Tuesday, 10:30 p.m. ET (NBA TV)
Free NBA Pick: Knicks ATS
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Sometimes we all make terrible, life-altering decisions — including perhaps taking the wrong job, one that’s destined to end badly.
That brings us to Warriors coach Steve Kerr.
In May 2014, Kerr was reportedly close to taking his first head-coaching job with the New York Knicks to rejoin his former coach Phil Jackson, who was the Knicks’ team president. The Knicks were a mess then, but the chance to work for one of the marquee franchises in the league and the Hall of Fame Zen Master, well, would could blame Kerr?
The Golden State Warriors had surprisingly fired Coach Mark Jackson following a 51-31 mark in the 2013-14 season, the team’s best record since 1991-92. The Warriors had their eye on former Magic coach Stan Van Gundy, but Van Gundy took more money to be coach and personnel boss with the Detroit Pistons. Kerr, a West Coast guy, pivoted from the Knicks and took the Warriors gig.
Now Kerr might be carving out a Hall of Fame coaching career with one of the best dynasties in league history. Van Gundy flamed out in Detroit and is currently a part-time analyst at ESPN and teaching a class examining ethics, management and leadership involved in sport business at Stetson on central Florida.
With the Knicks visiting the Warriors on Tuesday night to close out their season series, we felt the need to recap that story. Of course, the other notable item involving Knicks-Warriors is that the next time the teams play, Kevin Durant could be in a New York uniform if his free-agent rumors are to be believed.
Knicks Could Be Dragging
The Dubs go for another season sweep of the Knicks, winning 128-100 at Madison Square Garden on Oct. 26. Golden State outscored New York an incredible 47-16 in the fourth quarter of that one, the 31-point scoring differential the largest by the Warriors during a fourth quarter in the shot clock era (1954-55). The team did outscore two teams by 32 points — including the 76ers in November 2017 — in other quarters.
Durant scored 25 of his 41 points in the fourth against the Knicks. Steph Curry had 29 points. Tim Hardaway Jr., whose father once starred for the Warriors (Run TMC!), led New York with 24 points. The Knicks have lost nine straight in the series.
Golden State seems to have everything going for it here as it has been off since winning 127-123 in Sacramento on Saturday, while the Knicks are playing the second of a back-to-back after losing 111-101 in Portland on Monday. It’s also the conclusion of a grueling, cross-country six-game road trip. The Knicks have dropped their past three in the second of a B2B by 18 points (vs Phoenix), 12 points (vs. Charlotte) and 26 points (at Philadelphia).
The Warriors and Kings set an NBA record with a combined 41 made three-pointers in Saturday’s game. It was also the first time both teams made at least 20 of them. Curry kept rolling with 42 points, 30 of them on three-pointers.
- Knicks are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 vs. Western Conference.
- Warriors are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 home games.
- Warriors are 0-7 ATS in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
Everything points against the Knicks here, but I simply can’t turn down that many points. The Warriors might go through the motions against a bad team. Take New York for a Tuesday NBA bet.