New York Knicks vs. Brooklyn Nets - 4/2/14
Brooklyn Nets (39-33) at New York Knicks (32-43)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: New York Knicks -2.5 -- Over/Under: 199 See the Latest Odds
The battle for New York continues tonight as the Brooklyn Nets take on the New York Knicks.
The Nets have been able to bounce back from a couple consecutive overtime losses with three wins on the trot after taking down the Rockets by 105-96 last night. In a game that was tightly contested from start to finish, Deron Williams had just 12 points while Paul Pierce added just four, but the Nets leaned heavily on Joe Johnson who delivered a game-high 32 points on 13 of 21 shooting. One area of the game where the Nets flourished was in the post, because with the Rockets missing Dwight Howard, they were left vulnerable inside without a shot blocker and completely helpless when Omer Asik was resting on the bench. In the end, Brooklyn did a great job of taking advantage of their shorthanded opponent to improve to 40-33 on the season which leaves them just 1 1/2 games behind Toronto and Chicago who occupy the third and fourth seed in the East.
Meanwhile, the Knicks have won three of their last four and were able to get to within one game of the eighth spot in the Eastern standings with a 92-83 win over the Jazz on Monday. Carmelo Anthony poured in a game-high 34 points on 11 of 19 shooting while four other players finished in double figures but it was really the improvement in defense that won the game, holding the Jazz to just 34 second-half points, including just 14 in the fourth quarter. In injury news, Tim Hardaway Jr. left the game with a sprained right ankle but while the X-rays came back negative, he is still listed as questionable for tonight's game.
In ATS trends, the Nets are 19-7 ATS in their last 26 games against a team with a losing record and 12-5 ATS in their last 17 games overall, while the Knicks are 5-2-1 ATS in their last eight home games following a road trip of seven of more days and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games against a team with a losing road record.
Head to head, the Under is 14-6 in the last 20 meetings overall and 5-0 in the last five meetings in New York.
With such heavy playoff implications on the line, you can expect both teams to come out firing here, but the Knicks just need this win more and I think they should be good enough to just sneak over the line tonight.