Saturday, March 25 2023

Barclays Center hosts a must-see rivalry tilt on Wednesday evening. The Brooklyn Nets host the New York Knicks in a battle between Atlantic Division squads. The Nets are 4-7 overall and 2-4 at home this season, though Brooklyn has won three of the last five games. The Knicks are 5-5 overall after winning two of the last three contests. Quentin Grimes (foot) is listed as questionable for the Knicks, with Mitchell Robinson (knee) ruled out. Kyrie Irving (suspension), TJ Warren (foot), and Yuta Watanabe (ankle) are out for the Nets.

Tip-off is at 7:30 p.m. ET in Brooklyn. Caesars Sportsbook lists the Nets as 3.5-point home favorites, while the over/under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 222.5 in the latest Knicks vs. Nets odds. Before you make any Nets vs. Knicks picks, you’ll want to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from the proven computer model at SportsLine.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times and has returned well over $10,000 in profit for $100 players on its top-rated NBA picks over the past four seasons. The model enters Week 4 of the 2022-23 NBA season on a stunning 97-66 roll on all top-rated NBA picks that dates back to last season, returning more than $2,300. Anyone following it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Knicks vs. Nets and locked in its picks and NBA predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model’s picks. Here are several NBA odds and betting lines for Nets vs. Knicks:

  • Knicks vs. Nets spread: Nets -3.5
  • Knicks vs. Nets over/under: 222.5 points
  • Knicks vs. Nets money line: Nets -165, Knicks +140
  • NYK: The Knicks are 2-5 against the spread in the last seven games
  • BKN: The Nets has covered the spread in three straight games
  • Knicks vs. Nets picks: See picks here
Featured Game | Brooklyn Nets vs. New York Knicks

Why the Knicks can cover

New York’s offensive projection is strong in this matchup. The Knicks are scoring 115.0 points per game this season, a top-10 mark in the NBA, and New York is excellent on the offensive glass with a 31.8% offensive rebound rate. The Knicks finish well near the rim, shooting 53.8% on 2-point attempts, and three players are averaging at least 19 points per game. Brooklyn is in the bottom third of the NBA in defensive efficiency, and the Nets are dead-last in the league in defensive rebound rate at 65.7%. Brooklyn is also in the bottom five in 3-point defense (38.9%) and free throw prevention, giving New York avenues to attack.

On defense, the Knicks are No. 2 in the NBA in field goal percentage allowed (43.5%) and in the top 10 in 2-point percentage and 3-point percentage allowed. New York is also above-average in free throw prevention, and Brooklyn is only No. 25 in the NBA in offensive rebound rate to begin the 2022-23 season.

Why the Nets can cover

Brooklyn’s edges come largely on offense, but the Nets do have defensive strengths. The Nets lead the NBA in blocked shots, averaging 8.1 per game, and Brooklyn is in the top eight in 2-point percentage allowed (49.0%), field goal percentage allowed (45.0%), and assists allowed (23.2 per game) this season. Brooklyn is also above-average in turnover creation, forcing 15.5 giveaways per game, and the Nets have more offensive firepower than the Knicks. 

Kevin Durant is the biggest part of the equation, averaging 31.0 points per game on 51.8% from the field, but the Nets are also in the top 10 in field goal percentage and 2-point percentage this season. Brooklyn is above-average in both free throw creation and free throw accuracy, with excellent ball security. The Nets commit only 13.5 turnovers per game, which should help Brooklyn to set its defense and maintain its theoretical edges.

How to make Nets vs. Knicks picks

SportsLine’s model is leaning Over on the total, projecting the teams to combine for 233 points. The model also says one side of the spread hits over 50% of the time. You can only get the model’s pick at SportsLine

So who wins Knicks vs. Nets? And which side of the spread hits over 50% of the time? Visit SportsLine now to find out which side of the spread you need to jump on, all from the model that has crushed its NBA picks, and find out. 



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