New York Knicks (17-18) at New Orleans Pelicans (18-17)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 7:00 pm (Smoothie King Center)
The Line: New Orleans Pelicans -5.5 -- Over/Under: 217 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The New York Knicks and New Orleans Pelicans meet Saturday in NBA action at the Smoothie King Center.
The New York Knicks need a big road victory to get back to a .500 record. The New York Knicks are averaging 103.6 points on 46.6 percent shooting and allowing 103.7 points on 44.3 percent shooting. Kristaps Porzingis is averaging 24.3 points and 6.7 rebounds while Tim Hardaway Jr. is averaging 17.8 points and 3.3 assists. Enes Kanter is the third double-digit scorer and Courtney Lee is grabbing 3.5 rebounds. The New York Knicks are shooting 35.7 percent from beyond the arc and 79.7 percent from the free throw line. The New York Knicks are allowing 36.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.3 rebounds per game. The New York Knicks have lost four straight road games.
The New Orleans Pelicans look for some consistency after splitting their last eight games. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 111.1 points on 49.1 percent shooting and allowing 110.9 points on 46.4 percent shooting. DeMarcus Cousins is averaging 25.9 points and 12.1 rebounds while Anthony Davis is averaging 25.1 points and 10.4 rebounds. Jrue Holiday is the third double-digit scorer and E'Twaun Moore is grabbing 2.7 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 38.8 percent from beyond the arc and 75 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 37.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43 rebounds per game. The New Orleans Pelicans have won four of their last six home games.
The Knicks are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 vs. Western Conference, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest and 4-11 ATS in their last 15 road games. The Pelicans are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Saturday games, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 0 days rest and 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The home team is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the under is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings.
The New York Knicks continue to stink up the joint on the road where they're being outscored by nearly 10 points, and they've been even worse against the number. The New Orleans Pelicans are coming off a bad loss to the Dallas Mavericks, but the consistent offense is there and they'll have two of the top three players in this game. The Knicks are also struggling with consistent play without Hardaway on th court. I'll take the reasonable number with the Pelicans at home.