Knicks vs. Nets - 12/2/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Brooklyn Nets (6-9) at New York Knicks (4-14)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: New York Knicks -1 -- Over/Under: 189.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: YES, MSG
The Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks play Tuesday at Madison Square Garden.
The Brooklyn Nets are trying to get back on track and have split their last four games. On the season, the Nets are averaging 98.9 points on 45.4 percent shooting and are allowing 100.4 points on 45.3 percent shooting. Deron Williams leads the Nets with 17.9 points and 6.4 assists while Joe Johnson is averaging 16 points on 44.7 percent shooting. Mirza Teletovic is shooting 33.7 percent from beyond the arc and Brook Lopez has nine rebounds in his last two games. The Brooklyn Nets were supposed to be a better team with the return of Lopez, but really haven’t shown much on either side of the ball. The Nets are shooting just 33.4 percent from deep and are grabbing just 41.3 rebounds per game, which is also at the bottom of the league. These next few games against playoff caliber teams will tell us a lot about the Nets.
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The New York Knicks are also in danger of missing the playoffs with four straight losses. On the season, the Knicks are averaging 93.4 points on 44.9 percent shooting and are allowing 99.2 points on 44.8 percent shooting. Carmelo Anthony leads the Knicks with 23.7 points on 47.4 percent shooting and Amar'e Stoudemire is averaging 12.5 points and 7.8 rebounds. Iman Shumpert is the third New York player to average double-digit points and Tim Hardaway Jr. is 1-10 from three in his last two games. The New York Knicks lack of consistency offensively has hurt them all season, as they’re averaging just 87.2 points in their last five games, which is a step backwards. New York better figure something out quickly. J.R. Smith is questionable for this game with an illness.
The Nets are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. NBA Atlantic and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Knicks are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games playing on 1 days rest and 1-8 ATS in their last 9 home games. The favorite is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
If the Knicks can't win this game at home against another struggling team, there's little hope left for this season. The New York Knicks should win this game.