New Jersey Nets vs. New York Knicks
The New York Knicks are 9-point home favorites over the New Jersey Nets tonight at Madison Square Garden.Â The over/under total for the game is set at 208.
The New Jersey Nets are 23-50 overall and 34-39 against the spread. Its really hard to think that the Nets only finally just got mathematically eliminated from the playoffs on Tuesday night when the Houston Rockets at home beat them 112-87. It was the third straight loss coming by double digits for New Jersey, and it marked the ninth straight game in which the team didnt score 100 points. The last time that it dropped 100 in a game in regulation was in England against the Toronto Raptors on March 4th. Get used to this theme of virtually no offense. New Jersey ranks No. 28 in the league in scoring at 93.5 points per game, and it really hasnt done that entire well without Deron Williams in the fold. Williams is averaging 14.8 points and 13.1 assists per game since coming over from the Utah Jazz, but he has missed just as many games as he has played in due to a wrist injury. Brook Lopez is the teams leading scorer at 19.7 points per game, though we know that he just hasnt done that great of a job on the glass this year. Give credit to Kris Humphries though, as he is averaging 9.9 points per game and 10.4 boards per game.
The New York Knicks are 36-38 overall and 42-32 against the spread. Carmelo Anthony referred to it as a st win game for the Knicks on Monday night, and the Knicks got the job done by taking down the Orlando Magic in OT. Of course, what we have to remember about that game is that Orlando was playing without Jameer Nelson and JJ Redick, two of the key members of its rotation, so its not like this was a team amongst the cream of the crop that New York took down. The Knicks have played well against some of the best teams in the league, as they have wins over the likes of the Miami Heat, New Orleans Hornets, Atlanta Hawks, and Memphis Grizzlies in. Of course, they also have some brutal losses to teams like the Milwaukee Bucks and Indiana Pacers. Still, its really hard to argue with just how good this team has been at times, and when you have three men on your team with the ability to go off for 30 in a night, youve got a lot of teams that are going to be afraid of you.
Tonight, I am going to take the Nets plus the 9-points.Â I dont believe the Nets will win but I do think they will play hard against their local rival and keep it close and competitive.
New Jersey Nets +9 New York Knicks