Knicks will be playing for the third time in four days. Thibodeau has been playing with a shortened rotation and his two best players rank in the top-five in the league in minutes per game. That could spell bad news for the Knicks in this spot. Brooklyn is mired in a two-game slide but the return of Durant in the starting lineup should give them a boost. Even with the Nets playing on the second night of a back-to-back, I’ll take my chances with Brooklyn turning things around in this matchup. For sure I will take Nets to cover the spread at Madison Square Garden. They should win this game with a comfort number.
Kevin Durant returned from a four-game absence on Sunday to finish with 36 points, 11 rebounds, and four assists, and Nets head coach doesn’t expect point guard Kyrie Irving to be back with the team for this game.
Neither team is playing well at the moment, but the Nets have the edge. The Nets are one of the best offensive teams in the league and they continue to play well without Irving in the lineup. Even though they are facing a tough defensive team, they won’t have too much trouble scoring in this game.
The Knicks have the second-worst offense in the league and will be without their second-leading scorer in this game. They have failed to score more than 89 points in their last three games and will struggle once again against the Nets, making Brooklyn the best bet here.
Why I choose Nets -4 is important to remember. Knicks are averaging 100.1 points per game, but they are averaging 88.6 points per game in their last three games and will be without their second-leading scorer. Even though the Nets aren’t great defensively, they will keep the Knicks under their average in this game. The Nets are averaging 118.5 points per game.
You can also try to bet under 219,5 in total points as an extra game. Knicks and Nets have played under the total in nine of their last 10 meetings. Odds: 1.89