Will Steph Curry & Draymond Green Play Tonight? New York Knicks vs Golden State Warriors: Preview & Predictions

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February 23, 2021 10:00 pm

The high-flying New York Knicks play hosts to the former NBA superpower Golden State Warriors in this matchup. Both teams can’t afford to take their foot off the pedal as they are facing consistent pressure from those below for the Playoff places. While the Knicks lie seventh in the East with a 15-16 record, the Warriors place eighth in the West with a 16-15 record.

Date & Time: February 23, 2021, 7:30pm ET

Venue: Madison Square Garden, New York

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

Preview | New York Knicks

The Knicks are on a roll; they have won six out of their last nine games. Masterminded by Tom Thibodeau, they are one of the best defensive teams in the league. Plus, Julius Randle is leading them on the court with 23.2 points and 11 rebounds a game.

Having the likes of Derrick Rose and Immanuel Quickley off the bench isn’t too bad for them either. Mitchell Robinson will continue to sit out after his hand surgery.

Starting 5 for the New York Knicks

Guard – Elfrid Payton

Guard – RJ Barrett

Center – Nerlens Noel

Forward – Julius Randle

Forward – Reggie Bullock

Preview | Golden State Warriors

The Warriors arrive into this game with not much positivity, after having thrown the game away late in the fourth quarter against the Charlotte Hornets. They have now lost their previous two games and will be looking to turn things around.

The referee ejected Draymond Green, though he is not suspended for this match. Steph Curry also sat out the loss against the Hornets after feeling unwell.

He should be fit and raring to go for this one, while James Wiseman is likely to return after a layoff because of a wrist injury. Curry will be the key player once again, but he will have to be at his MVP-level to give the Warriors a chance.

Starting 5 for the Golden State Warriors

Guard – Steph Curry

Guard – Kelly Oubre Jr.

Center – James Wiseman

Forward – Draymond Green

Forward – Andrew Wiggins

Predictions | Knicks vs Warriors

On paper, the Warriors look like the more talented bunch. However, the Knicks have been grinding out results this season. And should the Warriors not come out of the blocks quickly, they may pounce upon and steal the win from them too.

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Bharat Aggarwal

Bharat Aggarwal works as a multi-sports author for EssentiallySports. His interests in sports include but are not limited to NBA and Formula 1. He completed his Bachelor's degree in Commerce from Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of commerce, Delhi University. He has previously worked as a sports copywriter and social media handler for Multiple Cricket gaming apps.

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