New York Knicks at San Antonio Spurs
|Date & Time||Friday March 15, 2019, 8:30 PM (EDT)|
San Antonio, TX
The Line: San Antonio -13 -- Over/Under 216.5
The New York Knicks invade the AT&T Center to take on the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night.
The New York Knicks have been in a real funk lately as they’re currently on a seven-game losing streak after falling to the Pacers in a 103-98 road loss on Tuesday. Emmanuel Mudiay led the team in scoring with 21 points off the bench, Damyean Dotson added 18 points, Kevin Knox scored 16 points while DeAndre Jordan racked up 12 points with 16 rebounds and five assists. As a team, the Knicks shot 43 percent from the field and 13 of 28 from the 3-point line, but they just left themselves too much ground to make up as a fourth quarter rally fell short after trailing by as many as 15 points late in the third quarter. With the loss, New York fell to 13-55 overall and 7-29 on the road.
Meanwhile, the San Antonio Spurs looked dead and buried during their eight-game road trip where they lost seven games, but they’ve sprung back to life with a six-game win streak after taking down the Mavericks in a 112-105 road win on Tuesday. DeMar DeRozan led the team with 33 points and six assists, LaMarcus Aldridge added 28 points on 11 of 19 shooting while Derrick White chipped in with 23 points and seven assists. As a team, the Spurs shot 52 percent from the field and eight of 22 from the 3-point line, but they really had to battle against the slumping Mavericks right till the end despite taking an early double-digit lead. With the hard-fought win, San Antonio improved to 39-29 overall and 13-22 on the road.
Looking at the betting trends, the Knicks are 1-4 ATS in their last five against the Western Conference, 0-4 ATS in their last four games playing on two days rest and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games overall. The Spurs are 6-1 ATS in their last seven games playing on two days rest, 16-7 ATS in their last 23 home games and 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall.
Head to head, the over is 6-0-1 in the last seven meetings in San Antonio and the over is 7-3-1 in the last 11 meetings overall.
These teams have only met once so far this season and it resulted in an upset as the Knicks beat the Spurs by 130-118 back on Feb 24. The Spurs have since been on a tear while the Knicks have remained near the bottom of the standings, so I’m expecting a different result in this one. The Spurs are 16-7 ATS in their last 23 home games and they will be eager to atone for their mistakes in the last meeting, so I’m backing the Spurs to get the win and cover in a blowout here.