New York Knicks vs San Antonio Spurs Prediction, 3/2/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New York Knicks vs San Antonio Spurs
Date: Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Location: AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Odds/Point Spread: New York (+2)
The New York Knicks (18-17) head to AT&T Center on Tuesday where they'll take on the San Antonio Spurs (17-12). The odds on this contest have San Antonio as 2-point favorites. The O/U opens at 221.
The New York Knicks played the Detroit Pistons and took home the win by a score of 109-90 in their last game. New York ended having earned a 51.2% FG percentage (44 out of 86) and converted 13 of their 26 shots from 3-point land. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Knicks buried 8 of their 10 shots for a percentage of 80.0%. In terms of pulling down rebounds, they earned 41 with 6 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 23 assists in this matchup while forcing 15 turnovers and getting 9 steals. In regard to the defense, New York allowed their opponent to shoot 38.4% from the floor on 28 of 73 shooting. Detroit distributed 16 assists and had 8 steals in the matchup. Additionally, Detroit grabbed 41 rebounds (8 offensive, 33 defensive) and added 4 blocked shots. Detroit walked away from this one shooting 80.6% at the free throw line by making 25 of 31 attempts. They made 9 of 32 attempts from beyond the perimeter.
Julius Randle is one guy who was a major factor for the game. He notched 25 points on 10 of 18 shooting. He played for 37:45 mins and also collected 8 boards. Randle finished the game at 55.6% from the floor and also earned 6 dimes. Someone else that came through in the game for the Knicks was RJ Barrett. He grabbed 5 rebounds in his 35:13 minutes played on the night. He finished 61.5% from the floor for this contest via 8-of-13 (21 points). Overall, Barrett earned 3 assists.
New York will enter this game with a win-loss record of 18-17 this season. The Knicks are hitting 37.1% on 3-pointers (358 of 964) and 77.7% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 105.0 pts per game (28th in basketball) while hitting 45.4% from the floor. They turn the ball over 13.8 times per contest and as a unit they are committing 21.1 fouls per contest. As a team, New York is snagging 46.7 rebounds per game and has earned 740 assists for the year, which is 26th in basketball in terms of passing the ball. On the defensive end of the court, the Knicks have forced 12.0 turnovers per contest while drawing 18.6 fouls. The Knicks defense is allowing a field goal percentage of 43.2% (419 of 650) and they relinquish 43.8 rebounds per contest as a unit. They are currently ranked 10th in the league in allowing assists to their opponents with 787 surrendered on the campaign. They give up 32.5% on 3-pointers and they are ranked 1st in basketball in points per game allowed (104.0).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the San Antonio Spurs walked away with a victory by a final of 117-114 against the New Orleans Pelicans. The Spurs corralled 30 defensive rebounds and 8 offensive boards for a total of 38 for this game. They gave up possession of the ball 8 times, while earning 7 steals in this game. The Pelicans committed 17 personal fouls in the game which got the Spurs to the free throw line for a total of 28 attempts. They were able to make 23 of those for a rate of 82.1%. In regard to shots from downtown, San Antonio converted 12 of 32 attempts (37.5%). When the final whistle blew, the Spurs went 41 out of 86 from the floor which gave them a rate of 47.7%. The Spurs allowed the Pelicans to make 40 out of their 91 tries from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 44.0% for the game. They finished 28.1% from distance by hitting 9 out of 32 and finished the game at 25 out of 31 at the charity stripe (80.6%). Regarding cleaning the glass, San Antonio permitted New Orleans to pull down 52 overall (17 on the offensive glass).
DeMar DeRozan ended up having an impact for the Spurs for this contest. He knocked down 11 out of 18 for the game giving him a field goal percentage of 61.1%, and had 1 rebound. DeRozan totaled 32 points in his 38:22 mins of playing time and had 11 dimes in the matchup. One more player who was a determining factor for San Antonio was Dejounte Murray. He left the arena with 7 assists in 37:08 minutes on the court, and he shot 7 out of 16 from the floor. Murray finished going 43.8% from the field while also earning 18 points and 6 total rebounds.
San Antonio has a win-loss record of 17-12 so far this year. On the offensive side of the ball, the Spurs are hitting on 45.5% from the field, which ranks them 20th in basketball. San Antonio has scored 3,217 pts for the season (110.9 per game) and they pull in 44.9 rebounds per game. They are getting an assist 25.0 times per game (15th in the NBA) and they are losing possession via turnover 11.1 times per contest. The Spurs have committed 17.3 fouls every game while shooting 79.1% from the charity stripe. The Spurs on defense are ranked 12th in the NBA in points given up per game with 111.2. They relinquish 24.7 dimes and 48.2 boards per game, which is ranked 13th and 28th in basketball. The San Antonio defense allows 38.4% on shots from beyond the arc (374 of 974) and their opposition knocks down 73.7% of their free throw attempts. They are able to force 14.0 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 46.7% from the field (16th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take New York (+2)
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