The Knicks continue to disappoint night in and night out, and now they have to deal with one of the best teams in the NBA in San Antonio. Needless to say, we like the Spurs in this spot.
We know that regardless of whoever steps on the court (or doesn't step on the court) for the Spurs, they're going to be the clear-cut favorites in the NBA betting odds against this struggling Knicks team.
So just how bad is the damage? We'll have to wait and see, as it looks like books are waiting to see what kind of lineup annoucements are made before releasing their numbers.
San Antonio Spurs
Though they dropped a game last night, the Spurs have still won 10 of their last 12 games and they're sitting pretty at 15-6 overall.
This has come with some key guys like Parker, Duncan and Ginobili sitting out here and there, a scenario which has become all too familar to handicappers. Regardless though, San Antonio is finding ways to win no matter who's on the court, as the system in place is clearly what has made this franchise so successful over the years.
Back to last night. The Spurs, without Tony Parker (hamstring), were handed a four-point loss in Utah despite a monster game out of the ageless Tim Duncan. He had 23 points, 14 rebounds, two assists, four blocks and three steals in the defeat. Kawhi Leonard had a 16/5/5 line, but Manu Ginobili hit only 3-of-17 shots and San Antonio was only able to connect on four threes as a team.
Parker's status is up in the air, and there's a realistic chance Gregg Popovich could decide to rest Duncan and Ginobili here tonight after they played pretty heavy minutes last night. It's definitely a situation to monitor as we get closer to tipoff.
New York Knicks
Remember when the Knicks won two of their first three games? Man, that seems so long ago.
Fast forward to today and New York is 4-19 on the year. They've lost nine consecutive games, with their last victory coming on November 22nd against the lowly 76ers. Yes, it's been really bad for these guys.
The Knicks were also in action last night, but they lost 104-93 to the Pelicans on the road. They hit 47.4 percent from the floor overall and were 9-of-19 from beyond the arc, but they were dominated on the glass and only had three players (Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire, J.R. Smith) score in double figures. Stoudemire led the way with 26 points (11-of-18) and added five rebounds and five blocks -- he's been playing a lot more minutes recently and seems to be holding up fine, but only time will tell if his body holds up.
Aside from Melo consistently performing and Stoudemire showing glimpses of the past, there's little to be excited about when it comes to this New York team.
Yes, we don't know the full lineup details for San Antonio as of yet, but we've learned over the years not to discount this team.
Not only is the system the reason for the Spurs' success, but their level of depth has also been crucial, and so we're not going to shy away from backing Pop's team in this spot.
It also helps that New York has been beyond bad. After a decent start, Derek Fisher's squad has really gone downhill of late, and there's little reason to expect things to get better. They're learning a new system under a new coach, and the personnel just isn't good enough right now, besides Melo of course.
Taking all of that into account, we'll add San Antonio to our NBA picks for this busy Wednesday night. They're simply way more trustworthy at this point, irrespective of whether or not the top guys are given a day of rest.
Free NBA Pick: San Antonio Spurs at -10.5 5Dimes