The Brooklyn Nets and the New York Knicks square off on Wednesday in a battle between Atlantic Division rivals. The Knicks will look to snap a three-game losing streak against a Nets team playing for the second straight night. Kyrie Irving (personal) is out of action for Brooklyn. Obi Toppin (calf), Frank Ntilikina (knee) and Alec Burks (ankle) are out for New York, with Reggie Bullock (hip) listed as doubtful.
Tip-off is at 7:30 p.m. ET at Madison Square Garden. William Hill Sportsbook lists the Nets as four-point road favorites, while the over-under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 217 in the latest Nets vs. Knicks odds. Before you make any Knicks vs. Nets picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven computer model.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Nets vs. Knicks. You can visit SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are the NBA odds from William Hill and betting trends for Knicks vs. Nets:
Nets vs. Knicks spread: Nets -4Nets vs. Knicks over-under: 217 pointsNets vs. Knicks money line: Nets -175, Knicks +155BKN: The Nets are 3-7 against the spread in the last 10 gamesNYK: The Knicks are 5-6 against the spread in 2020-21
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Why the Nets can cover
The Nets are a dynamic offensive team, scoring 113.4 points per 100 possessions this season despite personnel limitations. Brooklyn boasts an elite true shooting percentage of 60.5 percent and, with the ability to spread the floor with potent shooting all over the roster, the Nets can attack New York’s defense effectively.
Defensively, the Nets aren’t quite as electric from a personnel standpoint, but New York’s offense is scoring only 103.3 points per 100 possessions, a bottom-five mark in the NBA. The Knicks also rank in the bottom five in both effective field goal percentage (49.9 percent) and turnover rate (16.3 percent) this season, with New York struggling to create efficient looks on a regular basis. The Knicks have one of the worst assist-to-turnover ratios (1.40) in the league, and the Nets can benefit from that lack of offensive punch.
Why the Knicks can cover
The Knicks are making significant gains on the offensive glass, grabbing 28.1 percent of available rebounds so far this season. That figure ranks in the top eight of the NBA, and Julius Randle is averaging 22.1 points, 11.2 rebounds and 6.9 assists to lead the offense. New York also has an above-average free throw rate, and the Knicks are attacking the rim effectively as a team.
Defensively, the Knicks rate as an above-average group, yielding 1.08 points per possession, and that includes top-12 marks in free throw rate allowed and second-chance points allowed (11.6 per game). New York is also holding its opponents to just 32 percent from three-point range, which ranks in the top five of the NBA in the early going.
How to make Nets vs. Knicks picks
SportsLine’s model is leaning under as the simulations are projecting just 215 total points. It also says one side of the spread has all the value. You can only see that pick at SportsLine.
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