Knicks vs. Nets Prediction
The New York Knicks and the host Brooklyn Nets each lost their season opener two nights ago. Which side will earn their first victory of the season when the rivals do battle tonight?
Friday, October 25, 2019
Barclays Center at 7:40PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers, the Nets are a 9-point favorite to win on the spread line. The total is set at 225.5 points. As of Friday morning, 60 percent of public bets are coming in on host Brooklyn. Check out our NBA Public Betting Page for the latest information.
Knicks falter in fourth
New York lost by a score of 120-111 Wednesday night in its season opener at San Antonio. The Knicks were outscored 37-27 in the fourth quarter of the defeat. Julius Randle paced New York with 25 points on 10-of-18 shooting including 1-of-4 from 3-point range and 4-of-6 from the free throw line to go with 11 rebounds, six assists and three steals. Marcus Morris Sr. tallied a team-best 26 points to go with four boards and three steals. R.J. Barrett became the second-youngest player to score at least 20 points in his NBA debut as he accounted for 21 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals. Kevin Knox tallied 13 points and five rebounds off the bench. Elfrid Payton added 11 points, eight assists, five steals and two rebounds as a reserve.
Irving has huge Nets debut
Brooklyn dropped its opener at home Wednesday night against Minnesota as it fell by a count of 127-126 in overtime. The Nets overcame a 12-point halftime deficit, but then blew a fourth quarter lead before being outscored 12-11 in the extra session. Kyrie Irving poured in 50 points in his Nets debut as he shot 17-33 from the field, 7-of-14 from 3-point range and 9-of-10 at the free throw line to go with eight rebounds and seven assists. Caris LeVert pitched in with 20 points, five boards, four assists and three steals. Taurean Prince had 15 points, 11 rebounds, two assists and two steals. Joe Harris contributed 14 points, four rebounds and two assists. Spencer Dinwiddie added 14 points, three boards, two assists and two steals off the bench.
NBA Betting Trends
The Knicks are 0-8 ATS in their last eight Friday games. New York is 4-9 ATS in its last 13 games overall.
The Nets are 1-5 ATS in their last six home games. Brooklyn is 0-4 ATS in its last four games versus the Atlantic Division.
The Knicks fought valiantly into the fourth quarter at the Spurs two nights ago, but let's be realistic. This isn't a very talented team and there is a definite youth movement that is going to have its fair share of low moments. Barrett had a surprisingly good debut, but it wouldn't shock many people to see him throw up a dud tonight. There's a definite learning curve in the NBA and no one sparkles consistently right off the bat. I think the Nets learned a few things the other night and with Irving showing he wants the ball in his hands in all situation, this seems to be another game where he can dominate offensively but in a decisive win this time.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: BROOKLYN NETS -9