The New York Knicks will be looking for their second ATS win of the season over the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday as those teams hit the hardwood at Madison Square Garden in NBA betting action.
The Knicks knocked off the Spurs 104-100 in San Antonio as a 5.5-point road underdog back on November 15 in an easy OVER result for totals bettors. The Spurs are 3-2 SU and 2-2-1 ATS over their past five games against the Knicks.
New York will face the 26-8 Spurs, who own a 21-12-1 ATS mark on the season. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). In totals betting, the Knicks are 17-12-2 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Spurs are 18-16 favoring the OVER.
Bettors looking to back the visiting Spurs before tip-off in this one found them as 2-point underdogs earlier at , while the total was sitting at 206 at TopBet.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new Power Rankings at Odds Shark, it's the No. 17-rated Knicks and the No. 3-rated Spurs in this matchup. Predictive computer formulas point to a 110-106 win for the Spurs on Thursday.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits New York's No. 6-ranked offense, averaging 102.2 PPG, against a Spurs defense that ranks No. 13 at 96.9 PPG. The Knicks field goal percentage has averaged 44.9% so far, less than the Spurs shooters have achieved on the year, 48.8% per game.
Defensively, the Spurs feature the league's No. 18-rated defense on the road, giving up 100.4 points per game. New York, meanwhile, comes in at No. 7 in the league in scoring at home.
San Antonio won its last outing, a 117-110 result against the Bucks on January 2. The Spurs covered in that game as a 5.5-point favorite, while the 227 combined points took the game OVER the total. Tim Duncan scored 28 points and chipped in with 13 rebounds for San Antonio on Wednesday, leading the Spurs to a 117-110 victory over Milwaukee at Bradley Center.
New York was a 105-100 loser in its last match at home against the Trail Blazers. They failed to cover the 9.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 205 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. The Knicks got a terrific 45-point performance from Carmelo Anthony but Portland handed them a 105-100 defeat on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden.
San Antonio Spurs Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
Before playing Philadelphia are 9-1
After playing Milwaukee are 10-0
After a win are 8-2
New York Knicks Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Orlando are 4-6
After playing Portland are 3-7
After a loss are 8-2
A few Spurs at Knicks trends to consider:
San Antonio is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of San Antonio's last 6 games when playing on the road against New York
San Antonio is 11-3 SU in its last 14 games when playing New York
The total has gone OVER in 10 of San Antonio's last 14 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of New York's last 6 games when playing at home against San Antonio
New York is 13-3 SU in its last 16 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 8 of New York's last 11 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of New York's last 6 games
San Antonio home to Philadelphia, Saturday, January 5
New York at Orlando, Saturday, January 5