At one point in the season, the Knicks were the class of the Eastern Conference, but they have been struggling of late. They have lost five of their last seven, have fallen to third place in the Eastern Conference and they only have a 1.5 game lead over Brooklyn in the Atlantic Division.
The Warriors are also in the midst of rough stretch. They have lost seven of their last ten games and are currently in sixth place in the Western Conference.
Both of these teams have suspect defenses, and that has been the main source of their recent slides. But what they lack on the defensive end, each team makes up with by having explosive offenses.
The Knicks have had a tough time against the Warriors of late. They have lost 14 of their last 19 contests against Golden State, including a 3-6 record at home.
Each team averages over 100 points per game and both have explosive perimeter scorers.
The Knicks are led by Carmelo Anthony, who is averaging 28.4 points per game and 6.5 rebounds per game.
The Warriors have an offensive star of their own in Stephen Curry. Curry is averaging 21.3 points per game and 6.5 assists per game. He also shoots 44 percent from three point range and is one of the best three-point shooters in the NBA.
The difference in this game will be the play of the big men. Forward David Lee will look to have a big game against his former team. Lee played five seasons with the Knicks and has been a huge asset for the Warriors since arriving in Golden State.
This year he is averaging a double-double per night. Lee is second on the team with 19 points per game and leads the team in rebounds per game with 11.1.
Although the Knicks do not have one dominant low-post presence like Lee, they have two very good forwards that have been productive.
Amar’e Stoudemire is averaging 13.7 points per game and five rebounds per game, and he is coming off one of his most productive offensive games of the season. Stoudemire scored 22 points and five rebounds in Sunday’s game against the 76ers.
He is joined in the frontcourt by Tyson Chandler. Although Chandler does not bring as much production to the offensive end, he still averages a double-double per game with 11.3 points per game and 11.1 rebounds per game.
Combined with each team’s defensive deficiencies and their offensive prowess, there will be plenty of points scored in The Garden Wednesday night. The team that comes out on top may be the last team to have the ball.
Look for the game to be close through three quarters, but, because the Warriors played a very physical game against the Pacers on Tuesday night, fatigue will be a factor and the Knicks will pull away in the fourth quarter for a much needed win.
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