NBA Betting: Hot Spurs take on Knicks

By: Brad Young | Thursday, January 20, 2011

New York (22-19 straight up, 25-15-1 against the spread) continues a three-game road trip trying to get back on the winning track.  The Knicks have dropped their last four games in a row SU, and previous three outings ATS.

Things only get tougher for New York as Friday’s matchup is against a San Antonio (36-6 SU, 25-16-1 ATS) squad that has the league’s best record.  The Spurs are a stellar 23-2 SU at AT&T Center, while going a more modest 14-11 ATS.

Don Best's Real-Time Odds have San Antonio as eight-point home ‘chalk’ over New York, with the total set at 209 ½.  ESPN will provide coverage of Friday’s matchup beginning at 5:00 p.m. PT from San Antonio’s AT&T Center, with the Lakers, Nuggets battle the second part of the televised doubleheader.

Manu GinobiliNew York continued its downward spiral with Wednesday’s blowout loss to Houston as a 2 ½-point road underdog, 104-89.  The combined 193 points never seriously threatened the 223 ½-point closing total, helping the ‘under’ improve to 5-2 the past seven games.

The Knicks managed just 39 points after halftime, and were held to almost 19 points under their league-leading scoring average of 107.5 points per game.  New York was also on the short end of rebounding (48-45) and assists (21-14).  The Knicks were outscored in every quarter, and finished the game by shooting 42 percent (35-of-83) from the field and 33 percent (8-of-24) from behind the arc.

Power forward Amare Stoudemire led the charge with 25 points and five rebounds, while point guard Raymond Felton added 14 and five assists.  Forward Danilo Gallinari provided 11 and six boards in the setback, while forward Wilson Chandler had 10 and eight.

San Antonio ran its SU winning streak to seven games compliments of Wednesday’s victory over Toronto as 12-point home ‘chalk,’ 104-95.  The combined 199 points failed to topple the 204 ½-point closing total, enabling the ‘under’ to cash the seventh straight matchup.  The Spurs had covered their last four games before this contest.

San Antonio took control of the game by outscoring the Raptors by 17 points in the third quarter.  The Spurs finished the game with advantages in rebounding (49-38) and assists (23-20), while shooting 46 percent (38-of-83) from the field and 25 percent (4-of-16) from 3-point land.

Shooting guard Manu Ginobili paced the offense with 23 points and seven assists, going an unblemished 14-of-14 from the free-throw line.  Power forward DeJuan Blair provided 22 and 11 rebounds in the triumph, while point guard Tony Parker added 17.

New York and San Antonio have only met once this season, with the Knicks prevailing Jan. 4 as a 5 ½-point home favorite, 128-115.  The combined 243 points soared ‘over’ the 208 ½-point closing total, ending consecutive ‘under’ outings in this series.

New York forward Anthony Randolph (flu) is ‘questionable’ versus the Spurs, while guard Kelenna Azubuike (knee injury) is ‘out.’  The Knicks conclude a three-game road trip with Saturday’s matchup at Oklahoma City.  New York maintains a 13-4 ATS ledger its last 17 road games, and is 21-10 ATS the previous 31 outings overall.

San Antonio forward Matt Bonner (knee) is ‘questionable’ against the Knicks, while guard James Anderson (foot) is ‘out.’  The Spurs follow this contest with a three-game road trip against New Orleans, Golden State and Utah.  San Antonio has seen the ‘under’ go 13-3 the previous 16 home outings.

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