NBA Betting Previews
The Knicks have no chance to make the playoffs and Denver will get a high seed in the post season, but the Nuggets are only .500 on the road and are 0-4 ATS in their last four games as a favorite.
Denver Nuggets (47-23) at New York Knicks (25-45)
has the Nuggets favored by 6 points in the game with a total of 217.
Tonight in the Big Apple the New York Knicks host the Denver Nuggets. Both teams are coming off a loss, but the Knicks are only 4-6 in their last 10 games while the Nuggets are 8-2 in their last 10.
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The Knicks are 10.5 games out of the last playoff spot in the East and the Nuggets are in second place in the Western Conference five games back of the L.A. Lakers and only one game ahead of the Dallas Mavericks.
This season the Knicks are 15-22 at home and 32-37-1 ATS and the Nuggets are 17-17 on the road and 31-35-4 ATS.
The Nuggets have won four straight games against the Knicks and in that span New York has given up an average of 117.8 ppg.
In the last game the Knicks scored 125 points and they still lost the game. This game is a match up of a couple of high-scoring teams that are not good on the defensive end of the court, as the Nuggets rank third in the league in scoring (107.5 ppg) and 22nd in points allowed (102.3 ppg) and the Knicks rank 13th in scoring (101.6 ppg) and 25th in points allowed (104.5 ppg).
Denver is a decent team on the boards, but the Knicks are far from decent with a rebounding differential of -4.8 rpg. Luckily for the Knicks they will not be facing the Nuggets’ leading rebounder, as Kenyon Martin (9.6 rpg) is out for tonight’s game.
New York will have to put up a ton of points tonight to win since their defense is so weak. However, if the Knicks can slow the pace of the game and make this a half court contest they have a shot at the win.
Carmelo Anthony dropped 50 on the Knicks this season in a home win in Denver and he has torched the Knicks in New York averaging 31.3 ppg on 53.9% shooting in his last four games at Madison Square Garden.
In four of the last five games in New York between these two teams the total has gone Over.
Wednesday NBA Odds Preview
Orlando Magic at Atlanta Hawks
The Magic have won three straight and are 9-1 in their last 10 games and it looks as if they will get the second seed in the Eastern Conference. The Hawks are coming off a loss and are tied with the Boston Celtics for third in the East. Atlanta would love to finish ahead of Boston, as the third seed would avoid playing Cleveland in the second round of the playoffs.
L.A. Lakers at San Antonio Spurs
The Lakers have won six straight and unless they implode they will be the top seed in the West in the post-season. The Spurs are tied for the sixth spot in the West only leading eighth place Portland by one game. They only trail fourth place Utah by three games and if they finish the season on fire they may host a first round playoff series.
Thursday NBA Point Spreads
Miami Heat at Chicago Bulls
This Eastern Conference match up is important for both teams, especially Chicago since they are 2.5 games back of Charlotte for the eighth and last playoff spot in the East. Miami is in the sixth spot in the East, but only lead Charlotte by one game.
Dallas Mavericks at Portland Trailblazers
Both teams are looking to finish the season strong to improve their playoff positioning. The Blazers are in the eighth spot and want to move up to avoid playing the Lakers in the first round. The Mavs are in the third spot in the West only one game back of second place Denver.