Spurs vs. Knicks: Make San Antonio & 'Over' the NBA Pick at The Big Apple

Matthew Jordan

Monday, November 2, 2015 5:56 PM GMT

Monday, Nov. 2, 2015 5:56 PM GMT

The New York Knicks are above .500. I honestly didn't expect to type that sentence at all this season. But the San Antonio Spurs can change on Monday night. Check our NBA pick inside.

Anthony Off Season High In Points
New York (2-1) comes off an upset win at Washington on Saturday, 117-110. The Knicks' other win was also on the road against a 2014-15 playoff team, Milwaukee, in the season opener. Against the Wizards, Carmelo Anthony broke out of a shooting slump with 37 points. He was 11-for-18, hitting eight straight at one point, and 4-for-5 from 3-point range. Anthony was just 14-for-43 in the first two games and 1-for-12 from long range. He said his knee wasn't bothering him (that ended last season early) but that he was just out of rhythm. Anthony also had some extra motivation because last May Washington's Jared Dudley called Anthony the most overrated player in the NBA.

"Oh yeah, it got back to me," Anthony said of those comments. "Definitely got back to me. I might not look at it and read all that stuff but it gets back to me."

With 4:58 left in the second quarter, Anthony and Dudley were assessed double technical fouls. Jose Calderon (10 points) was the only other Knicks starter in double figures against Washington.

One of New York's big offseason acquisitions was former Blazers guard Arron Afflalo in free agency but he has yet to play this season due to a strained left hamstring. And he won't Monday, either. That means Sasha Vujacic will start again. He didn't even play in the NBA last season. Vujacic is averaging 7.0 points per game.

New York is 2-1 against the spread on NBA odds and 3-0 'over/under.'

 

Spurs' Stellar Trio Makes History
It's the second of a back-to-back for San Antonio so you never know what Coach Gregg Popovich might do in terms of resting a key guy or two as he's notorious for that -- I presume it's too early in the season for Pop to worry about such things, but I'm throwing it out there.

San Antonio (2-1) comes off a 95-87 win in Boston on Sunday. LaMarcus Aldridge, the team's big offseason free-agent acquisition, had looked a bit out of sync in the Spurs' first two games but broke out against the Celtics with 24 points and 14 rebounds. Popovich gave Aldridge a bit of a pep talk before the game. After averaging 10.5 points and shooting 39.1 percent in the first two games, the Spurs specifically called plays for Aldridge in the third and fourth quarters.

"He can tell I haven't been comfortable," said Aldridge of talk with Popovich. "He was trying to put the bug in my ear for some things I can do to get myself going. He sees the big picture. He sees that we can win with this group."

The Spurs' trio of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili combined for their 541st victory Sunday. That moved them past Boston's Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish (540 wins) for the most wins by a threesome in NBA history. Duncan, Parker and Ginobili have appeared in the more games than any other trio in NBA history. Duncan and Popovich have posted the most wins (953) as a player-coach duo in league annals.

San Antonio is 2-1 ATS on NBA picks and 1-2 O/U.

 

Last Season
The team split, each winning at home. San Antonio won 109-95 on Dec. 10, 2014, the Knicks' 10th straight loss at the time. Duncan, Parker, Ginobili and Kawhi Leonard all sat out for the Spurs. Duncan and Ginobili weren't even hurt, it was just Popovich being Pop. San Antonio still had seven players score in double figures.  Tim Hardaway Jr., who is now with Atlanta, led the Knicks with 23 points. New York was without Carmelo. New York won the rematch, 104-100 in overtime on March 17. That was a pretty big upset considering the Knicks became the first team in NBA history to enter a game that late in a season with a winning percentage below .200 and beat the defending champions. Alexey Shved and Langston Galloway combined for 43 points for the Knicks, who didn't have Anthony. All the key Spurs played but Ginobili.

 

Final Analysis
If all the key Spurs play, I'll give the points and go 'over.' San Antonio is 7-0 ATS in its past seven vs. the East and 5-0 ATS in the past five in the second of a back-to-back. The Knicks are 1-6 ATS in their past seven after a win. The 'over' is 4-0 in the past four meetings.

NBA Picks: Spurs -8 & Over 201 at Bet365

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