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Malcolm Rashaad Banks is a multimedia journalist with a concentration in sports and entertainment. A 2016 graduate of Morehouse College, he was tasked during his time on campus with revitalizing the campus newspapers sports content as its Lead Editor. In 2015, Banks interned at NY Amsterdam News, producing weekly think pieces and articles, including a front-page story on Serena Williams. Since graduating from Morehouse, Banks continues to create unique content found in publications including UPTOWN magazine, Prep Hoops, Sports Radio America, Pelican Debrief, and more.

Team: New York Knicks
Sport to bet on: NFL
Sports movie: Remember the Titans
Sports snack: Pizza
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I take pride in monitoring the ascension of Denver Nuggets Center Nikola Jokic well before he was the bona fide back-to-back MVP. As the 2020-21 NBA season was set to begin, I combined my research (and a great deal of hope) to pick Jokic to win the MVP award when he was a +4,000 underdog.
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Rarely do I let my fandom get in the way of reality, but if there was ever a moment in time where that was the case it's when I foolishly bet the house on the Jets reaching a Super Bowl in the 2011-12 season. The Jets were riding high going into the season with Rex Ryan preaching he wouldn’t kiss Bill Belichick’s rings and back-to-back AFC appearances had me falling for the immense hype. The result? A disappointing 8-8 season and no playoff birth.
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Knicks vs Cavaliers Picks and Predictions: Mobley Holds Down Middle for Cavs

Mar 31, 2023 • 8:30 AM ET

The Cavaliers and Knicks face off tonight in a likely first-round preview, but Julius Randle's absence means a lot more to the Knicks than this spread might suggest, as our NBA picks explain.

Heat vs Knicks Picks and Predictions: Jimmy Buckets Gets His Kicks Over Knicks

Mar 29, 2023 • 11:55 AM ET

Miami Heat star Jimmy Butler torched the New York Knicks for 35 points when they met just last week, and he looks primed for another outstanding effort tonight, as our NBA betting picks explain.

Grizzlies vs Hawks Picks and Predictions: Memphis Clamps Down on Trae

Mar 26, 2023 • 12:48 PM ET

Trae Young was ejected from Atlanta's game on Saturday and things won't get easier for him tonight as he goes up against Dillon Brooks and a tough Grizzlies defense. We break down the matchup and more in our NBA betting picks below.

Pacers vs Celtics Picks and Predictions: Brown Goes to Town

Mar 24, 2023 • 10:50 AM ET

The Pacers' defense has been slipping of late, despite their efforts to chase the play-in. Our NBA picks are counting on Jaylen Brown to take advantage tonight when the Celtics play host.

Knicks vs Heat Picks and Predictions: Can Heat Cool Randle Off?

Mar 22, 2023 • 9:27 AM ET

Julius Randle's been on a serious, um, heater, and the Knicks All-Star's performance against Miami this season suggests he's cracked their defense's code. See why our NBA picks are backing him for a big game in this pivotal East clash.

Nuggets vs Knicks Picks and Predictions: Randle Rumbles to Early Buckets

Mar 18, 2023 • 8:50 AM ET

Julius Randle's been picking up his first-quarter production even more of late, and against a soft defense with Jalen Brunson still marginalized at-best, this Knicks-Nuggets matchup provides him with another easy prop takedown.

Warriors vs Clippers Picks and Predictions: LAC Perimeter Gets Cooked by Chef

Mar 15, 2023 • 12:43 PM ET

Steph Curry has been cooking with the Warriors feeling some urgency, and tonight's matchup with the Clippers doesn't show much potential for things to slow down. See why our NBA picks are backing the Chef for a big night.

Knicks vs Trail Blazers Picks and Predictions: Portland in a Storm

Mar 14, 2023 • 12:39 PM ET

The Trail Blazers have looked like a different team since they last faced the Knicks, who are holding it down in Jalen Brunson's absence. With injury concerns, our NBA picks don't see the Blazers having the weapons to fire back in this matchup.

Suns vs Warriors Picks and Predictions: Steph Has Phoenix's Number

Mar 13, 2023 • 9:35 AM ET

Steph Curry is back from injury and has returned to his ways of torching the NBA. He's fresh off a 36-point game against Milwaukee and looks like the best bet on the board to light it up again Monday night — read more in our NBA betting picks below.

Knicks vs Clippers Picks and Predictions: Westbrook Lays More Bricks

Mar 11, 2023 • 10:07 AM ET

Russell Westbrook's fall from grace hasn't landed too well with the Clippers, where he's remained out of rhythm and heavily schemed against by opposing defenses. Our NBA picks expect no different against the Knicks today.

Knicks vs Kings Picks and Predictions: Barrett Aids Knicks Cause With Assists

Mar 9, 2023 • 12:20 PM ET

The Knicks will try to get back in the win column against the Kings in Sacramento tonight. A productive night from RJ Barrett would go a long way in accomplishing that goal, and our NBA expert picks think he'll do so via the assist.

Hornets vs Knicks Picks and Predictions: Barrett Stings Charlotte at MSG

Mar 7, 2023 • 12:39 PM ET

The red-hot Knicks host the lifeless Hornets tonight at MSG. In a brutally lopsided matchup, our NBA betting picks are looking at the player prop market — find out more below.

Suns vs Mavericks Picks and Predictions: Bank on Booker

Mar 5, 2023 • 9:48 AM ET

The Suns and the Mavericks close out their regular season series this afternoon. This will be the first real test for the new-look Suns, and Devin Booker should pass with flying colors, as our NBA expert picks suggest.

Knicks vs Heat Picks and Predictions: Heat Cool Off Randle

Mar 3, 2023 • 1:57 PM ET

Julius Randle has been hot of late, but the Heat present a matchup that could lead to the Knicks leaning more on Jalen Brunson on Friday, as our NBA picks explain.

Nets vs Knicks Picks and Predictions: Brunson Torches Poor Brooklyn Defense

Mar 1, 2023 • 11:22 AM ET

The Battle of New York takes place tonight with the Knicks looking to win two straight against Brooklyn. Jalen Brunson has been a stud since the calendar hit 2023, and our NBA betting picks predict another strong showing tonight.

Clippers vs Nuggets Picks and Predictions: Russ Continues to Thrive in New Home

Feb 26, 2023 • 1:04 PM ET

Russell Westbrook has provided a nice spark since flipping to the other Los Angeles squad and now gets a matchup against a Nuggets team on the second night of a back-to-back where his non-stop motor should dominate — read more in our NBA picks below.

Pelicans vs Knicks Picks and Predictions: Barrett Underwhelms Again

Feb 25, 2023 • 11:09 AM ET

RJ Barrett's been slowly sliding into Tom Thibodeau's doghouse, and in a matchup that doesn't favor him, our NBA picks see a spot where his offensive production gets heavily stymied.

Knicks vs Wizards Picks and Predictions: Jalen Makes Washington Disappear

Feb 24, 2023 • 12:11 PM ET

Jalen Brunson's had the hot hand in 2023, and with the Knicks facing an every-win-matters scenario down the stretch, our NBA picks don't see him slowing down tonight — especially against the Wizards' defense.

Celtics vs Pacers Picks and Predictions: Tatum Turns Up in Indy

Feb 23, 2023 • 10:29 AM ET

Boston is sitting atop the Eastern Conference and will look to punch down tonight when it faces a struggling Indiana team that is just 2-8 over its last 10 games. Find out more in our Celtics vs. Pacers betting picks.

Heat vs Nets Picks and Predictions: Dinwiddie Keeps Cookin'

Feb 15, 2023 • 2:10 PM ET

Brooklyn's roster is certainly not what it once was but that's opened the door for a returning Brooklyn Net to fill up the stat sheet. Back Spencer Dinwiddie to go Over his points total tonight — find out why in our NBA betting picks below.

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