The New York Knicks have won 4 out of their last five games to push them all the way up to the fourth seed. With wins over the Timberwolves, Kings, Pacers, and Pistons. RJ Barrett has also come alive as of late scoring twenty points in back-to-back victories. As February wraps up the Knicks have two interesting matchups in the first week of March. The first matchup is a battle in San Antonio against the Spurs. The second match-up is a rematch in Detroit against the Pistons. Let us take a deeper dive into those two matchups.
The San Antonio Spurs have currently won four out of their six matchups. Although COVID-19 safety precautions have caused the Spurs to miss four matchups in February. The Spurs currently hold the fifth seed in the western conference with a 17 and 12 record. The Spurs are led by DeMar DeRozan who is averaging 20 points per game this season. The Knicks will be in for a tough matchup as the last four opponents all have losing records outside of the Pacers.
Following the Skirmish in San Antonio, the Knicks will be heading back to the Mecca to face the Pistons. The last time the Knicks faced the Pistons they came away with a 109-90 victory in Detroit. The Pistons are currently the second worse team in the league with only nine wins in the year. Jerami Grant is the leading scorer for the Pistons averaging 23 points per game.
The Knicks’ four-game winning streak will be in jeopardy in San Antonio. However, if the club can pull out a victory against the Spurs. I can easily see the Knicks finishing the week 2 and 0. The Pistons offer extraordinarily little resistance against the Knicks. The garden faithful has been in for a treat this season. The Blue and Orange have not been this successful this late into the season since the Carmelo Anthony lead team in 2012-2013.