The New York Knicks head back home tonight to begin a four-game homestand, looking to continue their hot stretch and bring that road magic back home at Madison Square Garden.
New York has had their struggles at home this season, as they are just 7-7 at The Mecca so far this season. However, they are starting to turn it around at home, as they have won three consecutive home games, all of which a part of the Knicks’ season-high seven-game winning streak.
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The Knicks have a favorable matchup against Golden State
The Knicks will be looking to extend that winning streak against their first opponent on the homestand, the Golden State Warriors. The defending champions have been off to an inauspicious start to the season, as they are 15-16 and 11th in the Western Conference standings.
The Knicks have a very good chance to continue their winning ways tonight, as the Warriors will be without superstar Steph Curry tonight, as well as the foreseeable future. Curry suffered a shoulder injury against the Pacers last week, which has him sidelined for an extended period of time.
The Warriors are 1-4 without Curry this season, with their lone victory being their last game against the Toronto Raptors. They are still adjusting to life without their star, giving the Knicks an huge advantage given that their main pieces have stayed relatively healthy this season.
Also in the Knicks’ favor is Golden State’s road catastrophe. The Warriors are an NBA-worst 3-14 on the road this season, making the bulk of their struggles coming from games played outside of the Bay Area.
According to ESPN’s matchup predictor, the Knicks have a 73.2% chance to claim victory over the Warriors tonight.
However, despite all the pregame statistics favoring the Knicks, they still will have to keep their foot on the gas, as Jordan Poole and Klay Thompson have the capability to light New York up, especially from outside the arc.
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