The Denver Nuggets (31-14) travel to face off against the New York Knicks (27-17) on Thursday, January 25th. This game will be played at Madison Square Garden in New York and televised on MSG. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Tip-off is set for 7:30 ET.
Nuggets vs Knicks
The Nuggets Are Coming Off A Win
In their last game, the Nuggets defeated the Pacers with a final score of 114-109. Against the spread, this game finished with a push as the Nuggets were favored by -5 going into the game. Considering the over/under, the total of 223 points fell short of the set over/under line of 237.5.
As we get ready for today’s game, the Nuggets are looking to build on their three-game winning streak. Overall, they are 31-14 this season. In road games, the Nuggets are 14-10 compared to their 17-4 record at home.
Denver currently has an ATS record below .500, sitting at 19-24 at this point. On the road, the Nuggets have an ATS record of 8-15 compared to a 11-9 record vs. the spread at home.
The Knicks Are Coming Off A Win
In their last game, the Knicks defeated the Nets with a final score of 108-103. Not only did the Knicks win this game straight-up, but they also covered the spread as -4 point favorites. In terms of the over/under, the combined 211 points was below the over/under line of 223.
In their last five games, the Knicks are 4-1 and have an overall record of 27-17. At home, the Knicks are 14-5 compared to 13-12 on the road this season.
New York has an overall ATS record of 26-18 for the season so far. This season, New York has a 17-9 record against the spread when they are the favorites, and they are 9-9 as underdogs.
Nuggets Offense Breakdown
The Nuggets come into today’s game as the 14th ranked scoring offense at 115.9 points per game.
So far this season, the Nuggets are 14th in the NBA in scoring at 115.9 points per game. However, their scoring has been much better at home (120.6 PPG) compared to on the road (111.8 PPG).
Denver’s offense is one of the most efficient in the league, ranking 3rd in field goal percentage at 49%. They are also 2nd in two-point field goals made per game (56%) but are 27th in made threes (11.7).
Despite being 30th in pace, the Nuggets are 4th in two-point field goal percentage. In terms of assists, Denver is 4th in the NBA at 29.1 per game.
Knicks Offense Breakdown
New York has recorded an average of 115 points per game (16th) throughout 44 games games.
At 115 points per game, the Knicks are 16th in the NBA in scoring. However, at home, they are 23rd in the league at 113.8 points per game. Overall, they have outscored the league average in 50% of their games.
When it comes to pace, the Knicks are 27th in the NBA at 96.8 possessions per game. In terms of field goal percentage, they are 21st in the league at 46%. In terms of two-point shooting, the Knicks are 23rd in the NBA at 52%.
From beyond the arc, the Knicks are 13th in three-point shooting at 37%. In terms of three-point attempts, they are 13th in the NBA. Overall, the Knicks are 11th in the league in free throws made per game.
Nuggets Team Defense
Denver’s defense has been playing well, ranking 6th in the NBA with 110.9 points allowed per game. In terms of two point field goal attempts, the Nuggets defense has allowed a shooting percentage of 52.8% while allowing 35.9% from downtown.
Knicks Team Defense
Coming into the game, the Knicks’ defense has finished three straight games with an increased number of points allowed. Overall, they are 3rd in the league at 110.4 points per game allowed. Most recently, the Knicks’ defense put together a solid performance, giving up just 103 points to the Nets.
Key Players For The Nuggets And Knicks
For today’s matchup, we project Nikola Jokic to lead the scoring for the Nuggets, putting up 25 points and shooting at a rate of 10/17. During this season, he is delivering an average of 26.2 points per game, along with 12 rebounds.
On the opposing side, we anticipate Jalen Brunson to be the top scorer for the Knicks. Our projection has him finishing the game with 25, and he is expected to secure 4 rebounds. Throughout the season, he has maintained a 47.5% field goal shooting rate and is averaging 26.6 points per game.
Nuggets vs Knicks Trends
- Across the Nuggets last three road games, the team averaged 109 points per game while allowing 104. Their record vs the spread in these contests was 1-1-1, while going 3-0 straight-up.
- When looking at their past three matchups at home, New York has an ATS record of 2-1 while averaging 112 per game. The team went 2-1 overall in these games.
- Spanning across their last ten games as the betting underdog, the Knicks have gone 5-5 vs the spread. Their overall record in these games was 5-5.
- Through their previous five contests as the betting favorite, the Nuggets have a strong record of 4-1. Their record vs the spread in these matchups is 1-3-1.
For today’s matchup we are recommending to take the Nuggets to secure the win, with an expected final score of 118-112. When it comes to the spread, we believe they’ll cover at -2.5.
Regarding the over/under, the current line is set at 223, and our model predicts the Nuggets and Knicks to score a combined 230 points. We recommend betting on the over.
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