Knicks vs Warriors Free Pick January 23, 2018
Larry Ness' Knicks vs Warriors Free Pick
Start Time: January 23 2018, 10:35 PM
The Knicks look to atone for a listless 127-107 road loss at the Lakers on Sunday. The Warriors return home after winning the first four games of their trip, only to fall 116-108 to the Rockets in Houston in their finale on Saturday.
Not surprisingly, this sets up as a “revenge” game for the visitors, as GS has taken six straight in the series, including both last year.
New York averages 104.6 PPG and it concedes 105.7. Big man Kristaps Porzingis leads the nightly charge with 23.3 points, 6.7 boards and 2.34 blocks per game. Tim Hardaway Jr. and Porzingis each had 17 in the setback to LA.
Golden State averages 115.8 PPG and it concedes 107.1. Kevin Durant contributes 26.2 points, 6.9 boards and 5.4 assists per game, while Stephen Curry adds 27.4 points and 6.5 assist per game. In the setback in Houston, Durant had 26 points and seven boards.
I’ll point out though that the Warriors have done very poor in this spot for bettors this year, going just 3-5 ATS as a home fav of 12.5 or more points and only 3-5 ATS when playing with two days rest, while New York has done well in this position by going 10-3 ATS after a loss by ten points or more and 12-9 ATS against good offensive clubs with average 106 plus points per outing.
With conference rival and third seed Minnesota coming to town on Thursday, followed by the Celtics on Saturday night, it’s not too hard to imagine the mighty defending champs looking past their lowly non-conference opponent this evening.
After losing eight of their last ten, clearly the Knicks do not have the same luxury, as they’ll try their best to keep this one competitive. I think the stage is set for a battle.
Consider grabbing the points in this one.