The Denver Nuggets will look to continue their dominance over the New York Knicks when they meet in NBA action on Saturday afternoon. The Nuggets (10-11) have won seven in a row against the Knicks (11-11), winning five of those games by double figures, including a 114-89 triumph at New York last January. New York, which is 4-6 in its last 10 games, is 3-1 against Western Conference foes this season. Denver has won its last three road games against the Knicks and five of six. Nerlens Noel (knee) is questionable for New York, while R.J Barrett (illness) is probable.
The game from Madison Square Garden in New York is scheduled to tip off at 1 p.m. ET. The Nuggets are averaging 103.6 points per game this season, while the Knicks average 106.9. New York is a two-point favorite in the latest Nuggets vs. Knicks odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is set at 209. Before making any Knicks vs. Nuggets picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's proven model.
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- Nuggets vs. Knicks spread: Knicks -2
- Nuggets vs. Knicks over-under: 209 points
- Nuggets vs. Knicks money line: Knicks -135, Nuggets +115
- DEN: The Nuggets are 7-3 against the spread in their last 10 road games against a team with a losing home record
- NYK: The Knicks are 16-5 ATS in their last 21 Saturday games
Why the Knicks can cover
Shooting guard Evan Fournier has been on a roll of late, scoring in double figures in five straight games and in six of seven. In a 99-90 win at Atlanta on Nov. 27, he scored 20 points, his highest output since a 32-point performance on opening night against Boston. For the season, Fournier is averaging 13.2 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists and one steal per game. In his only matchup against the Nuggets last season, he scored 31 points and dished out six assists.
Point guard Derrick Rose has reached double figures in 12 games this season, including back-to-back 16-point games this week vs. Chicago and at Brooklyn. Rose has scored 20 or more points in three games this season, including 23 at Milwaukee on Nov. 5 and Orlando on Oct. 24. For the season, Rose is averaging 12.4 points, 2.8 rebounds and 3.8 assists. In one game against the Nuggets last season, Rose scored 14 points, dished out three assists and grabbed two rebounds.
Why the Nuggets can cover
Despite that, New York isn't a lock to cover the Nuggets vs. Knicks spread. That's because Denver has seven players averaging at least eight points per game. Center Nikola Jokic is back in the lineup and has already made his presence felt. He scored 24 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in a 120-111 win at Miami on Nov. 29, and added 18 points and 15 rebounds in Wednesday's loss at Orlando. For the year, Jokic leads the Nuggets with 25.7 points, 13.8 rebounds and 6.4 assists per game.
Also putting up big numbers for the Nuggets is small forward Will Barton. Barton is averaging 16.1 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game, and is connecting on 45.2 percent of his shots from the floor. He has reached double figures in seven straight games and in 11 of 12. Barton's best game so far was a 30-point, six-rebound effort in a 101-98 win against Indiana on Nov. 10.
How to make Nuggets vs. Knicks picks
SportsLine's model is leaning over on the total, with the teams projected to combine for 213 points. The model also says one side of the spread hits in almost 60 percent of simulations. You can only see the model's pick at SportsLine.
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