NBA Picks: Knicks vs. Warriors

Jeff Grant

Monday, March 11, 2013 1:05 PM GMT

The New York Knicks will likely play their fifth consecutive game without star Carmelo Anthony, as they prepare to take on the Golden State Warriors. Have the odds makers left us any hints as to where we should place our NBA picks tonight?

 



Let’s take a closer look at the NBA betting odds for this non-conference affair at Oracle Arena, with the opening tip scheduled for 10:30 p.m. ET. 

So far, so good

New York has won three of its last four games without the services of leading scorer Carmelo Anthony, including a 113-84 blowout victory over the Utah Jazz as 5.5-point home favorites last Saturday, while going OVER the total for the first time in six contests.

The Knicks are 20-21 straight up (SU) and 22-19 against the spread (ATS) in March the last two-plus seasons.

Falling flat against winning teams

Golden State is 1-10 SU and 2-9 ATS versus winning teams during the second half of the 2012-13 NBA season, as it looks to bounce back from a 103-93 setback to the Milwaukee Bucks as 2.5-point home favorites last time out.

The Warriors are a horrendous 14-28 SU and 18-24 ATS during this particular month the last two-plus seasons, with the UNDER going 23-19 in that situation.

Last meeting

These two teams met on Feb. 27 at Madison Square Garden, with the Knicks coming away with a 109-105 victory as 7.5-point home favorites, while going OVER the total for the seventh time in the last eight games in this series.

New York received 49 combined points from Anthony (questionable, knee) and Amar’e Stoudemire (out, knee), but both of those players will likely miss this affair.

Golden State point guard Stephen Curry was absolutely electric in that affair in the Big Apple, as he finished with an NBA-high 54 points.

Playing no perimeter defense

The Warriors have allowed 13-or-more threes in consecutive games for the first time in franchise history, which is important to consider when making your NBA picks Monday, considering the Knicks average 29.3 3-point attempts per game.

Over its last 17 games, Golden State has compiled a disappointing 5-12 record, as it has allowed opponents to average 106.8 points on 46 percent shooting over that span.

[gameodds]5/220892/169/us[/gameodds]

Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the New York Knicks as one of their sports picks tonight, as I established them as 2.5-point road underdogs when shooting a video from Las Vegas before the line was available in the market.

The underdog will improve to 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings in this series.

NBA Pick:  New York Knicks +3.5 at BetOnline