NBA Picks: Knicks +8 vs. Nets

Jeff Grant

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 1:14 PM GMT

Tuesday, Apr. 15, 2014 1:14 PM GMT

The New York Knicks have covered the number often on the road against the Brooklyn Nets in recent years, as the two teams prepare to close out their regular-season series Tuesday night.

Closing things out
New York (35-45) is 5-2 SUATS over its last seven games, as it comes off a 100-89 victory over the Chicago Bulls as 3.5-point home underdogs Sunday, while going OVER the betting total for a third consecutive contest.  

The Knicks are going to finish out the 2013-14 season with the ninth-best record in the East—finishing just behind the eight-seeded Atlanta Hawks for the final spot in the upcoming NBA playoffs. 

Over the last two-plus seasons, the franchise is 20-13 ATS off an upset win as an underdog.


Still something to play for
Brooklyn (44-36) can nail down the No. 5 seed with a victory in this spot, as it attempts to win its first season series against New York since the 2006-07 campaign. 

The Nets have posted a 34-15 record since the calendar turned to 2014—marking the second-best record in the East and fifth-best mark in the league.

NBA handicappers will find that the squad is 21-21 ATS when playing against a team with a losing record.

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Anthony
Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony has led the way with a team-high 22.7 points, 10.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists in three games versus the Nets this season. 

Anthony sits second in the NBA in averaging 27.6 points per game, while the club is 18-9 when he dishes out four or more assists in a contest.


Home court advantage
The Nets have the best home record in the league since Jan. 1—winning 22 of 25 games over that span in that situation. 

Brooklyn has also proven victorious in 35 of 46 contests when holding opponents under 100 points, while producing a 33-8 mark when hitting the century mark offensively.


Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Knicks as one of their NBA picks, as the road team is 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 road games in the series. 

Pick: New York Knicks +8

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