New York Knicks vs. Brooklyn Nets - 12/26/19 NBA Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: New York Knicks vs Brooklyn Nets
Date: Thursday, December 26, 2019
Location: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Brooklyn -7
Barclays Center is the venue where Spencer Dinwiddie and the Brooklyn Nets (16-13, 4th in the Atlantic Division) will take on the New York Knicks (7-24, 5th in the Atlantic Division) on Thursday. The line on this game has Brooklyn as 7 point favorites. The total is set at 221.
The Knicks are covering the spread 48.4% of the time, having gone 15-16-0 ATS. Brooklyn is covering the spread 55.2% of the time, going 16-13-0 against the spread.
Key New York Knicks Injuries
12/23/2019 Reggie Bullock SG Back Game Time Decision
12/23/2019 Wayne Ellington SG Achilles Game Time Decision
12/23/2019 Marcus Morris SF Achilles Game Time Decision
12/23/2019 Taj Gibson PF Illness Game Time Decision
Key Brooklyn Nets Injuries
12/23/2019 Kyrie Irving PG Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Dec 28
12/22/2019 Nicolas Claxton PF Hamstring Game Time Decision
12/22/2019 Caris LeVert SG Thumb Game Time Decision
12/19/2019 David Nwaba SG Achilles Out for the season
10/31/2019 Kevin Durant SF Achilles Out for the season
Julius Randle comes into this game averaging 17.9 points per contest while playing 31.7 minutes per night this year. He grabs 8.6 rebounds per contest and distributes 3.2 assists per game. His FG percentage is 45% while his free throw percentage is 69%. Marcus Morris averages 18.4 points per contest in 31.6 minutes per game. He averages 1.4 assists per game and 5.6 rebounds per contest. His field goal percentage is 43% for the season while his free throw percentage is 85%.
Spencer Dinwiddie scores 22.7 points per contest while playing 30.6 minutes per game. He hauls in 2.9 rebounds per contest and has 6.2 assists per game on the season. His FG percentage is 44% and his free throw percentage is at 84%. Taurean Waller-Prince averages 12.4 points per game this year and he sees the court an average of 30.6 minutes per game. He also brings in 6.6 rebounds per game and has 2.2 assists per contest. His field goal percentage is 38% and his free throw percentage is 76%.
Useful Team Statistics
New York averages 103.5 points per contest, which is 30th in the league. Their average scoring margin is -9.3 and their shooting percentage is 43% as a unit, which has them ranked 29th. From 3-point territory they shoot 35%, which is good for 24th in the NBA. They average 45.5 boards per contest and 20.9 assists per game, which ranks them 15th and 29th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they are 22nd with 14.3 per game. The Knicks allow 112.7 points per contest, which is 19th in the NBA. They also surrender a 47% shooting percentage and a 39% average from 3-point range, ranking them 21st and 29th in defensive field goal percentage. Opponents average 46.1 rebounds a game which ranks 22nd, and they allow 24.4 assists per game which puts them in 19th place in the league. They force 14.3 turnovers per game which ranks them 8th in the NBA.
Useful Team Statistics
Brooklyn is 13th in the NBA with 111.9 points per contest this season. They are 21st in the league in shooting at 45%, while their average scoring margin is 0.14. They shoot 34% from beyond the arc, which is good for 26th in the league. They are 2nd in the NBA in rebounding with 48.6 boards per contest and 16th in assists per game with 23.9. The Nets are 7th in turnovers per contest with 15.9. The Nets give up 111.7 points per game, which ranks them 18th in the league. Their defense surrenders a 43% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the 3-point line, ranking them 4th and 13th in those defensive statistics. They rank 3rd with 21.7 dimes allowed per game and 19th with 46.0 boards surrendered per contest. The Nets are 4th in the league in forcing turnovers with 13.3 per contest this year.
The Knicks are 27th in the league in defensive rating with 114, and their offensive rating of 104.7 is ranked 28th. They are 26th in the NBA in pace with 98.5 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 49% is 29th. As a unit they are 30th in the league in true shooting percentage with 52% and they shoot 3-pointers on 35% of their shot attempts, ranking 25th in the NBA. New York is 20th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.6 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.9 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 55%, which is 5th in the NBA.
Brooklyn is 12th in the league in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.5 times per 100 possessions while forcing 11.3 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 50%, which is 27th in the NBA. The Nets are 19th in the league in defensive rating with 107.8, and their offensive rating of 108 is ranked 13th. They are 10th in the NBA in pace with 102.5 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 52% is 22nd. As a unit they are 20th in the league in true shooting percentage with 55% and they shoot 3-pointers on 40% of their shot attempts, ranking 8th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's Knicks/Nets NBA game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Brooklyn -7
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