Check out our free Spurs vs Knicks pick and preview for this NBA game in New York. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this NBA matchup.
Spurs vs Knicks NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: San Antonio Spurs at New York Knicks
- Where: New York at Madison Square Garden
- Date: Wednesday, January 4th
- Betting Odds NY -8.5, SA +327 | NY -417 O/U 227.5
The Spurs come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 12-25. So far, the team has gone 16-21-0 against the spread. Against the Knicks, the Spurs are looking to break out of a 2 game losing streak. They have lost these games by an average of -18.5 points.
Not only did the Spurs drop their last game to the Nets. But they also picked up an ATS loss, as they fell by a score of 139-103 as 12 point underdogs. In the defeat, San Antonio did not outscore the Nets in a single quarter. In the loss, Keldon Johnson led the team in scoring with 22 points on a field goal percentage of 53.8%.
The Knicks come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 20-18. So far, the team has gone 20-17-1 against the spread. New York comes into the game having rattled off 2 straight wins. In these victories, the team has an average scoring margin of 19.5 points per game
The Knicks will look to keep things rolling, as they previously beat the Suns by a score of 102-83. Heading into the game, they were 2 point favorites against the spread, giving them an ATS win. New York was able to take care of business in the second half of this game, as they didn’t allow the Suns to cut into their 23 point halftime lead. Leading the team in scoring was Julius Randle, as he contributed 28 points while hitting 38.9% of his shots.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
I Last year, the Spurs saw a drop in overall scoring when playing the Knicks, averaging 102.5 points per game. As for San Antonio, they actually improved their points per game numbers in head-to-head matchups, averaging 116.0 points per contest against the Knicks. Spanning across the last 5 head-to-head matchups, the Spurs and Knicks have been competitive, with an average margin of victory sitting at just 0 points per game. This has resulted in a 3-2 ATS record for San Antonio. The over-under record in these same games is 3-2, with the teams combining for an average of 216 points per game.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
The Spurs come into today’s game as the 24th ranked scoring offense at 111.6 points per game. Coming into today’s game, the Spurs will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 11.1 made 3’s per game. If the San Antonio offense is going to turn things around, not only do they need to improve their outside shooting but they must do a better job protecting the ball. Currently, they are averaging 15.6 turnovers per game.
Defensively, San Antonio has had its problems giving up an average of 113.04 points per game (23rd).
Before getting a bet down on this matchup, be sure to check in on the health status of Devin Vassell who is 2nd on the team in scoring at 19.4 points per game. At the time of this article, Vassell is listed as questionable. For the season, he is 2nd on the team in usage rate and is 88th in the NBA in player efficiency rating. If he is able to play, San Antonio benefit from having both of their top scorers as Keldon Johnson leads the team and is 36th in the league in scoring (21.5). For today’s matchup, he will going against a defense ranked 11th in points allowed to small-forwards.
For the season, the Knicks offensive unit is ranked just 16th in scoring at 114.1 points per contest. So far, the Knicks are averaging 98.5 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. Not only is the team one of the more deliberate units in the NBA, they have yet to find their shooting stroke, ranking just 24th in the league in field goal percentage 45.7%.
Defensively, the Knicks are one of the top performing units in the league, giving up 106.6 points per contest (6th).
Power-Foward Julius Randle currently leads the Knicks at 24.2 points per game. For the season, he is 38th in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 19.1% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Randle is averaging 9.9 boards and 3.8 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 8th ranked defense at defending power-fowards. Jalen Brunson enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 35 games, he is averaging 20.3 and is 65th in the league in player efficiency rating.
Spurs vs Knicks Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Knicks -8.5
- Free Total Prediction: Over 227.5
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