New York Knicks vs. Golden State Warriors - 2/28/14
Golden State Warriors (35-23) at New York Knicks (21-36)
NBA Basketball: Friday, February 28, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: New York Knicks +5 -- Over/Under: 201.5 See the Latest Odds
Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors travel to the Big Apple on Friday night to face the slumping New York Knicks.
Head to head, the Warriors are 7-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings in New York while the underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The Knicks are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a winning road record and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600. The Warriors on the other hand are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of less than .400, 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. Eastern Conference and 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
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Is it safe to say that the New York Knicks chances of making the playoffs are all but over after suffering their fourth straight loss last night in Miami? Following their 108-82 beat down against the reigning champion Heat, the Knicks fell to 21-37 overall and are currently six games behind the eighth place Atlanta Hawks in the standings. While six games doesn’t sound like much, it’s actually quite a lot when you consider there is only around 25 games left in the regular season. Not only that, but the Cleveland Cavaliers, who are actually playing some good basketball of late, and the Detroit Pistons are a head of New York in the standings, so they would have to beat out those teams as well. How the Knicks are 16 games below .500 in this Eastern Conference is just mind boggling.
The Golden State Warriors are also coming off a big loss themselves as they fell to Chicago on Wednesday night 103-83, however, the difference being is that they had won their previous four games, unlike New York. In fact, the Warriors have won five of six and they were unlucky not to make that six straight because the only loss in that stretch came against the Miami Heat when Lebron James hit the game-winning shot just before the All-Star break. Golden State has also covered the spread in five of their past seven contests.
While the Knicks have been unlucky to lose their last two home games against Dallas and Sacramento, I won’t be taking them against the Warriors tonight. I have to think that 26 point loss in South Beach last night was a real moral killer and I just don’t see them bouncing back against a rested Golden State team coming off their own blowout loss. Give me Steph Curry and the visitors here...
Dan’s Pick: Golden State -5