New York Knicks vs. Brooklyn Nets
The New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets square off on Martin Luther King Day from Madison Square Garden. The Knicks are -3.5 point favorites over the Nets with an over/under point total set at 193.5.
The Knicks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 32-13 ATS in their last 45 home games, but just 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record. The Nets on the other hand are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a winning home record, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600 and 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 vs. Eastern Conference.
While the Brooklyn Nets are in good form, it’s hard to look past the home team in this one. After a tough stretch, which included five losses in seven games, the New York Knicks look they are back on track with consecutive double digit wins over New Orleans and Detroit, with the latter coming in London on Thursday. Raymond Felton continues to watch from the sidelines, but New York got one of their key pieces back on their trip to London as Iman Shumpert made his season debut and had eight points after being out due to a torn ACL. On the flipside, Brooklyn comes into tonight’s showdown having won eight of nine and looks like a completely different team under P.J. Carlesimo.
We are not even three months into the season, yet the Knicks and Nets have already squared off against each other three times, with New York holding a 2-1 edge in the series. Brooklyn managed to nab the first meeting of the season at home, winning 96-89 in overtime, however since then, it’s been all the Knicks. While the second contest was decided on a controversial four-point play by Jason Kidd, New York ran away with the most recent meeting at home leading up to Christmas, outscoring the visitors by 10 in the second half to cruise to a 100-86 win.
With the Knicks being just 3.5 point favorites, it just shows you how much the Nets have improved since firing Avery Johnson. While you would expect the public to be all over New York here, I think it’s the right play. Carmelo Anthony just seems to rise to another level in these showdowns against Brooklyn and I think he is the difference here once again.
New York Knicks -3.5 Brooklyn Nets