Brooklyn Nets vs. New York Knicks - 4/15/14
New York Knicks (35-45) at Brooklyn Nets (44-36)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Barclays Center)
The Line: Brooklyn Nets -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets will square off for the fourth and final time this season. The Knicks lead the series 2-1.
Although the Knicks have been eliminated from playoff contention, they’ve won five of their last seven games and are playing some of their best basketball. On the season, the Knicks average 98.5 points on 44.9 percent shooting and allow 99.5 points on 45.9 percent shooting. The Knicks have won 10 of their last 11 games when scoring 100 or more points and J.R. Smith is shooting 47.1 percent from three in his last five games. Meanwhile. Carmelo Anthony is shooting just 18.8 percent from three in his last five games and is doubtful for this game. The New York Knicks are 36-44 ATS overall and 20-20 ATS on the road.
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The Nets have won four of their last six games and are pretty much locked into the fifth seed in the East. On the season, the Nets average 98.7 points on 46 percent shooting and allow 99.2 points on 45.7 percent shooting. Paul Pierce is questionable in this matchup with a shoulder injury he suffered on Sunday. The Nets have won 14 of their last 17 games when scoring 100 or more points and Mason Plumlee is shooting 81.6 percent from the field in his last five games. The Brooklyn Nets are 42-38 ATS overall and 24-16 ATS at home.
The Knicks are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record. The Nets are 19-7 ATS in their last 26 home games and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 home games vs. a team with a losing road record. The Knicks are 8-3-1 ATS in the last 12 meetings in Brooklyn, while the favorite is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
While New York isn't making the playoffs, the Knicks are still a prideful and talented team. Remember, this is also a big rivlary. I'm also not sure how long the Nets players will play in this almost meaningless game. That's why I'm taking the Knicks and the points, and don't be surprised if the Knicks win SU.