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Game Preview: Knicks at Spurs, 10/23/19

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New year, new team.

RJ Bare-ist.
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Today’s the day! We’ve been teasing up to it and now we’re finally cutting the ribbon. Welcome to the 2019-20 season. The Knicks have a brand new team, with a brand old look. Yet possibly an upturned outlook.

According to The Tarot Guide the reversed devil card is a good sign.

In a general context, The Devil reversed can signify that you are becoming aware of the things that have been trapping you and the role you play in allowing them to. It is a great card for anyone battling an addiction or mental illness or engaging in harmful behaviour as it indicates that you are starting to see the light and take back control of yourself and your life.

Plenty more there for mystics and cynics alike.


Projected Starters

David Fizdale will be announcing his lineup today. He probably pulled an all nighter trying to figure it out. Knowing Fiz, it will change every week or so after the first month. For now, if I had to guess (and I do), here ya have it.

The Spurs could go Trey Lyles in place of Jakob Poltl but I bet they’ll go interior big for this matchup. The Knicks... I dunno what they’re thinking. Fizdaaaaaale!

Just kidding, I bet RJ Barrett starts and Allonzo Trier does not. Also Mitchell Robinson will definitely start in place of Bobby Portis (if he’s healthy). We still make jokes here, right? I already have your click.

Key Matchup & Prediction

The Spurs are a fine German automobile and they’re fresh out the shop. The Knicks are a Pickman truck holding all your stuff and just trying to get around while being super cost-effective.

The point guard matchup is what matters. Who knows who starts or who finishes for New York. But my guess is Frank Ntilikina does not start, which allows Dejounte Murray to get cooking right away. Later on Ntilikina will get a crack at Murray, only to be pulled with time winding down and the team starting to click.

Knicks by -4.

Warm Up Music

I’m so excited to have a new season of Knicks basketball and you look real cute. Let’s party!