The Brooklyn Nets and the New York Knicks face off in a showdown between longtime NBA rivals on Tuesday. The Nets are 14-6 this season and 7-2 in the last nine games. The Knicks are 11-9 overall and 4-3 in the last seven contests. Joe Harris (ankle) and Nic Claxton (illness) are out for Brooklyn. RJ Barrett (illness), Taj Gibson (groin), Nerlens Noel (knee) and Derrick Rose (ankle) are listed as questionable for New York.
Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m. ET in Brooklyn. Caesars Sportsbook lists Brooklyn as a 6.5-point home favorite, while the over-under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 216.5 in the latest Knicks vs. Nets odds. Before making any Nets vs. Knicks picks or NBA predictions, be sure to check out what SportsLine’s advanced computer model has to say.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Knicks vs. Nets and just locked in its NBA picks and predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model’s picks. Now, here are several NBA odds and betting lines for Nets vs. Knicks:
- Knicks vs. Nets spread: Nets -6.5
- Knicks vs. Nets over-under: 216.5 points
- Knicks vs. Nets money line: Nets -270, Knicks +220
- NYK: The Knicks are 9-11 against the spread in the last 20 games
- BKN: The Nets are 8-11-1 against the spread in the last 20 games
Why the Knicks can cover
New York’s defense is stout under Tom Thibodeau, and the numbers reflect that. The Knicks are No. 3 in the NBA in field-goal percentage allowed (42.8 percent) and No. 2 in the NBA in 2-point percentage allowed (49.0 percent). New York is also in the top five in blocked shots (5.9 per game) and points allowed in the paint (41.5 per game), with an above-average mark in fast-break points allowed (11.8 per game).
Brooklyn is very good on offense, but the Nets are also last in the league in offensive rebound rate at only 21.2 percent. The Knicks are shooting well on offense, knocking down 36.6 percent of 3-point attempts, and New York is in the top 10 in free-throw attempts (21.1 per game). Finally, Thibodeau’s team is above-average in offensive rebound rate (27.2 percent) and turnover rate (14.2 percent), helping to provide stability even on nights when the Knicks don’t shoot at a high level.
Why the Nets can cover
Brooklyn is above-average on both ends of the floor. The Nets are scoring 1.09 points per possession this season, including top-five marks in field-goal percentage (46.7 percent) and 3-point percentage (37.5 percent). Brooklyn is also in the top six in assists (25.3 per game) and in the top ten in both free-throw creation (21.2 attempts per game) and free-throw accuracy (80.6 percent).
On defense, the Nets are playing at a high level, allowing only 1.05 points per possession. Brooklyn is leading the NBA in 3-point shooting allowed (30.7 percent), with the No. 2 mark in field-goal percentage allowed (42.6 percent). The Nets are preventing opponents from setting up good looks, allowing only 21.6 assists per game, and New York’s offense is in the bottom 10 in shooting efficiency. The Knicks are also No. 28 in assists with just 21.4 per game, and Brooklyn matches up well against New York’s attack.
How to make Knicks vs. Nets picks
SportsLine’s model is leaning under on the point total, with only one player projected to score more than 20 points. The model also says one side of the Nets vs. Knicks point spread hits in almost 70 percent of simulations. You can only see the model’s Knicks vs. Nets pick at SportsLine.
So who wins Knicks vs. Nets? And which side of the spread hits in almost 70 percent of simulations? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Knicks vs. Nets spread you need to jump on Tuesday, all from the model that has crushed its NBA picks, and find out.