NBA Picks: Nets Don't Have What It Takes, Bet Knicks -3.5 for Easy Victory

Joe Catalano

Friday, December 4, 2015 7:05 PM UTC

Friday, Dec. 4, 2015 7:05 PM UTC

The Knicks & Nets renew their rivalry as both teams have a big matchup at Madison Square Garden. See who we like in this matchup as our NBA pick.

Tip-off is set for Friday night at 7:00 p.m. EST at Madison Square Garden in New York City. According to NBA odds, the Knicks are a 3.5 point betting favorite and the total for the game is listed at 194. Right off the bat, this is a great game to bet as 3.5 points is mighty low for a New York Knicks team who are on the rise, at home, versus a Nets team that's going absolutely nowhere.


"We Have Better Fans Than the Nets"
Alriight now! Some bulletin board material quoted from Kristaps Porzingis as he is loving it in New York and in my opinion has the highest upside of any player from the 2015 NBA Draft. Knicks fans were booing the Porzingis pick and now they're chanting his name as if he were a god as he has no weakenesses to his game at 7 foot 3 and just 19 years old.

The numbers don't tell the story as KP6 is averaging 13.8 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 2 blocks as he keeps getting better every game. Porzingis is a player that doesn't buckle under pressure. He can hit a 3-ball, block a shot, rebound at will, shoot a hook shot, and also nail a jumper. This kid has ice water running through his veins and he even has the respect of players such as Carmelo Anthony.

It's very difficult to get respect from a veteran such as Melo, but Porizingis' play on the hardwood is undeniable and the Nets have no chance of stopping him as Brook Lopez will be entangled in a battle with his brother, Robin Lopez. The lanes should be open for Porzingis to do whatever he wants at 7 foot 3 and possessing major skill. In his last 2 games, Porzingis is averaging 18.5 points, 11.5 rebounds and 3 blocks per game. Look for a huge game out of this rising star.


Aaron Afflalo
One player that has also come on strong lately for New York is Aaron Afflalo. Afflalo has found some playing time and made the most of it in a place that he likes to play. Afflalo is a big guard that can shoot the ball. He's averaging 13.2 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. This is a player with experience that can fill in for a tired Melo or if Porzingis gets into foul trouble. Phil Jackson has pushed all of the right buttons in the off-season and backed up his talk.


Lopez vs. Lopez
Although Robin Lopez isn't much of a scorer, he does the intangibles and plays spectacular season. He's narrowed the gap between the production of his brother, Brook Lopez, and himself.

Brook Lopez has an open invitation this season to do anything that he wants as Deron Williams and Mason Plumlee are gone and he doesn't have to "look over his shoulder anymore".

It will be interesting to see if Robin Lopez has a huge game as there's definitely pressure on him here in the form of sibling rivalry. Brook Lopez is averaging 20.1 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. He's somewhat soft defensively, but along with veteran Thaddeus Young and Jarrett Jack, are the leaders of this squad. I look for Robin Lopez to play well against his brother defensively if he can stay out of foul trouble and that's something that he's had trouble with all season long.

The Nets don't have the arsenal to deal with the Knicks despite their 2 game winning streak. New York, Porzingis, and Anthony roll in this game to an easy victory. Add them to your NBA picks.

Free NBA Pick:  New York Knicks -3.5 at 5Dimes

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