Knicks Aim To Slow Down Trae Young, Seeking For 3rd Win In 4 Games: Knicks vs. Hawks Preview

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The New York Knicks (6-21) will be back home tonight, facing the Atlanta Hawks (6-21) at 7:30pm Eastern Time. The Knicks are listed as 2 point favorites, hoping to continue their improved play as of late.

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

PositionNew York KnicksAtlanta Hawks
PGFrank Ntilikina (defense, scoring)Trae Young (scoring/assisting, turnovers/size)
SGRJ Barrett (driving, shooting)Kevin Huerter (3 point shooting, driving)
SFMarcus Morris Sr. (3 point shooting, fouling)De’Andre Hunter (3 point shooting/defense, assisting)
PFJulius Randle (interior scoring, turnovers)Jabari Parker (interior scoring, defense)
CTaj Gibson (rebounding, shooting)Damian Jones (interior scoring, fouling)

Matchup Of The Night

Frank Ntilikina vs. Trae Young

In his second season, Trae Young has become one of the top point guards in the game. Young is averaging 27.8 points (5th in the NBA) and 8.5 assists (4th in the NBA) per game. He is shooting an impressive 36.8% from three and is averaging 1.2 steals per game. His struggles are displayed in his 4.9 turnovers per game, defensive rating of 116.6, and his size (6-1, 180 pounds). Frank Ntilikina (6-4, 200 pounds), will have a significant size advantage in this matchup. Ntilikina has become a phenomenal defender in his 3rd season, averaging 1.4 steals per game. He has had issues with scoring his entire career, averaging a career-high 6.1 points per game this season. Ntilikina will look to utilize his size and defensive prowess to force Young to take bad shots and turn the ball over tonight. He will look to drive against Young and penetrate into the paint on offense.

Inactives

Knicks- Wayne Ellington, Allonzo Trier, and Reggie Bullock

Hawks- Chandler Parsons

Key Statistics

  1. The Atlanta Hawks are 22nd in the NBA, shooting 44.9% from the floor. The Knicks are last in the NBA, shooting 42.4% from the floor.
  2. New York is 24th in the NBA, shooting 34.4% from three. Atlanta is last in the NBA, shooting 31.7% from three.
  3. The Hawks shoot 75% from the foul line, 21st in the NBA. The Knicks shoot 67.9% from the foul line, last in the NBA.
  4. The Knicks lead the NBA, grabbing 12.2 offensive rebounds per game. The Hawks are 28th in the NBA, grabbing 32.1 defensive rebounds per game.
  5. Atlanta averages 23.6 assists per game, 17th in the NBA. New York averages 20.1 assists per game, last in the NBA.
  6. New York is 10th in the NBA, only averaging 14.6 turnovers per game. Atlanta is last in the NBA, averaging 17.5 turnovers per game.
  7. The Knicks have 4.7 of their shots blocked per game, 12th in the NBA. The Hawks have 7 of their shots blocked per game, 29th in the NBA.
  8. Atlanta is 24th in the NBA and New York is 25th in the NBA, both averaging 22.8 fouls per game.
  9. The Hawks are 12th in the NBA, drawing 21.5 fouls per game. The Knicks are 23rd in the NBA, drawing 20.1 fouls per game.
  10. New York owns a defensive rating of 112.6, 25th in the NBA. Atlanta owns a defensive rating of 113.6, 25th in the NBA.
  11. The Hawks are 10th in the NBA in Pace, 102.43. The Knicks are 27th in Pace, 98.31. 

Keys To Winning

New York will need to contain Trae Young, generate turnovers, and own the paint. Trae Young is easily the Hawks best player and if the Knicks can contain him, that will cripple Atlanta’s offense. Atlanta averages the most turnovers in the NBA and if the Knicks continue to play with a high, defensive intensity, they should create lots of turnovers tonight. The Hawks have a porous, interior defense, allowing opponents to score 51.9 points in the paint per game (27th in the NBA). Julius Randle should take advantage of this and have a big night offensively.

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