Knicks vs. Nuggets - 11/16/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Denver Nuggets (2-6) at New York Knicks (2-8)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 1:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: New York Knicks -1 -- Over/Under: 201.5 See the Latest Odds
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The Denver Nuggets and New York Knicks meet Sunday afternoon at Madison Square Garden.
The Denver Nuggets are looking for back-to-back wins for the first time this season and are trying to improve their defense. The Nuggets defense that’s allowing 108.1 points on 45.5 percent shooting has cost them a lot of games already this season. The Denver Nuggets have lost eight straight games when allowing 100-plus points. Offensively, the Nuggets are averaging 102 points on 42.7 percent shooting. Ty Lawson leads Denver with 15.9 points and 7.9 assists, while Kenneth Faried is averaging 11.5 points and 7.8 rebounds. Rookie Gary Harris shot 60 percent from the field for 13 points and two assists in his first game on Friday. Randy Foye is questionable for this matchup with a knee injury.
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The New York Knicks have lost seven straight games and could use just their second home win of the season. The Knicks continue to struggle offensively in their new offense, as they’re averaging 92.4 points on 44.1 percent shooting. Friday’s game was the first time the Knicks have scored 100 points all season and New York has lost nine of its last 12 games when scoring less than 100 points. Carmelo Anthony leads the Knicks with 23.5 points on 43.6 percent shooting and J.R. Smith is shooting 28.6 percent from downtown. Iman Shumpert, the Knicks second-leading scorer is doubtful with a hip injury and Amar'e Stoudemire is expected to play despite a knee injury. Defensively, the New York Knicks are allowing 98.6 points on 45.6 percent shooting.
The Nuggets are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. Eastern Conference and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Knicks are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 home games and 4-11 ATS in their last 15 Sunday games. The Nuggets are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in New York and 2-8 ATS in the last 10 meetings overall.
The New York Knicks can't keep losing, can they? At home and considering the Knicks are coming off their best offensive performance yet, I'll take my chances with New York here. Besides, it's not like Denver is playing any better.