Barclays Center showcases a cross-city battle between the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night. The Knicks enter with a 15-10 road record and a 27-23 overall mark this season. The Nets are 29-19 overall and 13-8 in home games. Kevin Durant (knee) is out for Brooklyn, with T.J. Warren (shin) listed as doubtful and both Ben Simmons (knee) and Day'Ron Sharpe (back) listed as questionable. Mitchell Robinson (thumb) is out for New York.
Caesars Sportsbook lists Brooklyn as the 2-point favorite for this 5:30 p.m. ET tipoff. The total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, or the over/under, is 223.5 in the latest Knicks vs. Nets odds. Before making any Nets vs. Knicks picks, you'll want to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from the proven computer model at SportsLine.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Nets vs. Knicks and just locked in its picks and NBA predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model's picks. Here are several NBA odds and betting lines for Knicks vs. Nets:
- Knicks vs. Nets spread: Nets -2
- Knicks vs. Nets over/under: 223.5 points
- Knicks vs. Nets money line: Nets -130, Knicks +110
- NYK: The Knicks are 17-8 against the spread in road games
- BKN: The Nets are 8-12-1 against the spread in home games
- Knicks vs. Nets picks: See picks at SportsLine
Why the Knicks can cover
The Knicks are stout and well-coached on defense, posting top-six marks in the NBA in field goal percentage allowed (45.1%), 3-point percentage allowed (34.5%), 2-point percentage allowed (53.0%) and points allowed in the paint (45.0 per game). New York is facing a Brooklyn offense that is in the bottom three in free throw creation and offensive rebounding, and the Knicks have plenty of strengths on offense.
New York is scoring 114.9 points per 100 possessions, a top-10 figure, and the Knicks lead the NBA in live-ball turnover avoidance (6.0 per game) and second-chance points (17.6 per game). New York commits only 13.1 giveaways per game, and the Knicks win on the margins with 25.7 free throw attempts per game and an outstanding 32.6% offensive rebound rate. Brooklyn is below-average on free throw prevention, 3-point defense, and turnover creation on the defensive end, and the Knicks are much closer to home than a traditional road game.
Why the Nets can cover
Brooklyn projects to benefit from home-court advantage, as the Nets are out-scoring opponents by more than four points per 100 possessions at Barclays Center. The Nets are led by a dynamic creator in Kyrie Irving, and the team has top-flight metrics this season. Irving is averaging 37.2 points, 7.6 assists, and 6.4 rebounds per game in the last five contests, operating as the No. 1 option in the absence of Durant.
The Nets are in the top eight of the NBA in scoring efficiency, averaging more than 1.15 points per possession, and Brooklyn is in the top two of the league in field goal percentage, 3-point percentage and 2-point percentage. On defense, the Nets are above-average overall, and Brooklyn leads the NBA in blocked shots (6.9 per game) and 2-point percentage allowed (50.3%). The Nets are No. 3 in field goal percentage allowed (45.3%), and Brooklyn is a top-eight team in points allowed in the paint (48.1 per game) and assists allowed (23.2 per game).
How to make Nets vs. Knicks picks
SportsLine's model is leaning Over on the total, projecting the teams to combine for 233 points. The model also says one side hits well over 50% of the time. You can only get the pick at SportsLine.
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