With the 2015-16 NBA Regular Season winding down towards the All-Star break which starts on the 12th of February 2016 we now have on Sunday the 31st of January with the 42-4 Golden State Warriors (1st Western Conference) playing the 23-26 New York Knicks (9th Eastern Conference) with the game tip-off at 7:0 PM ET and played at the Madison Square Garden in New York, New York and seen on NBA TV. So if you Bet on NBA at a sportsbook, keep reading for the preview of this game.
Last season Golden State climbed to the top of the NBA as they played through a dangerous Western Conference and finally beat the Cavaliers of Cleveland in the finals to take the Championship Title for the 2014-15 seasons. They did that by overcoming the competition during the regular NBA season as they won some 67 games and with a lot of 3-point action.
Primarily their starting roster never was a concern with the exception that D. Green reached free agency this past summer but the Warriors as expected signed the talented Green again as they headed into defending their last season 2014-15 NBA Title this 2015-16 season.
Some things that took place over the Summer as the Warriors had traded D. Lee formerly of the Knicks was traded to the Celtics for G. Wallace and C. Babb, then the Warriors sent Wallace and some cash to Philadelphia for J. Thompson a forward.
Preceding this game the Warriors were in Philadelphia playing the 76’ers then travel to New York to play the Knicks on back to back road games, which should not affect them with the way they been playing this season. This season the Knicks have improved but not enough to be a good match-up for the Warriors who have the NBA’s best backcourt in Curry and Thompson who shine in comparison and Curry still leads the NBA in scoring this 2015-16 seasons. While their D. Green many times is overlooked, but he leads the teams in blocks, rebounds and assists this season, and being with the Warrior only enhances his improve his talents in this game. On Monday of last week the Warriors beat the Spurs 120-90 then on Wednesday beat the Mavericks 127-107
With this game with the Warriors being at Madison Square Garden the Knicks to date are playing just under .500 balls and the team has exceeded their wins of last year. They also could possibly make the Eastern Conference playoffs even as their conference has a lot more competition this 2015-16 seasons.
The just halted a losing streak as the beat the Sun of Phoenix this past Friday 102-84 and get a small break to rest a bit before they take on the top team in the NBA the Warriors of G.S. Also important is the fact that they had star C. Anthony return as a starter, and if you’re going up against the best, you need your best player in the floor. They also have their star rookie K. Porzingis back in the starting role. Yes, lately they have surprise their fans, but I don’t know if the Knicks are capable of an upset.
This game at Madison Square Garden gives the New York fans an opportunity to see the defending NBA Champs in person and their very high powered and talented offense and the Splash Brothers in New York for the 1st time they play each other at the Garden.
Last season the Warriors easily beat the Knicks on 2 occasions, and fans wonder whether their team with its new twist has the defensive ability to shut down the Warrior powerful offense. The Warriors Curry in there with New York game at the Garden in 2013 scored 54 points, and since then has no less than 22 each game they have played since against the Knicks.
As mentioned earlier the good news for the Knicks is their day of rest prior to this game while the Warriors are playing in Philadelphia Saturday night and then travel to New York to play the Knicks on Sunday night as they finish their 3 game road trip.
The sports betting prediction for this game played at the Madison Square Garden in New York is that the New York Knicks can’t compete with the powerful Golden State Warriors who will win this event and the final score is your guess!