San Antonio Spurs vs New York Knicks Prediction, 1/4/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: San Antonio Spurs vs New York Knicks
Date: Wednesday, January 4, 2023
Location: Madison Square Garden in New York, NY
The San Antonio Spurs are traveling to Madison Square Garden on Wednesday where they will try to beat the New York Knicks.
The Spurs faced off with the Nets and went home with a loss by a final score of 139-103 in their last game. San Antonio walked away from the contest with a 43.3% field goal percentage (42 of 97) and knocked down 8 of their 31 3-point shots. From the charity stripe, the Spurs buried 11 of 18 shots for a percentage of 61.1%. In terms of getting rebounds, they earned 43 with 15 of them being of the offensive variety. They also dished out 26 dimes for the contest as well as creating 12 turnovers and earning 5 steals. With respect to defense, San Antonio allowed 62.4% from the field on 58 of 93 shooting. Brooklyn earned 31 dimes and had 13 steals for this contest. On top of that, Brooklyn grabbed 45 boards (7 offensive, 38 defensive) and added 4 blocked shots. Brooklyn went 80.0% at the charity stripe by knocking down 12 of 15 attempts. They made 11 out of their 20 attempts from distance. When it comes to personal fouls, the Spurs ended up finishing with 13 while the Nets recorded 16 personal fouls.
Keldon Johnson is someone who was a major contributor for the game. He notched 22 points on 7 of 13 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 25 mins played and pulled down 4 boards. Johnson finished 53.8% from the floor and dished out 1 assist.
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San Antonio enters this contest with a mark of 12-25 this year. They have an average of 111.6 pts per game (23rd in the league) while connecting on 47.0% from the field. The Spurs are shooting 34.5% on three-point attempts (410 of 1,190) and 72.8% from the charity stripe. As a team, San Antonio is collecting 42.7 rebounds per game and has accumulated 1,000 assists on the year, which has them ranked 6th in the NBA in terms of passing. They lose possession by turning the ball over 15.9 times per game and as a group they commit 20.0 fouls on a nightly basis.
On the defensive end, the Spurs are able to force 14.6 turnovers per game while drawing 19.1 fouls. They currently rank 27th in the league in giving up assists with 987 relinquished for the campaign. The Spurs defense is giving up a field goal percentage of 50.7% (1,674 of 3,303) and they concede 43.1 rebounds per game as a unit. They are surrendering 39.5% on 3-pointers while they are 30th in the league in points per game allowed (121.0).
In their last game, the Knicks took home the win by a final score of 102-83 against the Suns. The Knicks were able to collect 40 defensive boards and 5 offensive boards for a total of 45 for this contest. They gave up possession 7 times, while getting 1 steal in this contest. The Suns committed 17 fouls for the game which took the Knicks to the free throw line for a total of 25 attempts. They were able to make 17 of the free throws for a percentage of 68.0%. In the matter of shooting from downtown, New York knocked down 13 of 33 attempts (39.4%). Overall, the Knicks finished shooting 36 out of 74 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 48.6%. The Knicks permitted the Suns to make 34 of 87 attempts from the floor which had them at 39.1% for the matchup. They shot 27.0% from 3-point land by shooting 10 out of 37 and finished the contest at 5 of 7 from the free throw line (71.4%). In regard to how they cleaned up the glass, New York permitted Phoenix to pull down 36 in total (5 offensive).
Julius Randle ended up being a factor for the Knicks for the matchup. He buried 7 of 18 for this game for a field goal percentage of 38.9%, and had 16 rebounds. Randle racked up 28 points in his 40 minutes on the hardwood and had 6 assists for this game.
New York has a win-loss record of 20-18 on the year. The Knicks are committing 20.9 fouls per game and they connect on 77.9% from the charity stripe. Their rate of earning assists is at 23.4 times per contest (24th in the league) and they lose possession via turnover 13.6 times per game. New York has 4,337 pts for the campaign (114.1 per contest) and they grab 47.1 boards per game. On the offensive side of the ball, the Knicks are connecting on 45.7% from the field, which has them ranked 24th in the NBA.
The New York defense allows 34.0% on shots from beyond the perimeter (488 of 1,437) and their opponents are making 76.1% of their shots from the charity stripe. They give up 24.6 dimes and 44.1 total boards per game, which ranks 11th and 21st in the league. The Knicks defensively are ranked 9th in the NBA in PPG given up with 111.3. They are forcing 13.7 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 45.2% from the field (2nd in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take New York
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