Tonights NBA slate features two games nationally televised on ESPN. This is the first of the two, with the New York Knicks hosting the Brooklyn Nets.
After a surprisingly good season last year, the Knicks find themselves in somewhat of a disastrous season. They have a 35-44 record and are firmly without any possible playoff hopes.
So, it comes as no surprise that the star-studded Nets find themselves pretty heavy favorites here. The point spread sits at Nets -7, with the over/under at 230.
With all the weirdness that went on with the Nets this season, it is not that much of a shock to see them with only a 41-38 record and the 8 seed in the East.
With that said, the issue with the Nets was never talent, it was actually getting that talent on the court. There was a point earlier in the season when Kyrie still wasn’t playing and both Kevin Durant and James Harden (you know, when he was on the Nets) were hurt that the Nets had lost 11 straight.
Getting Durant back, and now Irving as well, has somewhat stabilized the Nets who have been above .500 since Durants return. Now that they have these two back, the Nets are currently still the betting favorite to come out of the East.
The Knicks, meanwhile, have been a train-wreck most of the season. They are lucky that the Lakers were an even bigger train-wreck or else their disappointing season would have gotten even more national attention.
The Knicks were the 4 seed last year and came into this season with some roster improvements and dreams of once again being in the playoff picture. Instead, they were so bad they didn’t even make it to the play-in.
Heading into this game, the injury report is quite long on the Knicks side too. Nerlens Noel, Cam Reddish, Julius Randle, Derrick Rose, and Kemba Walker are all out. Most of whom have been out for a while and will miss the rest of the season.
As of the time of this writing, the Nets have not listed anybody out besides Ben Simmons and Joe Harris, who will both miss the rest of the season. The Nets are on the second half of a back-to-back so it would not be a surprise if they rested some players as well. Seth Curry missed the last game and is currently listed as questionable.
One stat that I was surprised to see was that despite having Durant and Irving back, the Nets haven’t covered the spread in their last 5 games. They were favored in all 5 games too.
The Nets seem to have the bad habit of playing down to their competition, so I’ll take the Knicks to cover here even with all those players out.
Every other book, including the OddsJam Line, prices this spread at Knicks +7 at -110 odds. So, getting this number at a half point higher, at +7.5 and only -108 odds on Wynn, is a great value play.
We have sharp money coming in on the Knicks spread, so I like backing the sharps here.
New York Knicks vs Brooklyn Nets Pick:
My official betting pick for this NBA game is to take the Knicks to cover the spread. I bet this at Knicks +7.5 at -108 odds on WynnBET Sportsbook.