NBA Picks: San Antonio Spurs vs. New York Knicks

San Antonio Spurs at New York Knicks
Thursday, 1/3/13, 7:30 PM EST, TV:  MSG
Opening Point Spread:  New York PK
Current Betting Line:  New York PK
Opening Total:  205
Current Total:  202.5
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The San Antonio Spurs are 41-18-4 ATS versus Eastern Conference opponents

San Antonio has won seven games in a row, including a 117-110 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks as 5.5-point road favorites last night, while going OVER the total for the first time in three contests.  The Spurs are shooting 53.4 percent from the field and averaging 111.7 points during their current run, as forward Tim Duncan and point guard Tony Parker combined to score 51 points Wednesday night.  San Antonio is 5-2 ATS when playing on back-to-back days this year, which is important to consider when making your NBA picks against the spread.

The Spurs are 12-6 overall on the road this season, including a 6-1 mark versus Western Conference opponents.  San Antonio hasn’t dropped back-to-back games in this series since the 2002-03 campaign, as it looks to gain revenge from a 104-100 loss as 5.5-point home favorites on Nov. 15.  Parker paced the team offensively in scoring 19 points and dishing out 12 assists.

New York has fallen off a bit since starting out the season as one of the hottest teams in the NBA, as it looks to snap a two-game losing streak, which includes a 105-100 defeat to the Portland Trail Blazers as 9.5-point home favorites Tuesday night.  “Defensively, we are not where we were earlier in the season,” stated Knicks head coach Mike Woodson.  The team will be trying to avoid its first three-game losing streak of the 2012-13 campaign, but has gone 6-7 ATS versus winning teams.

The Knicks are led offensively by forward Carmelo Anthony, who is averaging 29.2 points per game, as they look to improve upon their 12-3 record at Madison Square Garden.  New York was paced by Raymond Felton’s 25 points and seven assists in the first meeting in the Lone Star State, but he’s out for this game with a fractured finger on his right hand.  J.R. Smith has become a quality scoring option off the bench, averaging a career-high 16.5 points and 5.2 rebounds per game.

Sports bettors will likely back the Spurs due to their 41-18-4 ATS mark versus Eastern Conference teams, while the Knicks are 0-5-1 ATS versus Western Conference foes.

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