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New York Knicks vs. New Orleans Pelicans - 1/14/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New Orleans Pelicans (21-20) at New York Knicks (19-23)

NBA Basketball: Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 3:30 pm (Madison Square Garden)

The Line: New York Knicks +1 -- Over/Under: 217 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSN, MSG

The New Orleans Pelicans and New York Knicks meet Sunday in NBA action at Madison Square Garden.

The New Orleans Pelicans look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last eight games. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 110.8 points on 49 percent shooting and allowing 110.9 points on 46.3 percent shooting. Anthony Davis is averaging 26.1 points and 10.3 rebounds while DeMarcus Cousins is averaging 25.8 points and 12.5 rebounds. Jrue Holiday is the third double-digit scorer and E'Twaun Moore is grabbing 2.7 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 37.4 percent from beyond the arc and 76.5 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 36.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.5 rebounds per game. The New Orleans Pelicans have split their last six road games.

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New York Knicks vs. New Orleans Pelicans - 1/14/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The New York Knicks need a win here after losing five of their last six games. The New York Knicks are averaging 103.7 points on 46.7 percent shooting and allowing 104.7 points on 44.5 percent shooting. Kristaps Porzingis is averaging 23.6 points and 6.8 rebounds while Tim Hardaway Jr. is averaging 17.7 points and 3.3 assists. Courtney Lee is the third double-digit scorer and Enes Kanter is grabbing 10.1 rebounds. The New York Knicks are shooting 36.2 percent from beyond the arc and 79.6 percent from the free throw line. The New York Knicks are allowing 36.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.6 rebounds per game. The New York Knicks have lost three straight road games.

The Pelicans are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 Sunday games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Knicks are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games playing on 1 days rest, 13-6 ATS in their last 19 home games and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Pelicans are 6-13 ATS in the last 19 meetings, the home team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the under is 12-2 in the last 14 meetings.

The New York Knicks got back Hardaway, which is a huge boost to their offense and makes them a much more confident team. The problem is the Knicks are still being outscored by 6.6 points in their last five games and continue to struggle on the defensive end. The New Orleans Pelicans are the better team overall and should be able to use their size and tempo to bother the Knicks. In pick em games, I usually side with the home team, but we are getting the better team at a hell of a price. New Orleans should get the job done here.

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