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Pelicans vs. Knicks - 12/9/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New York Knicks (4-18) at New Orleans Pelicans (9-10)

NBA Basketball: Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Smoothie King Center)

The Line: New Orleans Pelicans -8 -- Over/Under: 196.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: MSG, FSN

The New York Knicks and New Orleans Pelicans play Tuesday night at the Smoothie King Center.

The New York Knicks have lost eight straight games and will begin a three-game road trip. On the season, the Knicks are averaging 93.7 points on 45.1 percent shooting and are allowing 99 points on 44.8 percent shooting. Carmelo Anthony leads New York with 23.2 points and 6.6 rebounds while Amar'e Stoudemire is averaging 12.9 points and 7.9 rebounds. J.R. Smith is shooting 41.7 percent from the field and Iman Shumpert is averaging 3.1 assists. The New York Knicks struggles on offense have been dreadful, as they’re shooting only 43.6 percent from the field in their last five games and have lost 13 of their last 14 games when scoring under 100 points. The good news for the Knicks is that their last four games have been decided by five or less points.

Pelicans vs. Knicks - 12/9/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The New Orleans Pelicans have lost five of their last seven games and hope to get back to a .50 record. On the season, the Pelicans are averaging 100.4 points on 45.2 percent shooting and are allowing 100.3 points on 46.1 percent shooting. Anthony Davis leads New Orleans with 25.2 points and 10.7 rebounds while Tyreke Evans is averaging 15.2 points and 5.8 assists. Jrue Holiday is averaging 6.6 assists per game and Ryan Anderson is shooting 41.6 percent from the field. The New Orleans Pelicans struggles defensively has really hurt their consistency, as they’re allowing teams to shoot 40.4 percent from deep in their last five games and are 3-7 SU this season when allowing 100 or more points. However, the Pelicans have done a fine job this year of beating below-average teams.

The Knicks are 8-0 ATS in their last 8 vs. NBA Southwest and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record. The Pelicans are 10-4-1 ATS in their last 15 home games and 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Atlantic. The Knicks are 6-0 ATS in the last 6 meetings in New Orleans and 10-2 ATS in the last 12 meetings overall.

Again, the Knicks are coming closer and closer to winning a game, as their last four games have been decided by five or less points. The Pelicans are still going through the motions and haven't been the most consistent. I'm taking the points here assuming New York continues to compete. 

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New York Knicks +8

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