New York Knicks at San Antonio Spurs Preview
The San Antonio Spurs are currently the hottest team in the NBA as they work to continue to try to rise up in the Western Conference standings before the playoffs start. Tonight, they’ll host the New York Knicks, who have been eliminated from playoff contention and won’t have much to play for.
San Antonio is 39-29 on the season and they are tied with the Utah Jazz for the sixth spot in the Western Conference. They have won their last six games and are 7-3 in their last 10. The Knicks are owners of the league’s worst record at 13-55, which puts them in prime Zion Williamson territory. They have lost their last seven games and are 2-8 in their last 10.
In their last matchup, the Spurs visited New York on February 24 as part of the Rodeo Road Trip, losing to the Knicks 118-130. New York was led by Damyean Dotson’s 27 points, while the Spurs were led across the board in the loss by DeMar DeRozan, who finished with 32 points, nine rebounds and four assists. The Spurs will be looking to exact revenge on the Knicks and split the regular season series tonight.
Time: 8:30pm ET
Arena: AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
Channel: MSG, KENS
New York Knicks Starting Lineup
The New York Knicks have not won a game since February 26, and they’ll have another challenge tonight as they are on the road against a San Antonio Spurs team that has caught fire at the right time.
The Knicks came close to ending their skid on Tuesday night against the Indiana Pacers in a 98-103 loss. Offensively, they seemed to be right with the Pacers, but they turned the ball over 19 times, which ended up coming back to haunt them.
“It’s tough, but we understand what got us there. It’s the turnovers that really got us,” Knicks coach David Fizdale said. “We just can’t afford to give so many possessions away.”
Damyean Dotson, who played very well the last time he played the Spurs, led the Knicks on Tuesday night with 18 points. Rookie Kevin Knox had 16 points, and although Emmanuel Mudiay is coming off the bench, he has found a way to contribute, as he scored 21 against Indiana.
San Antonio Spurs Starting Lineup
The San Antonio Spurs seem to have put their February struggles behind them as they continue surging towards the playoffs. The level of play on both sides of the floor has shown marked improvement, but don’t expect the Spurs to ease up thinking they have a playoff spot secured.
“This group is getting better. They’ve got a ways to go,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “We can continue to improve and hopefully that will get us in, and we can do well.”
In their sixth straight win on Tuesday night, the Spurs topped the Dallas Mavericks 112-105. Derrick White, who has really emerged as a key piece for the Spurs this season had 23 points and seven assists in the game. They were led by DeMar DeRozan, who seems to have fully kicked his slump. He finished with 33 points, and LaMarcus Aldridge added 28.
Aside from getting things done on offense, the Spurs’ defense has improved in this stretch, and that showed as they limited rookie Luka Doncic to 12 hard-fought points on Tuesday.
New York Knicks at San Antonio Spurs Betting Odds
The San Antonio Spurs are 13.5 point favorites to win their seventh straight tonight. The Spurs are 26-7 at home and 26-11 as the favorite. New York is 7-29 on the road and 10-49 as the underdog.
The over/under is 215 points and the Spurs are -1300 on the moneyline after opening at -1600.
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