Golden State Warriors vs New York Knicks 12/14/21: Starting Lineups, Matchup Preview, Betting Odds, Live Stream
Golden State Warriors vs. New York Knicks Matchup Preview (12/14/21)
Madison Square Garden should be jam-packed with fans when the New York Knicks host the Golden State Warriors for this Tuesday matchup. Despite Steph Curry not being ruled out for a rest game tonight against the Indiana Pacers, there is still a distinct possibility that he may not have broken the three-point record by the time that he steps into “The Garden.” The Warriors will be better positioned if he has already broken the record, as there will not be near as much of a focus or general angst around it. An offense can be slightly affected by an all-time great player being close to a massive moment like this. The Knicks will be simultaneously trying to end a rough patch in the season that has seen them lose six of their past seven games. It seems that taking Kemba Walker out of the lineup has not exactly solved their issues. The only way that New York can get back to winning games is if it adopted a defensive-centric culture similar to the team last season. If the Knicks continue to ignore that end of the floor, then there is little chance they can make the playoffs and, of course, an even smaller chance of winning this basketball game against the best offense in the NBA.
Golden State Warriors vs. New York Knicks Betting Odds
Golden State just took a tough loss against the Philadelphia 76ers on the road at the Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers played the best game since all of their starters, short of Ben Simmons, returned to the starting lineup. Philly has had many injuries and players who were forced into the health and safety protocol throughout the beginning of this season; however, it should be regaining that chemistry it had before. The Knicks are not proving to anyone that they can turn their season around like Philadelphia, and I certainly don’t anticipate that it will happen against this Warriors team. They have dropped three straight and six of their past seven games. Golden State should cover with comfort, and Curry securing the three-point record will completely reopen its elite offense. Nobody can convince me that with that record looming, it does not negatively impact the Warriors’ offense. Slam the Warriors ATS as long as it is at a reasonable number.
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Time: 7:30 PM ET
Arena: Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
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Golden State Warriors Starting Lineup
Golden State Warriors Analysis
Steph keeps inching closer and closer to the all-time three-point record, and he very well might get it in this game if he does not get it against the Indiana Pacers on Monday night. Either way, the Warriors’ offense should explode once he secures that record. Regardless of anyone’s opinion on the subject, it can be stressful for a team when a player is so close to an incredible milestone like this: players hesitate instead of taking shots they usually would and wonder whether they should make the extra pass or not. Once that is out of the way, the Warriors should blow out the Knicks. The return of Klay Thompson is also super close, and that should have everyone in that organization incredibly excited. My feeling is that the morale is very high in San Francisco.
New York Knicks Starting Lineup
New York Knicks Analysis
What worked so well for the Knicks last season has been the complete opposite this year. They ranked incredibly well last season in all defensive categories, including defensive efficiency, opponent points per game, and opponent eFG% (effective field goal percentage). However, the 2021-22 NBA season has been much different. They currently rank 17th in opponent points per game, a below-average 23rd in defensive efficiency, and 20th in opponent 3P% (three-point percentage). Until the Knicks fix their significant issues on the defensive end and resemble the team from last season, they will not win many games, this one included.
Golden State Warriors vs. New York Knicks Daily Fantasy Picks
Andrew Wiggins has been red-hot from behind the arc recently. In his past ten games, Wiggins has shot an astounding 53.4% from three, which he certainly was unable to do in previous years. Playing in Golden State has brought the absolute best out of Andrew Wiggins as he has become a terrific perimeter defender too. Before Golden State, many jokes were surrounding his defense, with one being that defenders shot better with him around than if they were alone. Wiggins has done everything well in these past ten games, except his free-throw shooting. Still, that is forgivable if you play DFS because his 19 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 2.2 assists during that stretch have been highly beneficial. The occasional breakout game where he is shooting the lights out definitely helps too.
Since Alec Burks has taken over Kemba Walker’s minutes in the starting lineup and rotation, he has played very well, with the only exception being his last game against the Toronto Raptors when he scored merely one point. Burks had averaged 18 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 1.5 steals in his six starts before the Raptors game. While he occasionally can struggle from the field, Burks has shot over 40% from behind the arc on the season, so altogether his efficiency sort of balances out a bit. Burks still does not carry the salary that other DFS players with similar scoring outputs have, so he should be a terrific addition to your lineup, assuming he does not have any more of those one-point performances.