5 things to watch: Spurs vs. Knicks

The San Antonio Spurs (5-1) are back on the road as they visit the New York Knicks (2-3) for an early afternoon tussle in Madison Square Garden.

The Spurs are coming off a 76-74 win over the Warriors in San Antonio. Kawhi Leonard led San Antonio with 13 points and 7 rebounds. Tony Parker chipped in with 18 points in the win.

The Knicks are coming off a 101-91 win over Charlotte. Carmelo Anthony led New York with 26 points. J.R. Smith is set to return to the Knicks after serving a five game suspension for violating the league's anti-drug program.

And as the Spurs look to extend their three-game winning streak to four games, here are five things to watch for in today's matchup:

• Tim Duncan has three consecutive games with five-or-more assists.

• Tony Parker is averaging 20.7 points on 59.5 percent shooting during the Spurs' three-game winning streak.

• Tiago Spitter has led San Antonio in rebounding five times this season. He is averaging 8.2 rebounds this season.

• The Spurs are 0-1 on the road when their opponent scores 100 points or more.

• The Spurs are 2-0 on the road when they outshoot their opponent.

5 things to watch: Spurs vs. Knicks

The San Antonio Spurs (7-1) will host the lone undefeated team in the NBA New York Knicks (5-0) tonight in New York's only visit to the Alamo City.

The Spurs are coming off a thrilling 84-82 win over the Lakers where Danny Green's game-winning three sealed the win for San Antonio. During the team's West coast swing, the Spurs went 3-1 with their only loss to the Clippers. 

The Knicks are off to a terrific start and are undefeated for the first time since the 1993-94 season where they went 7-0 to start the season. New York is coming off a 99-89 win over the Magic to start a three-game road trip.

The game will also mark a return for Knicks' Steve Novak who played with the Spurs in 2011 and for James White who was with the silver and black from 2006-2007. Also, fellow Argentina countrymen Manu Ginobili and Knicks' Pablo Prigioni will be reunited.

And as these two teams get set to tangle at the AT&T Center, here are five things to watch for during the game:

• New York has lost nine straight games in San Antonio with their last win in the Alamo City on March 18, 2003.

• The Knicks are holding teams to an NBA best 38.6 points in the second half.

• The Knicks have won all five of their games by 10 points or more.

• The Spurs are 3-0 at home (6-0 overall) when they outscore their opponent in the paint.

• The Spurs are 3-0 at home (4-0 overall) when leading at halftime at the AT&T Center.