The league’s top scoring defense will be a 4-point favorite on the road at Madison Square Garden, when the San Antonio Spurs (25-12) square off against the New York Knicks (18-18). The game’s Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 199.5 points and it can be seen on MSG Network at 7:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.
San Antonio Spurs vs. New York Knicks Betting Odds
In their last game, the Knicks won a close one over the New Orleans Pelicans, 105-103, while the Spurs were beaten by the Detroit Pistons, 93-79.
The Knicks held the Pelicans to an offensive rebounding percentage of 8.7 (below their season average of 20.0) and had a turnover percentage of 5.5 (better than their season average of 13.7). San Antonio, on the other hand, held Detroit to an offensive rebounding percentage of 14.3 (below their season average of 24.0). New York was led by Kristaps Porzingis, who finished with 30 points and seven rebounds. Meanwhile, LaMarcus Aldridge played a pivotal role for San Antonio with 15 points and 11 rebounds.
The battle on the backboards could prove decisive, pitting strength against strength. The Knicks rank third in offensive rebounding percentage (25.9 percent), while San Antonio ranks fifth in defensive rebounding percentage (79.6 percent).
Of the Spurs’ 37 games, 21 have finished under the projected point total. San Antonio heads into the contest with records of 25-12 straight up (SU) and 19-16-2 against the spread (ATS).
Much like San Antonio, just over half of Knicks games have finished under the total. Moreover, New York is 18-18 SU and 20-16 ATS.
In their first matchup this year, Pau Gasol led the Spurs to a 119-107 victory. He registered a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds. The two teams combined to put up 226 points, which was well over the projected point total of 199, and San Antonio covered as a 10-point favorite. San Antonio did a fantastic job of getting to and converting from the free throw line (28-39; 71.8 percent). New York, meanwhile, had a better offensive rebounding percentage (26.7 vs. 23.8).
San Antonio Spurs at New York Knicks Pick
Predictions: SU Winner – Spurs, ATS Winner – Spurs, O/U – Under
San Antonio ranks fourth in three pointers allowed per game (26.4) while New York ranks 29th (31.6).
The Knicks rank second in points allowed in the paint per game (40.2) while the Spurs rank 12th (42.3).
San Antonio ranks 21st in fast break points per game (9.6) while New York ranks 29th (6.4).
San Antonio averages 15.5 points off turnovers per game, which ranks 22nd in the league. New York ranks 23rd in points off turnovers allowed per game (18.3).
The Spurs rank first in blocks allowed per game (3.6) while the Knicks rank 15th (4.9).
The Knicks rank second in rebounds allowed per game (41.0) while the Spurs rank sixth (41.4).
San Antonio averages 13.4 second chance points per game, which ranks ninth in the league. New York ranks 20th in second chance points allowed per game (13.0).
New York is 8-1 when they hold opponents under 100 points, while San Antonio is 16-6.
The Knicks are 17-8 when they score more than 100 points, while the Spurs are 18-1.
New York is 15-6 ATS at home, while San Antonio is 6-11-1 ATS on the road.
The total has gone under in 11 of the Knicks’ 21 home games, while 13 of the Spurs’ 18 road games have gone under.
In their last five games, San Antonio and New York have both had 3 unders and 2 overs.
The Spurs are 3-2 ATS over their last five games, while the Knicks are 2-3.
During their last five games, the Spurs have scored an average of 100.8 points per game (0.4 below their season average) and allowed an average of 99.2 points per game (1.1 above their season average).
The Knicks’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 5.0, up from 0.1 for the season.