Bet Nets Home Cover Over Knicks for NBA Picks

David Lawrence

Friday, November 7, 2014 1:47 PM GMT

Friday, Nov. 7, 2014 1:47 PM GMT

The New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets have both had some impressive wins and head-scratching losses to start the season. The Nets are a 5.5-point favorite on the NBA lines for this battle of New York.

The New York Knicks Will Win Because…
The New York Knicks effort level has been good this season – the team is playing hard for first-year coach Derek Fisher. The Knicks have to be seen as a team that is deficient, but one that is striving to do all it can to succeed. The Knicks don’t have the right mixture of players, and they have a few guys such as J.R. Smith who don’t put the value of the team ahead of everything else, but New York generally plays with intensity and passion on defense. The Knicks are in the upper half of the 30-team NBA in points allowed per game with 96.6, placing the team 13th in the Association. The Knicks are getting great defense at the top of the key from the likes of Pablo Prigioni and Iman Shumpert. New York isn’t allowing opposing teams to comfortably slide into their offensive sets. The Knicks are being pests on defense, and that’s something which has to make Fisher very happy. New York is not a pushover, and that’s something which reasonably could have been said about the team last season. If the Knicks are trying hard for Fisher now, that augurs well for the rest of the season, and it points to the possibility of a very strong performance in this game here. With Brooklyn averaging a modest 98.5 points per game, the Knicks can very logically expect to hold the Nets under 95 points, and if they do that, they’ll probably cover NBA odds, even with their own offensive problems.

 

The Brooklyn Nets Will Win Because…
They're the better team right now, and they’re a far better team than the Knicks on offense. New York is averaging 89.8 points per game this season, next to last in the league behind teams such as the Philadelphia 76ers and several other ballclubs averaging from 90 to 92 points per game. The thing to note about New York is that as a Phil Jackson operation, the Knicks are trying to instill the triangle offense this season, but through the first week of the season, that project has been a mess. The Knicks have had to junk the triangle and put it on hold in terms of making it their actual offense throughout the course of a game. New York will get to a point midway through the second quarter where Fisher will stop running the triangle and will allow his players to run pick-and-pops or other two-man plays that are removed from the model the triangle is supposed to promote. Brooklyn should be able to smother New York’s offense.

Brooklyn, though, isn’t just a team that has a chance to shut down the Knicks. The Nets are good on offense, seventh in the league with an average of 103.5 points per game. That’s too much for what the Knicks have.

 

Outlook
These teams are both solid on defense, but the Knicks simply do not score very many points. That’s going to hurt their cause especially since they are on the road for this one. The Nets have had some pep in their step with Brook Lopez back in the lineup. Take Brooklyn with your NBA picks.

Free NBA Picks: Brooklyn -5.5 at 5Dimes

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