Will Julius Randle Play Tonight? San Antonio Spurs vs New York Knicks: Predictions, Injury Updates & Lineups

Published 05/13/2021, 10:45 AM EDT
Dec 13, 2020; Detroit, Michigan, USA; New York Knicks forward Julius Randle (30) gets defended by Detroit Pistons guard Killian Hayes (7) during the first quarter at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports


The San Antonio Spurs face off against the Eastern Conference surprise package, the New York Knicks, tonight at 7:30 PM EST.

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After an amazing victory against the Clippers, the Knicks were the clear favorites going up against a Lakers’ side who were missing multiple starters from their roster. After 53 minutes of a slugfest between both the teams, the Lakers emerged victorious, beating the Knicks 101-99. This loss had major implications for the Knickerbockers as they dropped to the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference. Although the Knicks have qualified for the playoffs, they will be determined to win their remaining games and hope to improve their seeding in the East.

The Spurs, meanwhile, also suffered a loss in their most recent game as they were easily dismantled by the Brooklyn Nets 128-116. While the Pelicans are out of contention from the play in tournament, the Sacramento Kings are breathing down their necks. The Spurs have to win at least one or two of their remaining games to solidify their position in the play in tournament.

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Predictions

The Knicks might have suffered from a loss in their latest game, but showed how troubling they can be to top teams, especially in the defensive end. Given the form they have shown in their recent West coast trip and the fact that the Spurs have been massively inconsistent, the Knicks surely have an edge against the Spurs in this match-up.

New York Knicks: Injury updates and lineup prediction

The Knicks might miss some players due to injuries. Center Mitchell Robinson is sidelined with a foot injury, and might not make his return this season. Rookie Immanuel Quickley and Alec Burks are questionable against the Spurs.

Feb 7, 2021; New York, New York, USA; Head coach Tom Thibodeau of the New York Knicks speaks with Julius Randle #30 during the game against the Miami Heat at Madison Square Garden on February 07, 2021 in New York City. Mandatory Credit: Mike Stobe/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

Guards Derrick Rose and Reggie Bullock are also questionable as they recover from ankle injuries. The Knicks have to win their remaining games if they want to improve their seeding.

Probable Lineup

RJ Barrett (G)

Elfrid Payton (G)

Julius Randle (F)

Reggie Bullock (F)

Nerlens Noel (C)

San Antonio Spurs: Injury updates and lineup prediction

The Spurs will miss two players due to injury concerns. Forward Trey Lyles and guard Derrick White are out indefinitely due to ankle injuries. With the Kings getting some form, the Spurs have to win at least a game if they want to cement their position in the play-in tournament.

Dec 23, 2020; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan (10) shoots against Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant (12) during the second half at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

Probable Lineup

Dejounte Murray (G)

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Devin Vassell (G)

DeMar DeRozan (F)

Keldon Johnson (F)

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Jakob Poetl (C)

Who will win between the New York Knicks and the San Antonio Spurs? Let us know in the comments below.

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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