- The Knicks visit the Spurs on Tuesday, March 2nd
- New York is currently on a three-game winning streak, while San Antonio is coming off a tough OT loss to the Brooklyn Nets
- Get our odds, preview, and best bet for this contest below
The surging New York Knicks finish up a short two-game road trip against the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday, March 2nd, tip-off 8:30pm ET.
New York continues to impress as they sit in the top five of the East, much in part to the resurgence of Julius Randle and a strong defense. The Spurs meanwhile, are also playing very well and sit in a playoff spot in the West.
This is the first meeting between these two teams after their February 20th matchup was postponed due to COVID-19 complications within San Antonio. But last season, the Spurs won both contests against the Knicks.
Knicks vs Spurs Odds
|New York Knicks||+3 (-110)||+124||TBD|
|San Antonio Spurs||-3 (-110)||-146||TBD|
Odds taken March 1 at Fanduel
Knicks Showing Out Lately
This is the first time the Knicks are above .500 at this point in the season since the end of the 2012-13 campaign when they finished 54-28. It’s been a very respectable year thus far for Tom Thibodeau’s team, currently sitting fourth in the Eastern Conference. The playoffs seem like a serious reality for the Knicks if they continue to play at such a high level.
New York has gone 7-3 in their last 10 games, while also winning three straight. Sure, NY wasn’t up against the toughest teams in the Kings, Pacers, and Pistons, but they’re firing on all cylinders on both ends of the court.
RJ in February: 47.4% from 3-point range 👀🔥 pic.twitter.com/gISEqDRLz9
— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) March 1, 2021
Julius Randle is showing out with 23.4 points and 10.9 rebounds per night, while second-year guard RJ Barrett has also taken notable strides in his game this year. Rookie Immanuel Quickley is a spark plug off the bench and a terrific shooter, while Derrick Rose’s presence has been felt since reuniting with the Knicks a few weeks back.
New York’s 109-90 victory over Detroit on Sunday was an all-around efficient performance. Thibodeau’s squad shot an impressive 51% from deep and 50% from the field, while also outscoring the Pistons 52-34 in the paint. Randle dropped a team-high 25, while collecting 17 points in the second half alone.
Although the Knicks aren’t known as one of the better offensive teams in the NBA, putting up just 105.0 points per game, they’re averaging 119.7 during their winning streak, including a 140-point performance against a dreadful Sacramento defense last Thursday.
But, New York’s outstanding defensive displays on a nightly basis is what has them in such a prime position in the East. They allow just 104 points per contest, which is the lowest in the association. With Mitchell Robinson not too far off a return, the Knicks will have another one of their main defensive figures back in the lineup.
Spurs Entering With Momentum
It might have ended up as a loss, but San Antonio’s performance against the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night was by no means a bad one. Gregg Popovich’s team were neck-and-neck with the star-studded Nets for the majority of the contest, even going on a 10-0 run late in the fourth quarter to force overtime.
Lonnie Walker and Patty Mills hit clutch threes in the fourth, while Dejounte Murray drained a jumper over James Harden to extend the contest to an extra period. Although the Spurs struggled to get stops in OT, it was a solid game for the entire unit. DeMar DeRozan had 22 points and 11 assists, while both Murray and Walker dropped 19 apiece.
Even with no Kevin Durant, Brooklyn is still a very good team. San Antonio showed real guts to hang with the Eastern Conference powerhouse, thanks to double-digit scoring nights from their entire starting five.
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) March 2, 2021
They also shot a sharp 43% from three-point range, with Walker sinking five on his own. COVID-19 ravaged through the Spurs team, missing almost two weeks of action because of it. This Knicks matchup will be just their fourth game since returning. Despite it being the second of a back-to-back, their confidence will be high after such a promising outing on Monday.
Despite the winning streak, New York enters this contest as 3-point underdogs. They’re just 6-7 against Western Conference opponents this season while going 10-7 ATS on the road. The Knicks are rolling right now, while the Spurs have won just once since getting back on the court last Wednesday.
San Antonio has also collected just a 6-7 record as ATS favorites. All signs point to a New York victory here. I certainly think you’ll see them stretch their unbeaten run to four games.
Pick: Knicks +3 (-110)
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