The Golden State Warriors are 0-2 on a four-game trip through the Eastern Conference but are expecting Stephen Curry, Kevon Looney and rookie No. 2 overall pick James Wiseman all to return from illness/injury on Tuesday night at the New York Knicks even though they technically are listed as questionable as of this writing – they all practiced in full Monday. The Dubs are 1.5-point favorites on the William Hill Sportsbook NBA odds.
Curry missed Saturday's 102-100 loss in Charlotte because he wasn't feeling well; obviously, that's especially cause for concern these days, but it was nothing COVID-related. Curry, who went through pregame warmups, was scratched just prior to tipoff and replaced in the starting lineup by Mychal Mulder. Missing that game had to really burn Curry considering he grew up in the Charlotte area and starred collegiately nearby at Davidson. Curry is averaging 29.9 points, 6.2 assists and 5.4 rebounds per game this season.
Wiseman was an early favorite for NBA Rookie of the Year at William Hill but that role now clearly belongs to the Hornets' LaMelo Ball at -600. Wiseman has been out since Jan. 30 due to a wrist injury. The 7-footer is averaging 12.2 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game. He had been shifted to bench duty by Coach Steve Kerr before the injury.
That Golden State frontcourt has really been thin with the 6-foot-9 Looney also out since Feb. 2 with an ankle problem. Kerr began starting Looney over Wiseman for defensive reasons. Looney is averaging 3.7 points and 4.1 rebounds in about 15 minutes per game.
Golden State was upset as a 5-point home favorite by the Knicks on Jan. 21. Curry had 30 points and Draymond Green was ejected late in the first half on a very questionable technical foul for yelling at his own teammate Wiseman. RJ Barrett had 28 points for the Knicks and Julius Randle 16 points, 17 rebounds and nine assists.
New York doesn't have anyone significant injured other than center Mitchell Robinson, who is out through the All-Star break after surgery to repair his fractured right hand about a week ago.
The Warriors have won their past six at Madison Square Garden, though. Curry had a very memorable game there way back on Feb. 27, 2013, with 54 points on 11-for-13 shooting from deep and playing all 48 minutes. He was the first-ever 50-point scorer to also hit at least 10 three-pointers. That actually was the Knicks' last home win in the series. New York is 4-1 against the spread in its past five at home this season.
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