New York Knicks guard RJ Barrett (sprained right index finger) and forward Obi Topin (displaced right fibula head fracture) are out for Thursday night’s road game against the San Antonio Spurs.
Both players are out indefinitely. Of course, Jalen Brunson (hip) is listed as questionable. New York is 6-4 in their last 10 games, but the team is currently on a four game skid.
Across multiple NBA betting sites, the Knicks have the 12th-lowest odds to win the championship in 2023. Few sportsbooks are giving better odds to the Atlanta Hawks and Miami Heat.
Injury information for tomorrow’s game.
Jalen Brunson (right hip soreness)
RJ Barrett (broken right index finger)
Obi Toppin (undisplaced right fibular head fracture) pic.twitter.com/qH9I21RPuS
— New York Knicks (@nyknicks) December 28, 2022
Barrett suffered a sprained finger in the first two minutes of the Knicks’ 126-121 overtime loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday. New York made history for the wrong reasons. They took a 9-point lead with only 33 seconds left in the game.
Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic had 60 points, 21 rebounds and 10 assists. It was the first 60/21/10 performance by a player in NBA history. Also, over the past 20 seasons, teams are 0-13,884 when trailing by at least 9 points in 35 or fewer seconds.
“I thought we played well,” Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau said after the loss. “He didn’t close out the last 30 seconds of the game.”
The Knicks’ RJ Barrett (right toe), Obi Toppin (right leg) are out against the Spurs.
In 35 starts this season, Barrett is averaging 19.7 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. He also shot 42.7 percent from the field and 33.2 percent from beyond the arc.
The Knicks are much worse without Barrett, Brunson and Toppin. Toppin is averaging 7.7 points, 3.8 boards and 1.0 assists in 25 games off the bench. He shot 42.1% from the floor and a career-best 35.1% from 3-point range.
Meanwhile, the Spurs have three players listed as questionable: Doug McDermott (knee), Keldon Johnson (back) and Devin Vassell (knee). San Antonio is 5-5 in the last 10 contests.
Spurs injury report tomorrow night against the Knicks
– Blake Wesley (assigned)
– Charles Bassey (Two-Way)
– Dominic Ballou (Two Ways)
Can be asked
– Kelden Johnson (back strength)
– Devin Vassell (knee strain)
– Doug McDermott (knee strain)
— Matthew Tynan (@Matthew_tynan) December 28, 2022
Per popular betting trends, the Knicks are 0-5 in their last five games against Southwest Division opponents. New York is 9-3 ATS in their last 12 contests. The Spurs are 4-11 in their last 15 home games. San Antonio is 5-15 in its last 20 contests.
According to ESPN’s Basketball Power Index, the Knicks have a 70% chance of beating San Antonio on the road. Sportsbooks have not yet released betting lines for Thursday night’s interconference showdown. However, New York is the predicted favorite.