The New York Knicks topped the Detroit Pistons back in November, surging to a 121-100 victory as 11-point favorites in Madison Square Garden. Thursday’s action has the Eastern Conference foes traveling across the pond to London for a 3 p.m. (ET) tip.
Knicks, Anthony pull away at home
New York ended a three-game losing streak with Sunday’s 100-87 victory as a seven-point home favorite against the New Orleans Hornets. The Knicks held New Orleans to a 4-for-23 day from three-point land, while being outscored in the paint, 42-28.
Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony notched 27 points, hitting 9-of-25 field buckets. New York’s Chris Copeland knocked down 9-of-15 from the field en route to 22 points, while mate Tyson Chandler grabbed a team-high 14 boards.
The battle’s combined 187 points ducked below the ‘total’ of 190 ½, bringing the UNDER to 2-1 in the Knicks’ last three matchups. Knicks veteran Jason Kidd logged eight of his side’s 24 assists, while Chandler added three blocks.
Pistons, Monroe edged by Jazz
Detroit dropped to 2-4 ATS in its last six games with Saturday’s 90-87 defeat to the Utah Jazz, falling short as a 2 ½-point home favorite. The Pistons led by as many as 15 points, shooting a sizable 52.3 percent from the floor.
Pistons center Greg Monroe notched his fifth double-double in six games, finishing with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Detroit’s Jason Maxiell logged three of his squad’s six blocks, while mate Will Bynum registered team-highs of four assists and three steals off the bench.
The contest’s combined 177 points plunged below the ‘total’ of 192 ½, moving the UNDER to 4-2 in the Pistons’ last six games. Detroit’s Brandon Knight led his squad’s scoring with 16 points, hitting 7-of-16 floor shots.
Back the Knicks as ‘chalk’
The NBA odds makers at Bookmaker.eu opened New York as a 5 ½-point favorite, while first listing the ‘total’ at 193 ½. New York’s Tyson Chandler (12.4 PPG, 10.9 RPG) is listed as “questionable,” missing Wednesday’s practice with an illness.
For tonight's NBA picks I am laying the points here with the Knicks, looking for Anthony and Co. to pour it on at O2 Arena. New York is 10-4 ATS in its last 14 spots played on three or more days of rest, while cashing with a 2-0 spread record in its most recent pair of road spots.
Anthony leads the Eastern Conference in scoring with 29.3 PPG and gets this spot’s international stage to surge again here. The five-time All-Star notched 29 points in November’s battle with the Pistons, knocking down 10-of-18 field buckets.
Detroit has shown some improvement in recent spots, but is 4-9 ATS in its last 13 games against foes with winning records. The Pistons rank 13th out of the East’s 15 clubs in shooting away from home, connecting at a meager 41.6 percent.
So for our free picks tonight, we are looking for Detroit to struggle finding the rims across the pond, while New York collects at the betting windows again in this rivalry.NBA Pick: New York Knicks -5 ½