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San Antonio Spurs vs. New York Knicks - 10/23/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
San Antonio Spurs vs. New York Knicks
Date & Time Wednesday October 23, 2019, 8:40 PM (EDT)
Location
AT&T Center
San Antonio, TX
The Line
SAS -10 O/U 216.5
TV Channel
KENS
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The New York Knicks are set to visit AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas for a cross-conference clash against the San Antonio Spurs. The New York Knicks will be looking to rebound from their 2018-2019 season as they went 17-65 which landed them at 15th in the Eastern Conference. The New York Knicks made a big addition by adding forward Julius Randle who averaged 21.4 PPG and 8.7 RPG with the New Orleans Pelicans last season. The Knicks also had one of the top picks in the NBA Draft this past offseason which they used to draft R.J. Barrett out of the Duke.

The New York Knicks were one of the worst teams in the NBA in scoring points during the 2018-2019 season as they scored an average of 104.6 PPG which ranked 28th. The New York Knicks were one of the worst teams in the NBA in keeping opponents off the scoreboard as they allowed an average of 113.8 PPG which ranked 22nd in the league.

The San Antonio Spurs will be looking to continue their success from the 2018-2019 season as they went 48-34 which landed them at 7th in the Western Conference as well as a playoff appearance. The San Antonio Spurs will return their leading scorer and rebounder from a season ago as LaMarcus Aldridge will be looking to repeat his success after averaging 21.3 PPG and 9.2 RPG. The San Antonio Spurs will look to receive back the services of PG Dejounte Murray who averaged 8.1 PPG and 5.7 APG during the 2017-2018 season.

The San Antonio Spurs were a middle of the pack team in scoring points during the 2018-2019 season as they scored an average of 111.7 PPG which ranked 18th in the NBA. The San Antonio Spurs were solid on the defensive side of the ball last season as they held opponents to an average of 110 PPG which ranked 12th in the NBA.

The San Antonio Spurs have consistently been a contender in the Western Conference, and a huge reason for that is Gregg Popovich but it usually takes a while for them to get going. The New York Knicks made a ton of moves in the offseason as they loaded their roster up with role players, and I think they will be much better than in years past. The Knicks starting lineup will look brand new from previous years as Julius Randle, R.J. Barrett, Marcus Morris, and Reggie Bullock will all be in the starting lineup which is an improvement. The Knicks should be able to keep this game close in the season opener as they have the talent to compete, and this game will come down to the final minutes.

Pick:
New York Knicks +10
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