Fresh off a 117-109 victory over the Boston Celtics at TD Garden, the Knicks (5-14) are back in action at Madison Square Garden against the 10-8 New Orleans Pelicans. Here’s what to look for in tonight’s Friday Night Knicks matchup.
Over the past four games, Trey Burke has been on fire, averaging 25.8 points, 4.3 assists, and 3.3 rebounds per game, shooting 59 percent from the field and 45 percent from beyond the arc. Burke had his best game of the season on Wednesday, dropping 29 points, 11 assists, and six rebounds in a shocking victory over the Boston Celtics.
His signature moment came when he iced the game with a three-pointer, giving the Knicks a six-point lead with just 12 seconds left:
TREY BURKE. ICE. pic.twitter.com/Agr1oM9y9f
— The Knicks Wall (@TheKnicksWall) November 22, 2018
Burke seems to have returned to his late 2017–18 season form and has shown no signs of slowing down.
Davis has averaged 26.6 points and 12.7 rebounds per game so far this season, making him a legitimate early-season MVP candidate. Although the Knicks led most of the game when these two teams last met, Davis carried the Pelicans to a 129-124 victory. He posted a season-high 43 points and 17 rebounds in that game, going 16-of-25 from the field.
The Knicks have their work cut out for them, and Mitchell Robinson and Enes Kanter will be relied upon heavily to contain The Brow. It will be interesting to see who Fizdale uses to contain Davis, as Kanter continues to be a liability on defense.
After posting a 12-point performance in the Pelicans’ last game against Philadelphia, expect Davis to come out with a vengeance.
#WHOLETEAMDOT… Where are you?
After getting off to a strong start this season, Damyean Dotson has been absent the past two games. Literally. Dotson has been a DNP (coach’s decision) in the past two games, after starting nine of 19 games this season. Watch to see if Dotson returns to the court tonight, which should be expected after a two-game absence. If not, Fizdale has some explaining to do.