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Friday Night Hoops: Knicks @ Spurs Prediction

Overview

The Eastern Conference will take on the Western Conference on Friday night when the New York Knicks take on the San Antonio Spurs. The Knicks come into the game as losers of four straight games and six of their last ten overall. San Antonio will look to improve on their seven game winning streak and they have won eight of their last ten overall. This game will take place Friday January 21st, 2011 at 8:00pm EST at the AT+T Center. These two teams played just under three weeks ago when the Knicks picked up a 128-115 win over the Spurs. These two teams will not play again this season, unless they meet in the NBA Finals.

San Antonio Spurs (-8.5)

The San Antonio Spurs have the best record in all of the National Basketball Association. San Antonio, as they are 30 games above .500, hold a 8.5 game lead on second place Dallas, and 9.5 on the New Orleans Hornets. The Spurs picked up a 104-95 win on Wednesday over the Toronto Raptors. The Spurs leading scorer has been shooting guard Manu Ginobili. Ginobili is scoring 19 points per game, while Tim Duncan is ripping down just shy of 10 rebounds per game. The Spurs rank in the Top 10 in points scored, rebounds per game and assists per game. San Antonio is scoring 104.7 points per game, grabbing 43.3 rebounds per game and dishing out 23.2 assists per game. The Spurs are looking to improve upon their 50-32 record last season.

New York Knicks (+8.5)

The New York Knicks are going to make the postseason out of the Eastern Conference. Of course that is barring a second half collapse from New York. The Knicks are 22-19 overall, and second place in the Atlantic Division. New York trails the Boston Celtics by 10 games. In the Eastern Conference, Miami, Boston, Atlanta, Orlando and Chicago are all ahead of the Knicks. New York has now lost four straight games, including a 104-89 loss in Houston. The Knicks leading scorer has been big man Amare Stoudemire. The former Suns star is scoring 26.4 points per game. The Knicks are second in the NBA in scoring; picking up 107.1 points per game. The major flaw for the Knicks has been their defense, which is allowing 106.6 points per game. That ranks as the third worst in the NBA.

Conclusion

This should be a great game featuring two of the best big man from both conference. Amare Stoudemire and Tim Duncan have had tons of showdowns when Stoudemire was with the Suns. Look for those two teams to be as good as normal, but this game will come down to the surrounding core of both teams. The Spurs have a better overall team, which shows in the overall standings. Look for the Spurs to win this game. But, in saying that, we look for this game to be close – which means the New York Knicks will cover the +8.5 spread. We are taking the New York Knicks +8.5 on Friday night on the road in San Antonio.

New York
  • Knicks are 12-3 ATS in their last 15 games as a road underdog.
  • Knicks are 11-3 ATS in their last 14 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
  • Knicks are 13-4 ATS in their last 17 road games.
  • Knicks are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record.
  • Knicks are 12-4 ATS in their last 16 vs. Western Conference.
  • Knicks are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games as a road underdog of 5.0-10.5.
  • Knicks are 15-6 ATS in their last 21 games following a SU loss of more than 10 points.
  • Knicks are 20-8-1 ATS in their last 29 games as an underdog.
  • Knicks are 21-10 ATS in their last 31 games overall.
  • Knicks are 35-17 ATS in their last 52 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
  • Knicks are 41-20-1 ATS in their last 62 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
  • Knicks are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest.
  • Knicks are 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 vs. NBA Southwest.
  • Knicks are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a S.U. loss.
San Antonio
  • Spurs are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record.
  • Spurs are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite.
  • Spurs are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. win.
  • Spurs are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
  • Spurs are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games as a home favorite of 5.0-10.5.
  • Spurs are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest.
  • Spurs are 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
  • Spurs are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games.
  • Spurs are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games as a home favorite.
  • Spurs are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.

OU Trends

New York
  • Under is 4-0 in Knicks last 4 games playing on 1 days rest.
  • Under is 5-0 in Knicks last 5 Friday games.
  • Under is 5-0 in Knicks last 5 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
  • Over is 6-1 in Knicks last 7 games following a SU loss of more than 10 points.
  • Under is 4-1 in Knicks last 5 road games.
  • Under is 4-1 in Knicks last 5 games following a S.U. loss.
  • Under is 4-1 in Knicks last 5 games as a road underdog.
  • Under is 4-1 in Knicks last 5 games as an underdog.
  • Over is 3-1-1 in Knicks last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
  • Under is 6-2-1 in Knicks last 9 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
  • Over is 3-1-1 in Knicks last 5 games as an underdog of 5.0-10.5.
  • Under is 5-2 in Knicks last 7 overall.
  • Under is 5-2 in Knicks last 7 vs. Western Conference.
  • Over is 7-3 in Knicks last 10 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
  • Over is 7-3 in Knicks last 10 vs. a team with a winning S.U. record.
San Antonio
  • Under is 6-0 in Spurs last 6 games playing on 1 days rest.
  • Under is 4-0 in Spurs last 4 games as a favorite of 5.0-10.5.
  • Under is 7-0 in Spurs last 7 overall.
  • Under is 6-0 in Spurs last 6 games following a S.U. win.
  • Under is 4-0 in Spurs last 4 games as a home favorite of 5.0-10.5.
  • Under is 4-0 in Spurs last 4 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
  • Under is 13-3 in Spurs last 16 games as a home favorite.
  • Under is 13-3 in Spurs last 16 home games.
  • Under is 4-1 in Spurs last 5 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
  • Under is 17-5 in Spurs last 22 games as a favorite.
  • Under is 6-2 in Spurs last 8 Friday games.
  • Under is 9-4 in Spurs last 13 vs. NBA Atlantic.

Head to Head

  • Home team is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
  • Under is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in San Antonio.
  • Knicks are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings in San Antonio.

Match Date - Friday, January 21, 2011

Pick: New York Knicks +8.5

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