New York Knicks (17-17) at San Antonio Spurs (24-11)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, December 28, 2017 at 8:30 pm (AT&T Center)
The Line: San Antonio Spurs -11.5 -- Over/Under: 201 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The New York Knicks and San Antonio Spurs meet Thursday in NBA action at the AT&T Center.
The New York Knicks could use a victory here to get a game above a .500 record. The New York Knicks are averaging 104 points on 46.8 percent shooting and allowing 103.6 points on 44.2 percent shooting. Kristaps Porzingis is averaging 24.6 points and 6.7 rebounds while Tim Hardaway Jr. is averaging 17.8 points and 3.3 assists. Enes Kanter is the third double-digit scorer and Courtney Lee is grabbing 3.6 rebounds. The New York Knicks are shooting 36.3 percent from beyond the arc and 79.5 percent from the free throw line. The New York Knicks are allowing 36.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.2 rebounds per game. The New York Knicks have lost three straight road games.
The San Antonio Spurs look for another victory after winning five of their last six games. The San Antonio Spurs are averaging 101.3 points on 46 percent shooting and allowing 98 points on 45.1 percent shooting. LaMarcus Aldridge is averaging 22.1 points and 8.4 rebounds while Kawhi Leonard is averaging 12.6 points and 4.2 rebounds. Rudy Gay is the third double-digit scorer and Pau Gasol is grabbing 8.2 rebounds. The San Antonio Spurs are shooting 36.4 percent from beyond the arc and 78.2 percent from the free throw line. The San Antonio Spurs are allowing 35.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.5 rebounds per game. The San Antonio Spurs have won 11 straight home games.
The Knicks are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 vs. Western Conference, 4-9 ATS in their last 13 road games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Spurs are 7-0-1 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Knicks are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in San Antonio, 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
I know the New York Knicks are struggling recently, haven't been good on the road all season and are on the end of back to back against one of the better teams in the league. However, I don't throw out double-digit chalk often. Despite the Spurs winning a lot, they don't exactly blow the doors off teams and win in blowouts. The Spurs are outscoring teams by just six points in their last five games and despite the losing lately, the Knicks are still covering some of these games. I'll take a shot with the points here.