Brooklyn’s roster was stripped to the bone, but New York didn’t fence strong or play competent defense. Find out why our Nets vs. Knicks picks think this gap might be stretched too far.
The New York Knicks will be looking to bounce back from an embarrassing loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder when they host the Brooklyn Nets at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday. These Crosstown rivals both play lousy basketball, but there should be a lot of emotions when these two take the floor.
Will Brooklyn end up getting a win without Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving? Keep reading our Nets vs Knicks NBA picks and predictions for Feb. 16 to find out.
Nets vs. Knicks Odds
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The Knicks opened as 6.5-point favorites against the Nets in this game, but the Nets can only be found at 5 or 5.5 elsewhere. Meanwhile, the total opened at 217.5 in this one and hasn’t budged much.
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Nets vs Knicks Predictions
Predictions made on 2/16/2022 at 1:35 a.m. ET.
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Nets vs. Knicks game information
• Site: Square Garden House, New York, NY
• Dated: Wednesday, February 16, 2022
• Trick: 7:30 p.m. ET
• TV: ESPN
Nets vs Knicks betting overview
Nets: Kyrie Irving G (Out), Ben Simmons F (Out), Kevin Durant F (Out), Joe Harris G (Out).
Knicks: Nerlens Noel C (Doubtful), RJ Barrett F (Doubtful), Derrick Rose G (Out), Solomon Hill F (Out).
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Betting trend you need to know
The Knicks are 1-5 ATS in their last six games against teams with winning records. Find more NBA betting trends for the Nets vs. Knicks.
Nets vs Knicks Picks and Predictions
Our predictions are compiled from spread and total analysis and are indications of where we are leaning for this game.
Our best bet is the game we like the most for this game, which we will actually put some of our bankroll behind.
The Nets ended an 11-game losing streak when they beat the Sacramento Kings on Monday, and Brooklyn reinforcements Seth Curry and Andre Drummond were important in that game. Curry had 23 points in his first game with the Nets, while Drummond had 11 points, nine rebounds, four assists and two steals in that one.
With Brooklyn being extremely thin with its superstars out of roster, all it needed was rotation level players to help the Nets play better basketball. Now the team will turn its attention to a Knicks team that has lost 12 of its last 15 games.
New York really should get the outright victory over Brooklyn in this one, but it’s just hard to ask this Knicks team to comfortably win a game right now. And that gap is pretty big for a team that doesn’t know how to close games right now. New York had Oklahoma City on the ropes in the final game, but the Thunder made a late run to force overtime and ultimately won as a 10-point underdog.
Julius Randle has played much better for the Knicks in recent games, but he’s the only New York player who’s been reliable on the offensive end. Randle also happens to be ugly on the other end of the floor, so he tends to give back whatever he gets on offense. A healthy RJ Barrett return would certainly help the Knicks, but it would still be hard to trust New York to win this game by seven.
The Knicks are 25th in the league in offensive rating this year, so their offense isn’t going to scare the Nets. New York is also only 19th in the league in defensive rating over the last 15 games, so the team could struggle to stop Curry and rookie Cam Thomas.
It’s also worth mentioning that the road team is 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings between these two teams. On top of that, the Knicks are 1-8 ATS in their last nine home games against teams with road winning records.
Prediction: Nets +6.5 (-110)
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Over bets are 5-2 in the last seven road games the Nets have played against record-breaking teams at home. With Brooklyn playing extremely shorthanded right now, the team also can’t be counted on to get consistent saves. And the Nets will also have an offensive-minded group of players here.
Considering the Knicks have been struggling defensively recently, the Nets should be able to do their part to help Over bettors cash in on this one. New York, which has been lousy on the offensive end, also has a chance for strong back-to-back performances on offense here. The team looked much better in that regard against Oklahoma City and that confidence should linger for a bit.
Prediction: More than 217.5 (-110)
Curry had 23 points in 32 minutes of action in his debut for Brooklyn, showing it won’t take long to settle into his new team. The sniper now faces a Knicks team that has allowed opponents to shoot over 45.0 percent from the floor in five of the last six games. He’ll also be playing without Irving, which means Brooklyn will rely on his services.
With more opportunities on the ball than usual, it’s hard to see a scenario in which Curry doesn’t score at least 16 points here. In fact, it would be quite a surprise if the veteran guard didn’t hit the 20-point mark tonight.
Take: Seth Curry Over 15.5 points (-125)
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