Nets vs. Knicks Pick
Which struggling NBA franchise will emerge with a win tonight when the New York Knicks host the Brooklyn Nets at 7:30PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Knicks are slightly favored at home, as they are getting odds of -4 points against the Nets. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 222 points. The Knicks have won two of the three meetings with the Nets this season, with the winner covering the spread in all three games.
The Knicks snapped a three-game losing streak with an 87-81 win over the Pacers on Tuesday to get to 27-41 on the season. The Knicks are six games out of the playoff race in the East right now. New York is 35-33 against the spread on the season. The Knicks have been a defensive mess, allowing 108.4 points per game this season. Offensively, New York puts up 105.2 points per game. At home, the defensive average dips down to 106.5 per game. Carmelo Anthony is averaging 23 points and 6 rebounds per game to lead the team this season. Kristaps Porzingis is averaging 18 points and 7.2 rebounds per game, but he is doubtful to play tonight because of a thigh injury.
The Nets are coming off a 122-104 loss to the Thunder at home on Tuesday. They have lost three of their last four games to fall to 12-54 on the season. Brooklyn is the only in the NBA eliminated from the playoffs. Despite the losses, the Nets have covered in four of their last five games and are 30-33-3 ATS on the season. Brooklyn is allowing 114.2 points per game this season and 116.3 on the road. Offensively, the Nets put up 105.7 points per game. Brook Lopez has been leading the team with 20.5 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. Jeremy Lin adds 14.3 points and 4.9 assists per contest.
The Knicks aren’t a team to feel great about, but you have to take them giving up just four points to the Nets. Brooklyn is a disaster of a team this season. Despite covering lately, they are still losing by more than four points in those games. Carmelo should be eager for a high-scoring night against this defense and he will lead the Knicks to a cover.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: NEW YORK KNICKS -4