New York Knicks VS San Antonio Spurs: Free NBA Pick: After going crazy for a while there, the Knicks have lost 6 of their last 10 games, including a current 3-game losing streak. It makes since that things are averaging out with their average points for being less than a point more than their average points against. But they have big-time firepower. And Staudemire always beats up on Tim Duncan. The Spurs have surprised a lot of people this season, as they currently hold the best record in the business at 35-6. Only the Celtics are close to that mark, with their own 31-9 record. Manu Ginobli has moved to the starting line-up and he’s playing lights out this season. Tony Parker has also been impressive, but the Spurs continue to get big help off the bench, and they hold the best +/- in the NBA at +8 per game.
New York lost again on Wednesday, this time in a mildly embarrassing fashion to the under .500 Houston Rockets. It was in Houston, a tough place for NY to travel, but they ended up on the wrong end of a 15-point game as the Rockets slightly out-rebounded, out-shot, and turned the ball over less than the Knicks.
San Antonio won again on Wednesday, beating the Raptors by 9. That victory was their 7th in a row, and they don’t show any signs of slowing down. Against a team lacking front court beef, like Toronto (and like the Knicks I guess), Dejuan Blair had his best game of the season, grabbing 15 rebounds and scoring 22 points. The Spurs has 7 guys with 8 points or more, 5 of those guys in double figures. They continue to find success from many different players.
The Knicks won this match-up earlier in the season, and Amare’ Staudemire has always been a tough match-up for Tim Duncan and the Spurs, mostly from Amare’s days with the Suns. I think Amare and the Knicks will do what they usually do and step up to play the elite-level Spurs. 9 points is a lot in many ways – so I’ll take the underdogs in this one.
New York Knicks (+9) @ San Antonio Spurs (ESPN) (1/21)