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Knicks' Drama Leading to Failure on the Hardwood

The NBA seems to be perpetually spiraling into the territory of professional wrestling. This season has felt a lot like a soap opera with Durant vs Westbrook, LeBron Blames and now Phil Jackson dominating the headlines because of things that are barely related to basketball. Well, the Knicks have now lost four straight games and will host the Spurs this afternoon in a game New York opened as the 7.5-point underdog – maybe Charles Oakley has a point.

SHARK BITES
  • The Spurs are 19-4 SU against teams from the Eastern Conference this season.
  • The Knicks are 0-6 SU and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games that have gone OVER.
  • The total has gone OVER in 7 of the Knicks’ last 8 games.

Pretty much a no-brainer here. The Spurs are one of the best road teams in the association with 22 wins away from San Antonio and will be going up against a team that’s bursting at its virtual seams. SA has the advantage in just about every statistical category and with much of the Knicks’ players’ attention drawn to off-court issues, I don’t think they have a chance to rally for a win against one of the two best teams in the NBA.

An issue for bettors tonight, as is often the case, is the potential that Greg Popovich rests his big players. The Spurs’ head coach has put his faith in the bench guys several times this season and with a bigger game on the horizon against the Pacers tomorrow, it’s likely Pop rolls the B-team in the first half of their back-to-back.

If you get word of lineups before oddsmakers can adjust the spread, it could be fruitful to take the Knicks on the points as they’re line had reached +9.5 at most books at the time this was written.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as TopBet had the New York Knicks installed as 7.5-point underdogs in this particular NBA matchup. The over-under betting line for the total number of point scored was listed by most sportsbooks, including Bovada, at 215.5.

Odds Shark computer prediction formulas pick a 112-96 win for the Spurs on Sunday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

San Antonio Spurs vs New York Knicks Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The New York Knicks currently sport a record of 22-33, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 29-26 ATS. The San Antonio Spurs are 41-12 and 30-22-1 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Knicks post a 30-24-1 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Spurs have gone 31-22 against the total number of points scored. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and New York vs San Antonio injuries news.

According to the betting Power Rankings at Odds Shark, it's the No. 17-rated New York Knicks and the No. 2-rated Spurs in this NBA basketball matchup.

Statistical Matchup

When it comes to rebounds, the visiting San Antonio Spurs rank No. 17 in the league with 43.51 per game. That compares with New York's No. 4 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where New York is the NBA's No. 17-ranked team at 9.24 per game, while the San Antonio Spurs rate No. 20 with 9.13 per contest.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Kawhi Leonard went off for 32 points and added 6 rebounds leading San Antonio to a 103-92 win over Detroit on Friday at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

Carmelo Anthony was dynamite, scoring 33 points and adding 6 rebounds but Denver still won, 131-123, over New York on Friday at Madison Square Garden.

Betting Trends
  • San Antonio is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 15 of San Antonio's last 23 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of San Antonio's last 6 games
  • San Antonio is 19-6 SU in its last 25 games on the road
  • New York is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
  • New York is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 7 of New York's last 8 games
  • New York is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

San Antonio at Indiana, Monday, February 13th
New York at Oklahoma City, Wednesday, February 15th

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