New York Knicks vs. San Antonio Spurs - 11/10/13
San Antonio Spurs (5-1) at New York Knicks (2-3)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, November 10, 2013 at 12:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: New York Knicks +2.5 -- Over/Under: 195.5 See the Latest Odds
Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks play host to the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday from Madison Square Garden
Head to head, the Spurs are 1-3-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in New York while the home team is 4-1-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the underdog is 3-1-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The Knicks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference, but just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. win. The Spurs on the other hand are 36-15-2 ATS in their last 53 vs. Eastern Conference and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record, but just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Although Tyson Chandler's absence is a big blow to the New York Knicks, they will get a boost tonight from the return of J.R Smith who was suspended for the first five games of the season for violating the league's anti-drug program. His return should help a Knicks squad that hasn't started the season all that well, dropping three of their first five games, although they are coming off a win on Friday night as they defeated the Charlotte Bobcats 101-91 away from home. Without their second-leading scorer in Smith, New York has struggled on the offensive end as they are averaging just 93.8 points per game, but they are also allowing just 93.4 per game, which ranks in the top five in the league.
Meanwhile, the San Antonio Spurs have started the season winning five of a possible six games after their hard-fought 76-74 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Friday night. In what was one of the lowest scoring games of the season, it was Tony Parker who came through in the clutch scoring the last seven points for the Spurs as they held off a late rally from the Warriors. Parker finished with a team-high 18 points on 7-14 shooting while Kawhi Leonard was the only other Spurs player to finish in double figures with 13 points on 6-8 field goals.
Having Smith back certainly helps the Knicks and if Andrea Bargnani can play like he did against Charlotte (25 points, eight rebounds and five blocks) then New York is a red hot chance in this one. Having said that, their two wins this season have come against Milwaukee and Charlotte, two bottom feeders. With Chandler out, I could see Duncan having a big one here and Parker should be able to get into the lane wherever he pleases. I could see the Knicks winning this outright, but I just know what I'm getting from the Spurs, as opposed to New York...
Dan's Pick: San Antonio -2.5
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