The New York Knicks (15-11) travel to face off against the Brooklyn Nets (13-13) on Wednesday, December 20th. This game will be played at Barclays Center. The Knicks are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Nets are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Lakers. Tip-off is set for 7:30 ET.
Knicks vs Nets
The Knicks Are Coming Off A Win
The Knicks beat the Lakers in their most recent game, ending with a score of 114-109. The Knicks managed to secure te win, even though they were behind at halftime 58-57.
As they prepare to take on the Nets, the Knicks are looking to stay above .500. In the Eastern Conference, they are currently ranked 5th overall and are 3rd in the Atlantic division.
Against the spread, New York are currently above .500, at 15-11 ATS. On the road, the Knicks have an ATS record of 9-7 compared to a 6-4 record vs. the spread at home.
The Nets Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Cam Thomas led Brooklyn with 32 points against the Jazz, the highest on the team. He finished with a field goal percentage of 43.3% in the game. Spencer Dinwiddie finished 2nd on the team with 17 points, but Brooklyn ended the game with a 125-108 loss.
With their game against the Knicks coming up, the Nets can get back to .500 with a win. So far this season, the Nets are 13-13 overall. At home, the Nets are 8-5 compared to 5-8 on the road.
Against the spread, Brooklyn are currently above .500, at 17-8 ATS. In their last two home games, Brooklyn has successfully covered the spread, and they maintain an ATS record of 10-2 at home compared to 7-6 on the road.
Knicks Offense Breakdown
Through 26 games games, New York is averaging 114.5 points per game (16th). So far, the Knicks are averaging 96.2 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. Not only is the team one of the more deliberate units in the NBA, they have yet to find their shooting stroke, ranking just 23rd in the league in field goal percentage 23rd%.
Nets Offense Breakdown
The Nets arrive for today’s game as one of the NBA’s top offensive teams, scoring an average of 116.1 points per game (12th). The Nets come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 14.7 made 3’s per game. One thing that could take the team’s offense to the next level is if they can begin to generate more opportunites at the free-throw line. So far, they are averaging just 15.5 made free-throws per game.
Knicks Team Defense
Coming into the game, the Knicks defense has held opposing team’s to fewer points than the league average in 34.6% of their games. Currently, they are 8 in the NBA at 111.7 points per game allowed.
The New York defense has allowed opponents to shoot 37.2% from beyond the arc this season. Opposing teams are also hitting 47.9% of their field goal attempts vs. New York.
Nets Team Defense
On average, the Brooklyn defense is giving up 115.1 points per game (19). Right now, they are on a 2 game streak of giving up fewer points than their season average.
Inside the arc, the Nets defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 52.1% and 36.7% from three-point territory.
Key Players For The Knicks And Nets
Our projections for today’s game indicate that Jalen Brunson will be the primary scorer for the Knicks, with 22 points and going 8/14 from the field. During this season, he is delivering an average of 25.6 points per game, along with 3.9 rebounds.
On the other side, Cam Thomas is our projected leading scorer for the Nets. We have him ending the game with a team-high 16 and grabbing 2 rebounds. This season, he has put together a field goal percentage of 45.5%, and he is contributing 24.4 points per game on average.
Knicks vs Nets Trends
- Through their last ten road contests, the Knicks offense has averaged 119 points per game while allowing an average of 120. New York posted an overall record of 5-5 while going 5-5 ATS.
- Across their five previous home games, Brooklyn has an ATS mark of 1-4. Their straight up record in these matchups was 1-4 while averaging 112 points per game.
- The last ten games that Brooklyn was the underdog, they have an ATS mark of 4-6 while going 3-7 straight up.
- Over the team’s last five games as the favorite, the Knicks struggled vs the spread going just 2-3. However, they still had a straight up mark of 3-2.
The Knicks is our selection to secure the victory, with a projected score of 115-109. We also like them to cover the spread, so we suggest betting on the Knicks at -1.5.
As for the total, the line is currently sitting at 232.5 and our model has the Knicks and Nets finishing with a combined 224 points. Our pick is to take the under.
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