In Saturday’s interconference matchup, the Denver Nuggets (10-11) are striving to recover from their latest eight-game slump this season versus the New York Knicks (11-11). Can Julius Randle and the Knicks obtain their first win against the Nuggets since Oct. 30, 2017?
Denver Nuggets vs. New York Knicks news
For Saturday’s afternoon game, the Nuggets are 8-13 against the spread in the 2021-22 NBA season, whereas the Knicks are 10-12 against the spread. This game will air live at 1 p.m. ET via Altitude, MSG Network, NBA League Pass and MSG+. Upon further review of Land of Basketball’s database, based on 93 head-to-head regular season games played all-time, Denver is 49-44 versus New York. On May 5, 2021, the last time these teams faced off, the Nuggets won 113-97.
Anyways, the top story for this matchup pertains to Knicks rookie point guard Miles McBride. Yesterday, the guard was assigned to the Winchester Knicks, the league’s NBA G League affiliate, prior to their game against the College Park Skyhawks. The twenty-one-year-old was eligible to play, and he ended his showing with his first double-double in the G League. In the Knicks’ 101-92 victory, McBride had 18 points and 10 assists.
Knicks rookie Miles McBride notched his first double-double in the G League (18 pts & 10 asts) with 10 mins left in the 4th qtr. Westchester leads College Park Skyhawks, 101-92.
— alder almo (@alderalmo) December 4, 2021
Denver Nuggets vs. New York Knicks betting lines and odds
Point spread: Knicks -2 (-110)
Best moneyline: Nuggets +110, Knicks -130
Denver Nuggets vs. New York Knicks injury report
Nuggets: SG Austin Rivers (out indefinitely) | PG Jamal Murray (out indefinitely) | SG PJ Dozier (out for the season) | SF Michael Porter Jr. (out for the season) | PF Bol Bol (out indefinitely) | PG Bones Hyland
Knicks: C Nerlens Noel (questionable) | C Mitchell Robinson (questionable) | SF R.J. Barrett (probable) | PF Jericho Sims (questionable)
He’s expected to miss several games, I’m told. https://t.co/I7FIdLc8Zf
— Mike Singer (@msinger) December 2, 2021
Denver Nuggets vs. New York Knicks preview
Additionally, on Wednesday, in the Nuggets’ 108-103 road loss versus the Magic, guard Monte Morris scored a team-high 22 points in 34 minutes played. Center Nikola Jokic added another double-double to his career total as well, finishing his performance with 18 points, 15 rebounds and 7.0 assists in 36 minutes of action. In the third quarter, the Magic outscored the Nuggets 66 to 38.
Not only was Denver outscored 66 to 38 in the paint, the team was held to 20 fourth-quarter points. The Nuggets also shot (48.8%) from the field and 10-for-34 (29.4%) from behind the arc. However, the team has won just three out of their last 10 games. Now, they are 3-7 away, 7-4 at home and 3-7 ATS on the road this season.
Meanwhile, in the Knicks’ 119-115 home loss against the Bulls on Thursday, forward Julius Randle accumulated one more double-double, walking off the court with 30 points, 12 rebounds and 6.0 assists in 39 minutes spent on the court. Evan Fournier, Alec Burks and Derrick Rose each closed out their performances with 16 points, too.
Statistically, this was a winnable game for the Knicks. They outscored the Bulls 66 to 42 in the paint, and both teams had a total of 39 rebounds. New York shot 42-for-82 (51.2%) from the floor and 9-for-26 (34.6%) from three-point range. Following this defeat, the Knicks have won four out of their previous 10 contests. At the present time, the team is 5-7 at home, 6-4 away and 4-8 ATS at home.
Projected starting lineup
Nuggets: PG Monte Morris | SG Will Barton | SF Jeff Green | PF Aaron Gordon | C Nikola Jokic
Knicks: PG Alec Burks | SG Evan Fournier | SF R.J. Barrett | PF Julius Randle | C Mitchell Robinson
Denver Nuggets vs. New York Knicks prediction
Furthermore, the total for today’s Eastern Conference contest is set at 211.5. After evaluating the spread consensus, 62% of gamblers are predicting the Knicks will cover the spread at Madison Square Garden. Concerning the point total consensus, 57% of bettors are hoping the total will go under 211.5. Thus far, Denver is 5-4 as a favorite, 5-7 as an underdog and 3-7 ATS away, while New York is 8-6 as a favorite, 3-5 as an underdog and 4-8 ATS at home.
For useful betting trends, the Nuggets are 1-7 ATS in their past eight performances. The total has gone over in their last six games as well. Plus, the team is 1-7 straight up in their previous eight contests this season. Next, Denver is 7-0 SU in the team’s past seven matches versus New York. Lastly, the Nuggets are 1-4 ATS in their previous five road games this season against Eastern Conference opponents, and they are 3-6 SU in their last nine contests versus Atlantic Division opponents.
On the other side, the Knicks are 2-4 SU in their previous six performances. Also, the total has gone under in nine of their past 12 games. To add to these betting statistics, the total has gone under in seven of the team’s last 10 games played against Denver. And, the Knicks are 1-5 ATS in their previous six matches played at Madison Square Garden against the Nuggets. In other words, think about picking the Knicks to win and cover the spread.
Denver Nuggets vs. New York Knicks betting pick
Pick the Knicks to win, they will cover the spread and the total will go over 211.5. New York is a two-point favorite with BetUS.
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Source: Basketball Insider