2021-02-24
Golden State Warriors
New York Knicks
League : NBA

New York Knicks vs Golden State Warriors Prediction & Preview



 

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The New York Knicks host the Golden State Warriors at Madison Square Garden in New York City Tuesday night at 7:30 pm EST. The Warriors are currently favored by 2.5-points, up from 1.5 at the opening, while the total stands at 216-points, also up from 214.5-points.

The Warriors dropped their 2nd-straight game last Saturday falling by 2-points to the Charlotte Hornets as they were torched in the final period by Terry Rozier who posted 20 points while hitting the game-winner. Steph Curry did not suit up for the matchup, however, Kelly Oubre, Jr. along with Andrew Wiggins led the offensive attack with 25 and 19 points, respectively. However, the team was not able to overcome 36 from Rozier and a Charlotte team that made 20 treys. Golden State also failed to cover as 2.5-point favorites and are 3-5 ATS in the last 8 games.

The Knicks are winners of 4 of their last 5 as they atoned for a double-digit loss on the road to the Orlando Magic to rebound at home versus the Minnesota Timberwolves Sunday as they were able to fend off a late rally by the road team to pick up their 15th game of the season. Julius Randle had another solid night to lead the team with a double-double (25 points, 14 rebounds) while RJ Barrett continues to increase his shooting averages after a rough patch of games as he shot 50% on the night while scoring 21 points. The Knicks are red-hot against the number covering in 7 of 10 games, including as 3-point favorites versus the Timberwolves.

New York has picked up 2-straight wins versus the Warriors, including getting a 15-point road win over Golden State in late January. However, it should be mentioned that the Warriors have won 4-straight at Madison Square Garden. Each of these teams has split the spread in their last 10 meetings with the Warriors going 3-1 in their last 4 roadies.

 

Curry probable for Warriors in this matchup

Steph Curry has been dealing with an illness, yet, is listed as probable to suit up for Golden State in this matchup. Curry posted 25 points or more in each of his last 10 starts for the Warriors while recording 2-straight double-doubles for a Golden State team that is currently averaging 114 points per game on over 46% shooting (38%). Kelly Oubre, Jr. along with Andrew Wiggins continue to elevate their games averaging 18 and 15 points per game, with Wiggins shooting 37% from long-range. Oubre, Jr. is coming off 3-straight 20+ point performances scoring 25 versus the Hornets in a loss.

 

Wiggins was efficient from the floor in the team's loss at home to the Knicks in late January going 6-13 from the floor for 17 points while Oubre, Jr. went just 2-11 FG while missing all 4 of his attempts from deep for 7 points and 6 boards. Curry finished 5-14 from long-range while posting 30 points (4 turnovers) as the Warriors shot 38% as a team while missing 29 of 38 shots from the arc.

Nonetheless, the Warriors' offense has shined in recent outings at Madison Square Garden averaging 124 points in their last 4 meetings.

 

Knicks win shooting just 42% as a team

And while the Knicks certainly did not shoot the ball very well in their win over the Timberwolves, they were able to get some huge performances from Barrett and Randle as they led the way with 21 and 25 points, respectively, with Randle grabbing 14 boards, his 4th double-double in 10 games. Barrett elevated his shooting percentage to 43% FG for the season and has begun to show signs that he has recovered from a rough patch of games early February when he averaged just over 8 points per game.

 

However, in their last meeting versus the Warriors, Barrett was stellar scoring 28 points while having 5 assists on 10-17 shooting while Randle struggled a bit, yet, posted a double-double with 16 points, 17 rebounds, along with 9 assists. In all, New York boasted 6 double-digit scorers in the 15-point win with the team shooting 46% both from the field as well as from long-range.

The Knicks have been awful at home versus the Warriors in recent meetings averaging just over 100 points in their last 4 meetings. New York has only put up an average of 103 points in their last 10 games.






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