New York Knicks vs Denver Nuggets Prediction, 5/5/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New York Knicks vs Denver Nuggets
Date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Location: Ball Arena in Denver, CO
Odds/Point Spread: New York (+3)
The Denver Nuggets (43-22) host the New York Knicks (37-28) at Ball Arena on Wednesday. New York opens this game as 3-point underdogs. The over/under opens at 214.
The New York Knicks took the court against the Memphis Grizzlies and went home with a win by a final score of 118-104 in their last game. New York ended the contest having earned a 50.6% field goal percentage (45 out of 89) and converted 14 out of their 27 three-point shots. From the charity stripe, the Knicks knocked down 14 of their 18 attempts for a rate of 77.8%. In the matter of grabbing rebounds, they collected 45 with 8 of them being offensive. They also distributed 19 assists for the contest while creating 12 turnovers and having 6 steals. When talking about the defense, New York allowed their opponent to shoot 39.5% from the field on 34 of 86 shooting. Memphis earned 26 assists and had 7 steals in the game. In addition, Memphis grabbed 46 rebounds (13 offensive, 33 defensive) and had 8 rejections. Memphis finished the contest at 83.3% at the free throw line by converting 20 of their 24 shots. They converted 16 of 41 tries from beyond the perimeter.
Julius Randle is one guy who was a major contributor for this contest. He left the arena with 28 points on 9 out of 23 shooting. He was on the court for 38:14 mins and also snagged 6 rebounds. Randle finished shooting 39.1% from the field and recorded 6 dimes. Someone else that came through in this contest for the Knicks was RJ Barrett. He collected 7 rebounds in his 34:00 min played on the night. He shot 41.7% from the floor in this contest by shooting 5-of-12 (15 points). When the time ran out, Barrett totaled 3 assists.
New York enters this contest with a record of 37-28 for the season. They currently have an average of 107.4 pts per contest (25th in basketball) while shooting 45.8% from the floor. The Knicks are connecting on 39.1% on three-point attempts (757 of 1,936) and 78.0% from the free throw line. As a unit, New York is snagging 45.3 rebounds per contest and has accumulated 1,387 dimes for the campaign, which is 29th in basketball in terms of passing the ball. They lose possession via turnover 13.1 times per contest and as a group they are committing 20.5 fouls every game. Defensively, the Knicks are forcing their opponents into 12.8 turnovers per contest and they draw 17.9 personal fouls. They currently rank 6th in the NBA in allowing assists to the opposition with 1,523 conceded on the campaign. The Knicks defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 44.3% (2,464 of 5,566) and they surrender 43.5 rebounds per contest as a basketball team. They are surrendering 33.8% on 3-point attempts and they are 1st in basketball in points per game allowed (104.6).
The last time they took the court, the Denver Nuggets went home defeated by a final of 93-89 against the Los Angeles Lakers. The Nuggets earned 35 defensive boards and 6 offensive rebounds totaling 41 for the matchup. They also gave up possession 12 times, while recording 10 steals in the matchup. The Lakers committed 20 fouls for this contest which got the Nuggets to the free throw line for 16 shots. They were able to make 11 of the free throws for a rate of 68.8%. When it comes to three-point attempts, Denver buried 6 of their 24 attempts (25.0%). In all, the Nuggets went 36 out of 82 from the field which had them shooting 43.9%. The Nuggets permitted the Lakers to knock down 32 of their 73 attempts from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 43.8% for the matchup. They went 43.3% from three-point range by going 13 of 30 and ended up shooting 16 of 23 at the free throw line (69.6%). In the matter of cleaning the glass, Denver permitted Los Angeles to snag 43 in total (7 on the offensive glass).
Nikola Jokic ended up having an impact for the Nuggets for the game. He converted 12 of 28 in this game for a field goal percentage of 42.9%, and had 9 rebounds. Jokic had 32 points in his 35:36 mins of playing time and had 5 dimes for this game. One more player that ended up playing a role for Denver was Michael Porter Jr.. He ended up with no assists in 39:30 mins on the hardwood, and he converted 8 of 15 from the floor. Porter ended up shooting 53.3% from the field and also totaling 19 points and 6 boards.
Denver has a record of 43-22 so far this year. The Nuggets commit 18.9 personal fouls every game and they hit 79.7% from the free throw line. They are dishing out assists 27.0 times per game (2nd in the NBA) and they lose possession via turnover 13.5 times per contest. Denver has scored 7,481 pts so far this year (115.1 per game) and they grab 44.5 boards per game. As an offensive unit, the Nuggets are connecting on 48.7% from the floor, which has them ranked 3rd in the league. The Nuggets on the defensive side of the court are 8th in the NBA in points per game surrendered with 109.9. They have allowed 26.1 dimes and 41.0 rebounds per game, which ranks 27th and 1st in the NBA. The Denver defense surrenders 36.2% from downtown (833 of 2,298) and opponents are making 77.5% of their foul shots. They are forcing their opponents into 14.1 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 46.9% from the field (18th in the league).
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Denver (-3) and under 214 points
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