Having paid off against the New York Knicks twice already this season, the Brooklyn Nets will try to do it once again on Wednesday night as those teams battle at Madison Square Garden.
Brooklyn won outright as a 1-point home underdog in a 96-89 victory over New York on November 26, then covered a 3.5-point spread in a 100-97 home loss to the Knicks on December 11. Those games were a 1-1 split on the OVER/UNDER for totals bettors.
The Nets will look to vanquish their hosts on Wednesday, as they are 12-11-1 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Knicks are 14-10 ATS. Brooklyn is 9-15 against the total, while New York is 13-9-2 versus the number. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 11 (Knicks) and the No. 14 (Nets) teams in the league, according to our current NBA Power Rankings at Odds Shark. A 104-99 result in favor of the Knicks is predicted by handicapping models.
How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features New York's No. 28-rated squad against Brooklyn's No. 16-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, New York rates No. 1 in the league with 11.9 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 9 with 7.7 per outing.
Defensively, the Nets feature the league's No. 1-rated defense on the road, giving up 90 points per game. New York, meanwhile, comes in at No. 5 in the league in scoring at home.
Last time out for Brooklyn, they were a 92-90 loser as they battled the Jazz at home. The Nets failed to cover in the match as a 4.5-point favorite, while 182 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Brooklyn got 21 points from Joe Johnson but lost anyway 92-90 against the Jazz on Tuesday at Barclays Center.
New York was a 109-96 loser in its last match at home against the Rockets. They failed to cover the 7.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 205 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. New York got 29 points from Chris Copeland en route to a 109-96 loss against Houston on Monday at Madison Square Garden.
Brooklyn Nets Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 4-6
Before playing Philadelphia are 2-8
After playing Utah are 6-4
After a loss are 3-7
New York Knicks Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 7-3
Before playing Chicago are 6-4
After playing Houston are 6-4
After a loss are 7-3
A few Nets at Knicks trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Brooklyn's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Brooklyn's last 10 games when playing on the road against New York
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Brooklyn's last 14 games
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Brooklyn's last 16 games when playing New York
New York is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 6 of New York's last 7 games at home
New York is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of New York's last 10 games when playing at home against Brooklyn
Brooklyn home to Philadelphia, Sunday, December 23
New York home to Chicago, Friday, December 21