The New York Knicks will be looking for their third straight win over the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night as those Atlantic Division clubs hit the hardwood at Madison Square Garden.
New York has won each of its last two games against Brooklyn, including a 100-86 victory as a 5.5-point home favorite in the most recent meeting between the teams on December 19. The Nets have covered the spread in two of their three matchups this year.
The Knicks sit at 25-13 (21-17 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Nets are currently 24-16 (18-20-2 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? New York is 20-16-2 OU, and Brooklyn is 18-22 OU. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game pits the Knicks, currently No. 15 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Nets, who rate No. 16 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 102-99 victory for the Knicks.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up New York's No. 8-ranked offense (101.5 PPG) against a Nets defense that ranks No. 5 at 94.6 PPG. The Knicks have averaged 44.5% from the field per game, more than the Nets have managed so far this season (44.3% on average).
Defensively, the Nets feature the league's No. 5-rated defense on the road, giving up 95.1 points per game. New York, meanwhile, comes in at No. 8 in the league in scoring at home.
Brooklyn won its last outing, a 94-89 result against the Hawks on January 18. The Nets failed to cover in that game as a 7-point favorite, while the 183 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Deron Williams scored 24 points leading the Nets to a 94-89 victory over Atlanta at Barclays Center on Friday.
In their last action, New York was a 102-87 winner on the road against the Pistons. They covered the 5.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (189) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. New York got 26 points from Carmelo Anthony en route to a 102-87 victory over Detroit on Thursday at O2 Arena.
Brooklyn Nets Trends:
When playing on Monday are 2-8
Before playing Minnesota are 4-6
After playing Atlanta are 3-7
After a win are 7-3
New York Knicks Trends:
When playing on Monday are 3-7
Before playing Boston are 2-8
After playing Detroit are 4-6
After a win are 5-5
A few Nets at Knicks trends to consider:
Brooklyn is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Brooklyn's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Brooklyn's last 11 games when playing on the road against New York
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Brooklyn's last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of New York's last 11 games when playing at home against Brooklyn
New York is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games when playing Brooklyn
New York is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Brooklyn
New York is 15-5 SU in its last 20 games at home
Brooklyn at Minnesota, Wednesday, January 23
New York at Boston, Thursday, January 24