Big Apple Rivalry: Grab Knicks -3.5 As Your Free NBA Pick vs. Nets

Joe Gavazzi

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 6:23 PM GMT

In this very spot last night, I predicted the NY Knicks would continue their momentum with a win and cover against visiting Boston. How will they do tonight, check our NBA pick inside.

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NBA Picks: Knicks -3.5
Best Line Offered: at Heritage

 

NY Knicks vs. Brooklyn Nets 7:35PM ET
Now, the Knicks travel cross-borough to face their NYC rival, the Brooklyn Nets who, much like Boston last night, is a team that is headed in the opposite direction. In the lone meeting this season, the Knicks won this game (108-91). I expect more of the same tonight against a struggling Brooklyn team who has recently fired HC Lionel Hollins.  

 

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Often times a team will get a “bounce” from the firing of a coach (witness the gutsy call on UNLV last night!). Such may not be the case with a Brooklyn team, who has lost their way. The Nets now stand 10-28 SU for the season, including 6-14 SU on this court. But, the recent loss of PG Jack has sent the Nets into a further tailspin. The Nets play tonight’s game on a recent 5-game losing streak, roughly correlating with the loss of Jack. The starting guards have averaged just 15 PPG in the absence of their best perimeter player. That is a microcosm of the team’s offensive problems which has seen them go 0-4 SU ATS while averaging just 84 PPG. With the Nets having lost 10-straight games at the Barclays Center, there seems to be little hope. Monday night, they were clubbed by San Antonio (106-79) the day after the firings of GM King and HC Hollins, so much for the “bounce.” Interim HC Tony Brown is left to clean up the mess. Lone bright spot for the Nets has been Brook Lopez, who is averaging 20/9 for the season. But, his performance is not nearly enough to overcome the loss of Jack or carry the load on the perimeter.

But, the New Yorkers will have their challenges tonight!  Shortly before halftime last night, leading scorer, Carrmelo Anthony, suffered a sprained right ankle, when he ran into a referee.  He was pulled in the first minute of the 3rd quarter. Though x-rays were negative, he is questionable for tonight’s contest. If Anthony does not make post, look for rookie Porzingis, to carry the load. He finished with 26 points last night in Anthony’s absence before fouling out in the 4th quarter. Most importantly, after Porzingis fouled out, the Knicks were able to hang onto their lead and even extend it in the eventual (120-114) victory over Boston. With that win, the Knicks are now 5-1 SU, 6-0 ATS of late, hitting 48% from the floor. Even without Anthony, they have way too much offense for a downtrodden Brooklyn team, who, for now, appears to have tossed the towel!    

I invite you put the NBA odds in your favor and join me with my NBA pick on the NY Knicks.