The NBA is set up with another solid night of action on December 7. Three games are up on the board throughout Tuesday night. One of these matchups will be between the New York Knicks and the San Antonio Spurs. These two teams have struggled early in the season, but will look for a big win in this one. This game will tip off at around 8:30 PM Eastern time.
New York has earned a record of 11-12 to start out this season, which has them sitting in twelfth place of the Eastern Conference. The Knicks have lost three games in a row entering this matchup. New York will look to get back on track with a big win in this one. The Knicks will look to come out fast on the road on Tuesday night.
The Spurs have put up a record of 8-14 to open up the season, which has them in twelfth place of the Western Conference. San Antonio is coming off a loss, which ended a four game winning streak. The Spurs will look to continue to climb the standings after the slow start. I expect San Antonio to come out quickly as they try to get the home crowd into it.
These two teams have struggled early in the season, but will look for a big win in this one. The Knicks had a fast start to the season, but have slowed down a bit as of late. New York will look to get back on track. San Antonio has been hot as of late, but are coming off a game on Monday night. If either team can grab momentum early, it could be enough for the win.
The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:
|New York Knicks||-2 ½ (-110)||-137||Over 211 (-110)|
|San Antonio Spurs||+2 ½ (-110)||+117||Under 211 (-110)|
|Team Data||New York Knicks||San Antonio Spurs|
|Away/ Home Record||6-4||4-6|
|PPG Away/ Home||107.0||113.7|
|PAPG Away/ Home||103.3||99.8|
New York Knicks
- 10-13 ATS this season
- 6-10 ATS as a favorite
- 6-4 ATS in road games
- 0-2 ATS in December
- 3-0 ATS on Tuesday nights
- 2-2 ATS on two days rest
- 1-3 ATS after non-Conference game
- 1-4 ATS in non-Conference game
- 3-1 ATS after a loss by ten or more points
- 2-8 ATS against team with losing record
San Antonio Spurs
- 13-9 ATS this season
- 10-8 ATS as an underdog
- 6-4 ATS in home games
- 3-0 ATS in December
- 0-2 ATS on Tuesday nights
- 5-3 ATS in non-Conference games
- 2-4 ATS against team with losing record
These two teams met up twice throughout last season. Dejounte Murray dropped 17 points in the first matchup to help lead the Spurs to a 119-93 win. Alec Burks dropped 30 points and 10 rebounds off the bench in the second game. Julius Randle finished with 25 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists as New York bounced back with a 102-98 win.
Down in Alamo City for the night.
— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) December 7, 2021
Field Goal Shooting
The Knicks have been solid shooting the ball on the season. New York has made 44.1 percent of their shots from the field, which is 24th in the league. The Knicks have shot 36.1 percent of their shots from deep, which is 9th in the NBA. New York has drained 77.2 percent of their shots from the free throw line, which is 16th in the league.
San Antonio has been solid shooting the ball throughout the season. The Spurs has been shooting 46.8 percent of their shots from the field, which is 5th in the NBA. San Antonio has made 34.5 percent of their shots from behind the arc, which is 16th in the league. The Spurs have sunk 69.8 percent of their shots from the charity stripe, which is 30th in the NBA.
The Spurs have been better shooting the ball from the field this season, but New York has been better on defense. The Knicks have held opposing teams to a 43.7 percent from the field, which is 5th in the league. San Antonio has allowed their opponents to shoot 45.7 percent from the field, which is 20th in the NBA.
Julius Randle has been solid for New York to start out the season. Randle is averaging 20.1 points and 10 rebounds per game. R.J. Barrett has averaged 14 points per game. Evan Fournier is averaging 13.3 points, while Derrick Rose has averaged 12.4 points per game. Kemba Walker is averaging 11.7 points per game. Alec Burks has averaged 11.3 points per game to round out the lineup.
Dejounte Murray has been the leader for the Spurs in this one. Murray has averaged 19.1 points, 8.6 rebounds and 8.2 assists per game. Keldon Johnson is averaging 14.9 points per game. Derrick White has averaged 12.7 points, while Jakob Poeltl is averaging 12.1 points and 9.3 rebounds. Doug McDermott has averaged 11 points per game to round out this lineup.
These two teams have seen a nice spread of scoring early in the season. Murray has picked up the pace this season to help fill the void left by DeMar DeRozan. Julius Randle has been strong early in the season and will look to dominate in the paint in this matchup. If either team can have their bench step up, it could be enough for the win.
New York is entering this matchup on a losing streak, but I think they will turn it around with a win on Tuesday night. The Knicks have the better overall lineup and I think their defense will slow down San Antonio. If New York can grab an early lead on the road, I think they can end their seven game losing streak in San Antonio.
BetOnline has the Knicks listed as a -2 ½ against the spread in this matchup. This gives a slight edge to New York on the road. I think that this line is accurate with the Knicks being the better team on the season. I could see this line being bigger with New York trying to break out of the losing streak. As slight favorites, I really like the value on the Knicks in this one.