Knicks Look To Hand Spurs 9th Straight Loss

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The New York Knicks (4-11) will be facing the San Antonio Spurs (5-11) at 7:30pm Eastern Time at home in Madison Square Garden. The Spurs are listed as 3 point favorites, even though they have lost their last 8 contests.

Starting Lineups- With 2 Attributes That Will Be Impactful Tonight (Strength, Weakness)

PositionNew York KnicksSan Antonio Spurs
PGFrank Ntilikina (defense, scoring)Derrick White (3 point shooting, fouling)
SGRJ Barrett (driving, perimeter defense)Bryn Forbes (scoring, defense)
SFMarcus Morris Sr. (3 point shooting, turnovers)DeMar Derozan (scoring, turnovers)
PFJulius Randle (interior scoring, turnovers)LaMarcus Aldridge (scoring, defense)
CTaj Gibson (hustle, size)Jakob Poeltl (defense, scoring)

Matchup Of The Night

Marcus Morris Sr. vs. DeMar Derozan

DeMar Derozan takes 98.3% of his shots from inside the three point line, which will help Marcus Morris Sr. who is a little slow playing the three standing at 6-8 and 218 pounds. Players shooting while Morris Sr. is covering them, have taken 46.8% of their shots from three and are shooting the three ball at a clip of 34.9%, very close to the league average of 35.4%. Meanwhile opponents are only taking 41% of their shots from less than 10 feet at a reasonable 53.4%, when Morris Sr. is covering them. Derozan has allowed for opponents to shoot 36% from three against him. Morris Sr. is shooting a fantastic 46.4% from three and will look to take advantage of this. When these two players matched up earlier in the season, Morris Sr. was guarded by Derozan for 6:55 of action. Morris Sr. shot 0-2 from the floor, but did shoot 6 free throws in that time and led the Knicks in scoring with 26 points that night. Derozan guarded Morris for 6:17, shooting 4-5 for 9 points. Morris Sr. should be looking for revenge in this matchup and utilize his interior defense and three point shooting to help the Knicks win tonight.

Inactives

Knicks- Elfrid Payton and Reggie Bullock

Spurs- Dejounte Murray

Key Statistics

  1. The Spurs have lost their last 8 games.
  2. The Spurs are last in the NBA in three-pointers made (8.8) and attempted (25).
  3. The Knicks are last in the NBA in free throw percentage at 67.8%. The Spurs are 11th at 78.5%.
  4. New York leads the NBA in offensive rebounding, averaging 12.9 per game. San Antonio is 6th averaging 11.2.
  5. The Knicks (33.5) and Spurs (34.9) are both in the bottom half of the league in defensive rebounding.
  6. The Spurs (13.7) and Knicks (15.3) are both in the top half of the league in turnovers per game.
  7. San Antonio is 12th in the NBA in blocks per game (5.4). New York is 6th in the NBA, only allowing teams to block 4.2 of their shots per game.
  8. New York is last in the NBA, commiting 24 fouls per game. San Antonio is 3rd, only commiting 19.3 fouls per game.
  9. The Spurs are 5th in the NBA in offensive rating (110.7). However, they are 28th in defensive rating (113.7). The Knicks are last in offensive rating (103.2) and 19th in defensive rating (110.3).
  10. The Knicks are 28th in the NBA in assist to turnover ratio (1.3). The Spurs are 8th (1.75).

Keys To Winning

The Knicks will need to foul less, win the battle of the boards, and force San Antonio to turn the ball over, to win this game. In their first matchup this season, the Knicks fouled the Spurs 32 times and allowed 36 free throw attempts. The Knicks only took 18 free throws in that 120-111 loss. The Knicks were also outrebounded, 57-46. New York will have to be cognizant of LaMarcus Aldridge and Jakob Poeltl, both of which are solid rebounders. The Spurs have not turned the ball over much this season, but the Knicks forced them to turn the ball over 21 times in their last matchup. This helped New York score 29 fast break points, much higher than their season average (10.5). This Spurs team is very efficient offensively, but do most of their scoring from inside the arc and from the free throw line (last in the NBA in 3 point attempts). The Knicks will need to control the paint in this matchup to win the game.

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