New York Knicks (@4.2) vs San Antonio Spurs (@1.25)
20-08-2019

Our Prediction:

San Antonio Spurs will win

New York Knicks – San Antonio Spurs Match Prediction | 20-08-2019

His FG percentage is 36% and his free throw percentage is at 73%. He hauls in 4.3 rebounds per contest and has 0.9 assists per game on the season. His field goal percentage is 44% and his free throw percentage is 64%. Kevin Knox scores 12.6 points per contest while playing 28.4 minutes per game. Dennis Smith averages 13.5 points per game this year and he sees the court an average of 28.7 minutes per game. He also brings in 2.9 rebounds per game and has 4.7 assists per contest.

The Knicks are 22nd in turnovers per contest with 13.8. They are 30th in the league in shooting at 43%, while their average scoring margin is -8.73. They rank 25th with 25.6 dimes allowed per game and 29th with 47.9 boards surrendered per contest. Their defense surrenders a 47% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the 3-point line, ranking them 23rd and 19th in those defensive statistics. New York is 26th in the NBA with 105.3 points per contest this season. The Knicks are 16th in the league in forcing turnovers with 14.0 per contest this year. They are 22nd in the NBA in rebounding with 44.4 boards per contest and 30th in assists per game with 19.8. They shoot 34% from beyond the arc, which is good for 29th in the league. The Knicks give up 114.0 points per game, which ranks them 25th in the league.

DeMar DeRozan comes into this game averaging 21.4 points per contest while playing 35.3 minutes per night this year. LaMarcus Aldridge averages 20.7 points per contest in 32.7 minutes per game. His FG percentage is 46% while his free throw percentage is 83%. His field goal percentage is 51% for the season while his free throw percentage is 85%. He averages 2.6 assists per game and 9.0 rebounds per contest. He grabs 6.1 rebounds per contest and distributes 6.2 assists per game.

What's true is that Fizdale still sees something in Mudiay, but it is still a question whether or not he should be taking opportunity away from Smith. It is not to say that Mudiay is a bad player, but Smith's ability to create for himself and others is superior to Mudiay. Mudiay is the superior defender, but on a team that is losing for a better draft pick you'd expect more investment in their future asset regardless of result.

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The team is 2-* ATS in its last 10 matches and 8 out of its last 9 contests went under the totals. New York is is at the bottom of the Eastern Conference with an 11-48 win/loss count and presently is the 29th team in the NBA League rankings. The Knicks have 44.4 boards, 19.8 assists, 4.7 blocks,and 7.3 steals per game. New York is rebuilding its team with 105.3 ppg at 43.0% from the field while allowing other teams to stash in 114.0 ppg. SF Kevin Knox wipes the NY score sheets with 12.6 ppg, 36.4% shooting from the field, and 72.9% from the charity stripe.

They are 22nd in the NBA in pace with 98.6 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 54% is 6th. As a unit they are 5th in the league in true shooting percentage with 58% and they shoot 3-pointers on 28% of their shot attempts, ranking 30th in the NBA. The Spurs are 4th in the league in defensive rating with 112.3, and their offensive rating of 113.2 is ranked 23rd. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 53%, which is 7th in the NBA. San Antonio is 29th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 11.4 times per 100 possessions while forcing 11.2 on defense.

Derozan has had a number of highlight performances against the Knicks and there's not a match for his playmaking on New York's defensive line. He performed well in that game, but committed the key turnover that lost the Spurs the game. Expect a big match from a focused Derozan. Demar Derozan is coming off of an emotional game against his former Toronto Raptors.

New York is 23rd in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.1 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.3 on the defensive end. As a team they are 30th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 53% and they shoot 3-pointers on 33% of their shots, ranking 22nd in the league. In terms of pace they are 15th in the league with 99.9 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 49% is 30th. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 54%, which is 5th in the league. The Knicks are 27th in the NBA in offensive rating with 104.6, and their defensive rating of 113.3 is ranked 26th.

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They force 12.5 turnovers per game which ranks them 1st in the NBA. They average 44.1 boards per contest and 24.8 assists per game, which ranks them 23rd and 14th in those offensive categories. San Antonio averages 112.4 points per contest, which is 13th in the league. In the turnover department they are 30th with 12.5 per game. The Spurs allow 111.5 points per contest, which is 16th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 0.9 and their shooting percentage is 48% as a unit, which has them ranked 3rd. From 3-point territory they shoot 41%, which is good for 1st in the NBA. Opponents average 43.8 rebounds a game which ranks 7th, and they allow 25.3 assists per game which puts them in 22nd place in the league. They also surrender a 47% shooting percentage and a 36% average from 3-point range, ranking them 24th and 24th in defensive field goal percentage.

The San Antonio Spurs have been in a real slump as theyve lost five of their first six games on their annual rodeo trip and they will be looking to bounce back after falling to the Raptors in a 120-107 road loss on Friday. DeMar DeRozan led the way with 23 points and eight assists against his former team, Marco Belinelli added 21 points off the bench while Davis Bertans and Patty Mills scored 16 and 15 points respectively. As a team, the Spurs shot 48 percent from the field and 12 of 37 from the 3-point line as they hung with the Raptors in a close contest, but in the end it was the Raptors Kawhi Leonard who came through with the go-ahead basket at the clutch. With the tough loss, San Antonio fell to 33-27 overall and 11-20 on the road.

New York Knicks vs San Antonio Spurs. San Antonio covered the numbers at 16 of the last 23 matches and is predicted to take over this game at a score of 119-113. The NBA Pick for this match is San Antonio Spurs -12.5. New York PG Frank Ntilikina is out nursing his groin injury. Spurs PG Dejounte Murray is out for the season with a shoulder injury.

The sophomore can be streaky, but he's put together three impressive games as of late and a test against the Spurs defence will be great for his young career. More notably, Dotson dominated the first quarter and from range as he shot 5-9 from three. In a recent game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Dotson posted 20 points, 3 assists, and 3 rebounds in 33 minutes of play.