Knicks at Nets: What bettors need to know
New York Knicks at Brooklyn Nets (+3, 191)
The New York Knicks have a score to settle with the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday night, and it couldn't come at a more opportune time with their city neighbors mired in a four-game slide. New York will make its second trip to the brand-new Barclays Center and is seeking to avenge a 96-89 overtime loss to Brooklyn before a boisterous crowd on Nov. 26. That game left the Knicks and Nets tied atop the Atlantic Division with 9-4 records, but the teams have gone in opposite directions since the end of November.
New York has won six of its last seven and is 4-1 this month while Brooklyn has followed up a five-game winning streak by going 0-4 in December to fall 3 1/2 games off the pace in the division. The skid includes three straight home losses for the Nets, who had won seven of their first eight at the Barclays Center. Even the two-game absence of Carmelo Anthony failed to slow the Knicks, who went into Miami and pounded the defending NBA champions by 20 points without their superstar forward.
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ABOUT NEW YORK (15-5, 13-7 ATS):
Anthony returned to the lineup to score 34 points against his former teammates as the Knicks outlasted Denver on Sunday to improve to 8-0 at Madison Square Garden. New York is the only team that has yet to lose at home and has its next six games at MSG following the matchup with Brooklyn. Knicks C Tyson Chandler, who leads the league in field goal percentage (70.9), has five double-doubles in his last six games and torched the Nets for 28 points (on 12-of-13 shooting) and 10 rebounds in their last matchup.
ABOUT BROOKLYN (11-8, 10-7-2 ATS):
Leading scorer Brook Lopez (18.5 ppg) has sat out the past five games with a sprained right foot - during which Brooklyn went 1-4 - but the biggest issue of late has come at the defensive end. After not allowing an opponent to reach 90 points during a five-game winning streak, the Nets have surrendered an average of 106.2 points during the four-game skid. The 7-0 center practiced on Monday and has been listed as a game-time decision. Lopez had 22 points and 11 boards in the first meeting.TRENDS:
* Under is 4-1 in the last five meetings.
* Knicks are 7-2-1 ATS in the last 10 meetings at the Nets.
* Under is 5-2 in the last seven meetings at the Nets.
* Road team is 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings.BUZZER BEATERS:
1. The Nets (4-0) are the only Atlantic team with a perfect division record.
2. The Knicks, who average a league-best 11.9 3-pointers made, were only 6-for-21 in the first matchup.
3. New York has won six of the last eight meetings, including two of three last season.