Warriors vs. Knicks Free Pick 03/05/17 – Expert NBA Predictions


By Larry Ness

“Stop the presses!” The Warriors have lost consecutive regular-season games. Kevin Durant went down with a knee injury in the Warriors’ 112-108 loss at Washington on Tuesday and then Golden State shot a season-low 38.6 percent in its worst offensive output since March 19, 2016 on Thursday, a 94-87 loss at Chicago (the 87 points were a season-low for Golden St).

The problem hasn’t been hard to isolate. Curry is a woeful 4-for-31 (12.9%) from beyond the arc in the first three games of this current five-game road trip, while fellow Splash Brother Klay Thompson hasn’t much better, going 7-for-33 (21.2%). That dynamic duo plus the entire Golden State team must now get used to life without Durant, who will be out at least four weeks!

The Warriors play today at MSG against the 25-37 Knicks, then wrap the trip in Atlanta tomorrow. A couple of shots we normally make did not fall,” guard Stephen Curry told reporters. “That’s not the reason we lost. We just need to understand that early in games, when we have new rotations, we cannot take our foot off the gas pedal.

Every possession is important for us to pick up a rhythm without (Durant).” In the Knicks, the Warriors get a struggling team which is playing a rare home game in a stretch that sees them playing 10 of 13 away from home.

The Knicks lost 105-102 at Philadelphia on Friday, as Carmelo Anthony went 5-for-18 from the floor. Anthony (23.3-6.0) is shooting just 38.2 percent in the five games since the All-Star break (2-3) but the good news is, Kristaps Porzingis (18.2-7.1) seems over a recent ankle injury, averaging 19 points and eight rebounds in two games since returning from a two-game absence.

The Knicks are 12th in the Eastern Conference, trailing the Detroit Pistons by five games for the eighth and final spot. New York is going nowhere, as after this home game with the Warriors, the Knicks play their next four games on the road as the Garden hosts the Big East tournament.

Golden St’s NBA record of 146 straight regular season games without back-to-back losses has now been snapped, so it’s time to focus on avoiding the team’s first three-game losing streak since November of 2013. The Knicks should play the perfect foil, as the Warriors have won the last five meetings between the two teams, all by at least 13 points. Lay it with Golden St.

Larry Ness’ Free Pick: Warriors -9.5 (-115) @ 5Dimes

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