SAN ANTONIO SPURS (26-8)
at NEW YORK KNICKS (21-10)
Tip-off: Thursday, 7:35 p.m. ET
Line: San Antonio -1, Total: 208.5
The red-hot Spurs head to Madison Square Garden on Thursday night for a shot at revenge against the struggling Knicks.
San Antonio has won seven straight games (5-2 ATS), scoring 111.7 PPG on 53.4% FG and 47.5% 3-pt FG during this ride. Meanwhile, New York has lost three of its past four contests (SU and ATS), with only 99.5 PPG on 45.1% FG (33.9% threes). The last time the teams met on Nov. 15, the Knicks came out on top 104-100 after a late fourth quarter surge.
Can the red-hot Spurs win for the eighth straight game? For the answer, connect to NBA Best Bets for all the Expert picks throughout the entire 2012-13 season. The experts have posted a stellar 20-10-1 ATS (67%) mark in the past five days and are 40-22-1 ATS (65%) since Dec. 22. StatFox Brian is 13-4 ATS (77%) during this span, while StatFox Dave is 10-6 ATS (63%) over the same timeframe. Scott has the best record for the entire season at 56.3% ATS (45-35), with Brian (55.4% ATS) and StatFox Gary (54.3% ATS) not far behind. The four experts are collectively 53.3% ATS (195-171-11) on Best Bets for the season. For NBA Totals, the experts are an amazing 22-5 (82%) in the past six days with Brian going a perfect 8-0, Gary posting a 9-3 mark and Scott going 5-2. Scott continues to have a huge year at 48-30 (62%) for his season totals.
On Wednesday night, the Spurs beat the Bucks 117-110 in a game that wasn't as close as the final score indicated. Tim Duncan had a monster performance, with 28 points, 13 rebounds, six assists and three blocks. He is averaging 21.2 PPG (57% FG), 7.6 RPG and 2.4 BPG in his past five games. PG Tony Parker has also been magnificent for the Spurs lately, as he is averaging 21.6 PPG (55% FG) and 8.6 APG in that same stretch. SG Manu Ginobili has struggled at times this season, but he’s starting to get himself together. He chipped in 16 points and six assists in the win over the Bucks, giving him 16.2 PPG (54% FG, 55% threes) and 4.4 APG in the past five contests. The Spurs’ depth has been phenomenal lately (11 players with 4+ points vs. Milwaukee) and it has been a key to their recent dominance.
The Knicks are trying to snap a two-game losing streak Thursday night and their recent play has been uninspiring. PF Amar’e Stoudemire (knee) made his season debut against the Blazers on Tuesday night, but he looked very rusty in his 17 minutes, scoring six points (3-of-8 FG) with just one rebound. SF Carmelo Anthony has continued to play incredible basketball, as he scored 45 points on 14-of-24 shooting. He also added seven rebounds and four assists. The Knicks struggled to shoot the ball (42.9% FG, 27.0% threes) and got 0 points combined out of SF Steve Novak (0-for-5 FG, 0-for-4 threes) and PG Jason Kidd (0-for-5 FG, 0-for-4 threes), two of their best three-point shooters. SG J.R. Smith continues to make a case for himself as the Sixth man of the Year with 25+ points in each of the Knicks’ past four games (27.0 PPG).