Will Steph Curry Play Tonight? Golden State Warriors vs New York Knicks: Injury Updates, Lineup and Game Predictions

Published 01/21/2021, 12:28 PM EST
Jan 8, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) returns to defense after a three point basket against the Los Angeles Clippers during the third quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports


The Golden State Warriors have established themselves as a genuine Top-8 team in the Western Conference. However, with teams like Denver and Dallas outside the converted top flight and still rising, there are still many questions around which teams will end up in the Playoffs. With the loss of Klay Thompson, the Warriors will definitely remain an uncertainty.

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A team that was definitely considered out of the Playoffs, the New York Knicks. However, their season has been better than expected. Considering how the bottom of the East is always a little open, the Knicks will look to end their playoff drought this year.

The Knicks will enter the game against GSW with Frank Ntilikina and Alec Burks out, with Austin Rivers possibly missing the game as well. Meanwhile, the Warriors will continue to miss Klay Thompson, Alen Smailagic, and Marquese Chriss.

GSW are currently 5th in the West with a record of 8-6. The Knicks are 8th in the East and have a record of 7-8. But can they pull a big win off against GSW?

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This is a hard game to call, even if people may have GSW winning it at face value. While their chances are definitely higher, the Knicks actually have a competent roster in matchups with the Warriors.

They have guards that can defend in RJ Barrett and Elfrid Payton. They have a decent big in Mitchell Robinson.

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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

However, they do lack firepower on the wing, unlike GSW. Andrew Wiggins and Kelly Oubre may not be elite, but both are very talented. Draymond Green is a good matchup against Julius Randle, inarguably the star for the Knicks this season.

For our prediction, we just have to go with the Golden State Warriors. While the matchups are interesting, Steph Curry is the ultimate wildcard in basketball.

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Even if Payton or Barrett could slow him down, nobody can stop him. If the supporting cast does their job, this could be a comfortable win for the Warriors.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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