The San Antonio Spurs visit Madison Square Garden to face the New York Knicks on Monday. The Spurs enter on the second day of a back-to-back after falling in overtime to the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday. San Antonio is 15-24 this season, with New York entering at 19-21 through the first 40 games. Derrick Rose (ankle) is out for the Knicks, with Evan Fournier (thigh), Nerlens Noel (reconditioning) and Kemba Walker (knee) listed as questionable. Six Spurs players, most notably Keldon Johnson and Derrick White, are in COVID-19 protocols and are considered day-to-day.
Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m. ET in New York. Caesars Sportsbook lists New York as the 6.5-point home favorite, while the over-under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 212.5 in the latest Knicks vs. Spurs odds. Before making any Spurs vs. Knicks picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven computer model.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Knicks vs. Spurs, and just locked in its picks and NBA predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model’s picks. Now, here are several NBA betting lines and trends for Spurs vs. Knicks:
- Knicks vs. Spurs spread: Knicks -6.5
- Knicks vs. Spurs over-under: 212.5 points
- Knicks vs. Spurs money line: Knicks -270, Spurs +220
- SAS: The Spurs are 4-3 against the spread with no rest
- NYK: The Knicks are 8-12 against the spread in home games
Featured Game | New York Knicks vs. San Antonio Spurs
Why the Spurs can cover
San Antonio’s offense is elite in important categories. The Spurs are making 46.4 percent of field goal attempts this season, ranking in the top 10 of the NBA. San Antonio currently leads the NBA in assists, averaging more than 28 per game, and the Spurs are pulling down 11.5 offensive rebounds per game. Gregg Popovich’s team ranks in the top 10 in fast-break points (13.6 per game), and the Spurs are second-best in the NBA in generating 54.6 points in the paint per game.
New York’s defense forces fewer than 13 turnovers per game, and the Spurs can be aggressive as a result. On defense, San Antonio is soundly above-average in preventing fast-break points (10.8 per game) and free-throw attempts (19.5 per game), with top-10 marks in blocked shots (5.1 per game) and steals (8.0 per game). New York is in the bottom five of the NBA in points scored, field-goal percentage, 2-point percentage and assists on the offensive side.
Why the Knicks can cover
The Knicks make life difficult for opposing shooters. New York is in the top five in field-goal percentage allowed (43.9 percent) and 2-point percentage allowed (50.5 percent) this season, with opponents attempting only 20.2 free throws per game. The Knicks are also in the top 10 in blocked shots (5.0 per game) and fast-break points allowed (11.4 per game), with elite marks in preventing second-chance points (12.0 per game) and points in the paint (41.9 per game).
San Antonio is in the bottom five in 3-pointers, free-throw attempts and free-throw percentage, helping New York to bolster its defensive projection. Offensively, the Knicks are fantastic on the glass, securing 28.2 percent of rebounds and producing 14.5 second-chance points per game. New York is also in the top 10 in turnovers (13.4 per game), 3-pointers (13.2 per game) and 3-point accuracy (35.7 percent).
How to make Spurs vs. Knicks picks
SportsLine’s model is leaning over on the total, projecting 214 combined points. The model also says one side of the spread hits in well over 50 percent of simulations. You can only see the model’s pick at SportsLine.
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