Perhaps Biggest Mismatch Of Season On NBA Odds As Knicks Visit Warriors

Biggest Mismatch Of Season On NBA Odds As Knicks Visit Warriors

Written by on March 13, 2015

I’d like to tell you that the New York Knicks, the team with the NBA’s worst record, have any prayer of upsetting the Golden State Warriors, the club with the league’s best mark, on Saturday night in Oakland. I’d like to tell you that. The Warriors opened as 19-point favorites on NBA odds with a total of 200.5.

Perhaps Biggest Mismatch Of Season On NBA Odds As Knicks Visit Warriors

Time: Saturday, 10:30 p.m. ET Venue: Oracle Arena, Oakland National TV: None Opening line: Warriors -19 (200.5)    

NBA Odds Analysis and Game Preview

Frankly, the actual game on the court has no story line worth mentioning. It should be a rout. However, the one intriguing thing linking these franchises is current Warriors head coach Steve Kerr. He won a few NBA titles playing under Phil Jackson, and of course Jackson is now in charge of the Knicks. It was thought that Jackson had a deal with Kerr in place this offseason to be Jackson’s first head-coaching hire. Reports had it a done deal. Except that Golden State swooped in and gave Kerr, who had never coached at any level, an offer. It looks like an easy decision with the way things have worked out, but it wasn’t so clear cut at the time. Remember, the Knicks were widely expected to be a playoff team this year and it’s one of the marquee franchises in the NBA. Plus Kerr would have to follow the very successful Mark Jackson with the Warriors. But at the last minute, Kerr told Jackson he wanted the Golden State job, in large part because Kerr lives on the West Coast. Jackson gave his blessing. “It was difficult because I’m very, very close with (Jackson) and I feel like I’m indebted to him for much of what’s transpired in my career,” Kerr said. Obviously that was the right move as Kerr might win NBA Coach of the Year and Golden State is going to set a franchise record for wins and be the favorite to win the Western Conference when the playoffs begin next month. Jackson picked Derek Fisher, another of his former players who had never coached, and the Knicks are a train wreck, although it’s hard to pin that on Fisher. There’s just little talent on the team, especially now that Carmelo Anthony is done for the year. The Knicks ended a five-game losing streak with a 101-94 victory at the L.A. Lakers on Friday. Tim Hardaway Jr. returned from a two-game injury absence and led New York with 22 points. Alexey Shved had 14 points and 11 rebounds. The Russian has been playing well of late, averaging 15.4 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.6 assists in the past five. He was a throw-in essentially in a trade with Houston last month. Golden State is playing the second of a back-to-back, having visited resurgent Denver on Friday with the Warriors looking for their sixth straight victory. Golden State visited Madison Square Garden on Feb. 7 and won 106-92. Draymond Green, a guy the Knicks might  target in free agency this summer (if the Warriors can’t afford to re-sign him) had 20 points and 13 rebounds, and Steph Curry 22 points. The Knicks were down as much as 26 but cut it to five in the fourth quarter before the Warriors pulled away again. Anthony was rested in that game. Langston Galloway led the Knicks with 15 points.

Key Betting Trends

New York is 4-7-1 ATS in its last 12 games New York is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games The total has gone UNDER in 4 of New York’s last 5 games New York is 2-4-1 ATS in its last 7 games on the road Golden State is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games Golden State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Golden State’s last 5 games

Consider This Before Placing Your Bet

That’s one of the biggest spreads of the year. The Knick are pros too, if not very good ones. Take the points and go over the total.