New York Knicks at Brooklyn Nets (+1.5)
Originally scheduled as a season-opening clash between new neighbors, the first meeting of the New York Knicks and the relocated Brooklyn Nets has blown into a matchup of the top two teams in the Atlantic Division. The long-awaited meeting was postponed Nov. 1 because of Superstorm Sandy, but it will carry even more weight on Monday. The Knicks snapped a two-game losing streak with a 121-100 home win over Detroit on Sunday to maintain their top spot in the division.
Brooklyn was sluggish for three quarters Sunday before pulling away for a 98-85 home win over Portland. The Nets have won five straight and six of their first seven games at Barclays Center - the franchise's best start at home since winning 18 of its first 19 in the 2002-03 season - and they sit just a game behind the Knicks for the best record in the division and the second-best mark in the Eastern Conference.
TV: 7 p.m. ET, TNT
ABOUT THE KNICKS (9-3, 9-3 ATS): New York has four players averaging double-digit scoring led by Brooklyn native Carmelo Anthony (25.6 points, 6.6 rebounds). Point guard Raymond Felton (15.7 points, 7.3 assists), key reserve J.R. Smith (15.5 points, 5.5 rebounds) and center Tyson Chandler (10.3 points, 8.5 rebounds) also are putting up big numbers, and veterans Rasheed Wallace (8.2 points, 4.1 rebounds) and Jason Kidd (8.0 points, 3.4 assists) are giving the Knicks good minutes. New York is still without Amar'e Stoudemire, who had left knee surgery on Oct. 31 and was expected to miss 6-8 weeks.
ABOUT THE NETS (8-4, 7-3-2 ATS): Brooklyn has built its foundation around point guard Deron Williams (16.8 points, 8.5 assists) and complemented him with a nice inside-outside duo in 7-foot center Brook Lopez (19.0 points, 6.2 rebounds) and swingman Joe Johnson (15.8 points, 3.7 assists). Johnson led the team with 21 points against Portland. He and Lopez each have scored in double digits in nine straight and 11 of 12 this season. Forward Kris Humphries' numbers are down a bit this year - he's averaging 8.4 points and 8.9 rebounds - but he posted his fourth double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds Sunday.
* Knicks are 7-1-1 ATS in the last nine road meetings with Nets.
* Knicks are 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings.
* Under is 10-4 in the last 14 meetings.
* Favorite is 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings.
* Road team is 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings.
1. Brooklyn is 4-0 when scoring at least 100 points. The Knicks have allowed triple digits in five of their past seven games, including three losses.
2. Anthony has led the Knicks in scoring in 11 of their 12 games, including a team-best 29 points in Sunday's win.
3. The Nets are 3-0 when holding opponents under 80 points and 7-1 when allowing 100 points or fewer. New York has topped 100 in four straight games and nine of 12 overall.