Golden State Warriors vs. NY Knicks Predictions 12/14/21

by | Dec 14, 2021 | nba

Golden State Warriors (22-5 SU, 17-9-1 ATS) vs. New York Knicks (12-15 SU, 11-16 ATS)
When: Tuesday December 14 2021, 07:30 PM (ET)
Where: Madison Square Garden: New York, New York
TV: NBCSBA

Point Spread: GSW -3.5/NYK 3.5 (Opened at GSW -4 at WagerWeb - Offers the BIGGEST NBA teasers on the planet! Up to 19 points!)
Total: 211.5 (Opened at 211.5 )
Money Line: Golden State -170/New York 145)
Power Rating: Warriors -9

Probable Starting Lineups

Warriors: PG Stephen Curry, SG Jordan Poole, SF Andrew Wiggins, PF Draymond Green, C Kevon Looney
Knicks: PG Alec Burks, SG Quentin Grimes, SF Evan Fournier, PF Julius Randle, C Nerlens Noel

Key Injuries

Warriors
Klay Thompson: knee (QUESTIONABLE) James Wiseman: knee (OUT)

Knicks
RJ Barrett: illness (OUT) Alec Burks: personal (PROBABLE) Obi Toppin: illness (OUT)

The Golden State Warriors enter today’s game, having won seven of their past ten games. When playing away from home, the Warriors are an above .500 team, having gone 8-3. As the road team, Golden State travels to New York with a positive plus-minus of rating 5.4 points. Overall the Warriors are ranked 1st among NBA teams in point differential (0.9). Among NBA teams, they have played the 26th toughest schedule.

For bettors, taking the Golden State Warriors to cover the spread has been a winning bet as they have covered in 65.40%% of their games. Their season-long plus-minus against the spread is 5.4.

On offense, the team’s leading scorer is PG Stephen Curry. So far, Curry is averaging 27.04 points per game, placing him first among point guards. Behind him is Andrew Wiggins, adding 18.4 points per contest. Draymond Green has been in charge of cleaning up the glass, hauling in 7.92 boards per game.

The New York Knicks enter today’s game, having lost three straight games. This string of losses comes as part of the team going 3-7 in their last ten contests. As they take on the Warriors at home, the Knicks have a negative home plus-minus of -4.7 points. Overall the Knicks are ranked 22nd among NBA teams in point differential (1.7). This has come while playing the 18th toughest schedule.

For bettors, taking the New York Knicks to cover the spread has been a losing bet as they are covering in 40.70% of their games. Their season-long plus-minus against the spread is -3.3.

On offense, the team’s leading scorer is PF Julius Randle. So far, Randle is averaging 19.11 points per game to go along with his ten rebounds. The Knicks’ best three-point shooter has been Evan Fournier, connecting on 2.48 shots from downtown per game.

An Eye On Pace

Coming into this game, the Golden State Warriors are the league’s 7th ranked team in pace. Through 27 games, the team is averaging 99.3 possessions per game. On the other side, New York prefers to play at a more deliberate tempo, as they are the 4th slowest team in the NBA. Look for both teams to hoist a lot of three-point shots. Even with the Knicks playing at a slow pace, they are still ranked 11th in three-point attempts.

Efficiencies And Matchups

If the New York Knicks hope to pull out a win by getting in a shootout with the Warriors, they are in for a long night. On the year, New York is allowing opponents to hit 35% of their three-point shots, placing them 19th among NBA defenses. Look for the Warriors to take advantage of this matchup as they are the 3rd best three-point shooting team in the NBA.

The Historicals

Tonight’s game will be the first matchup between Golden State and New York. Last year, each team won on each other’s home court.

How the Public is Betting the Warriors vs. Knicks

81% are betting the Warriors against the spread.
75% are wagering on the game to go Over the posted total of 211.5

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Betting Trends Worth Noting

Warriors are 7-2 ATS in their last nine road games vs. a team with a home winning % of less than .400.
Warriors are 20-8-1 ATS in their last 29 games as a favorite.
Knicks are 1-4 ATS in their last five games following a straight-up loss.
Knicks are 1-5 ATS in their last six games overall.

Joe’s Pick To Cover The Spread

The New York Knicks came into the season looking to build on last year’s success. However, their recent struggles have them sitting 12th in the Eastern Conference. A meeting with the Golden State Warriors is not an ideal matchup for a team looking to get back on track. Even with the Warriors playing on back-to-back nights, look for Steph Curry and company to pick up the win by a margin that covers the spread.

Prop Bets Worth Wagering

My favorite prop bet of the night is to take Julius Randle to put up a double-double with points and rebounds. Look for Randle to come out very aggressive as he hopes to will his team to a win. Bet your NBA picks FREE this week by taking advantage of a 100% REAL CASH bonus on your first deposit of $100 to $1000 at Betnow Sportsbook!