Knicks Not About to End 8-Game Losing Streak to Warriors Friday

Matthew Jordan

Thursday, October 25, 2018 3:16 PM UTC

Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018 3:16 PM UTC

The Golden State Warriors haven’t lost to the New York Knicks in years and that’s not likely to change Friday night on national television from the Big Apple.

Golden State (4-1 SU, 2-3 ATS) at New York (1-4 SU, 3-1-1 ATS)Friday, 7:30 p.m. ET (NBA TV)Free NBA Pick: Warriors ATSBest Line Offered: SportsBetting

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So, the NBA’s best and most popular team is visiting the one in the country’s biggest media market. Yeah, not a surprise that Friday’s Golden State at New York Knicks matchup is on NBA TV even though it looks like a mismatch.

Anytime these teams play, you have to remember how smart Warriors coach Steve Kerr is. In mid-May 2014, Kerr accepted the Warriors’ coaching job, replacing Mark Jackson. Had the Dubs not dumped Jackson or acted quickly enough (reportedly they originally preferred Stan Van Gundy), Kerr would have taken the Knicks’ job. Kerr had been in talks with the Knicks about becoming their next coach after Phil Jackson took over as team president in March of that year. Kerr has a great relationship with Jackson from Kerr’s days playing under him with the Bulls.

The Knicks have been terrible the past few years and the Warriors a dynasty, so no surprise that Golden State has won the past eight in this series. Both were by similar scores last year: 123-112 in Oakland and 125-111 at Madison Square Garden. The Warriors’ last loss at the Garden was Feb. 27, 2013.

The other storyline here is that the next time the Warriors play at the Garden, Kevin Durant could be in a Knicks uniform. There are persistent whispers around the NBA that Durant will leave in free agency so he can finally be an alpha male on a team and do so in New York. Plus, think of what Durant’s legacy would be if he could lead one-time marquee franchise from the dumps to its first NBA title since 1973. Why do you think Jackson took the president’s job? Of course, he flopped.

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If you missed the third quarter, you missed ANOTHER Curry Flurry. #StephGonnaSteph
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— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) October 25, 2018
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Spicy Curry!

Golden State has looked mortal a few times this season but not Wednesday when it smoked visiting Washington 144-122 behind a spectacular performance from Steph Curry. He finished with 51 points (11 three-pointers) in just three quarters. Curry’s career high is 54 points and some have wondered why Steve Kerr didn’t play him briefly in the fourth to break that mark, but it’s just not worth the injury risk with the game out of hand.

It was Curry’s sixth career 50-point game, and he’s the fourth player over the last 10 seasons to score more than 50 points in the first three quarters of a game, joining teammate Klay Thompson, Carmelo Anthony and James Harden. The 144 points were a season high for the Dubs, who are now 49-1 all-time when putting up at least 140. Klay Thompson was in question Wednesday with a sprained ankle but did go and had 19 points. Durant had 30 on 13-for-18 shooting.

The Knicks dropped their fourth straight Wednesday, 110-87 in Miami. New York was outscored 45-20 in the third (South Beach hangover?). The 23-point margin of victory was Miami's fifth-largest ever against New York. About the only Knick who showed up was Damyean Dotson, who had 20 points and 10 boards off the bench. Guard Emmanuel Mudiay (ankle) and Courtney Lee (neck) missed the game and have yet to play this season, although Mudiay might Friday.

  • Warriors are 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings in New York.
  • Knicks are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. Western Conference.

This might worry me if the Warriors were traveling across the country to face most other teams, but guys get fired up to play at Madison Square Garden. Give the points for a Friday NBA pick.

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