Pro Basketball Odds — Knicks Need Better Showing Against Warriors on Sunday

Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors 2014
The New York Knicks continue to believe a very perplexing team. After all, there appeared to be an opportunity for them to take advantage the Atlanta Hawks tripping up yet again, but even though Atlanta has lost six consecutive games, the next have still not caught up to them for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. On Sunday night New York may face an uphill battle beating the pro basketball odds as it travels to Oakland and the Oracle Arena to take on the Golden State Warriors, in a game that tips off at 9:05 PM Eastern time.

The Knicks had an eight-game winning streak broken against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Madison Square Garden, when they blew a 17-point lead. Then they went on a West Coast road trip, and though they beat the Sacramento Kings, they have been blown out by the Phoenix Suns and (heaven help us) the Los Angeles Lakers. Are they a desperate bunch? Well, let’s put it this way – time is running out for them, with just nine games left. And they do not appear to be in the most favorable matchup against the Warriors, who currently sport a record of 45-27 straight-up and are in sixth place in the West. New York has a 30-43 straight-up mark and it obviously is a statement about the East that they are still in contention.

In the pro basketball odds that have been posted on this game by the people at Get That Bet, the Warriors are laying some points:

Pro Basketball Odds Courtesy of Get That Bet USA Sportsbook

Golden State Warriors -6.5
New York Knicks +6.5
Over 202 points -110
Under 202 points -110

What happens in the next nine games with the Knicks is going to impact some of the moves Phil Jackson makes in the off-season in his new role as president of the team. That could include coaching and/or personnel changes, although he does insist that Carmelo Anthony will be part of the picture. Well, this team has every opportunity to make a statement to Jackson the rest of the way, and certainly can make a very powerful statement to basketball bettors with a strong showing against the Warriors, who destroyed them last time out, at the Garden, with a 126-103 victory, powered by a triple-double on the part of Stephen Curry. The last time the Knicks visited Oakland, it was also tragic, as they shot 27% on the way to a 92-63 defeat.

Get That Bet customers must take note that there will probably not be a full roster on hand for Golden State on Sunday night. Center Andrew Bogut (pelvis) and power forward David Lee (hamstring) are both listed as doubtful for this one, which would probably force Warriors coach Mark Jackson, the former Knick point guard, into employing a smaller lineup.

If the emphasis is on Curry, it might be difficult for Golden State to go wrong. That is because he has averaged 32 points against the Knicks the last five times he has faced them. Over that stretch he has shot 63% from three-point range.

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