carmelo Anthony had 33 points to lead the Knicks in the loss.
The Knicks are 12th in the league in scoring as they average 106.3 points per game. New York is 4th in the league in rebounding with 46.1 boards per contest while standing 18th with 21.9 assists per game. The Knicks are 25th in scoring defense as they allow 109.4 points per game. Carmelo Anthony puts up 23.2 points plus 6.1 boards per game for the Knicks. Kristaps Porzingis averages 18.5 points and 7.1 boards a night while Derrick Rose is kicking in 17.5 points plus 4.5 assists a game. Courtney Lee (10.2 ppg), Justin Holiday, Joakim Noah, Brandon Jennings and Lance Thomas all will be looked at to contribute going forward. The Knicks are 20th in field goal percentage as they shoot 44.7 percent as a team. New York is tied for 18th with 9.2 threes per game while ranking tied for 17th in three point shooting as they hit 35.6 percent of their attempts from beyond the arc.
- Spurs are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game
- Spurs are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 vs. NBA Atlantic
- Knicks are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall
- Knicks are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 vs. Western Conference
- Knicks are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 1 day of rest
The Knicks continue to unravel by the day and like a poorly knitted sweater, it seems Jeff Hornacek will be left holding a pile of string. Facing San Antonio is no picnic for good teams, much less one that has dropped 20 of 26 since Christmas. The Spurs are quietly efficient and utilize their depth and experience to carve teams up and methodically come up with a win. That’s what happens here as they make it three straight wins on the trip with a win here.