Don’t look now, but the New York Knicks are the hottest bet in the NBA. Yes, those New York Knicks.
After starting the year with an unimpressive 5-7 SU record, the Knicks have since gone 7-2 SU while covering the spread eight times during that span. Carmelo Anthony and company are 13-8 ATS on the year – good enough to make them the third-best bet in the Association behind Toronto (14-6-1) and Houston (14-7).
BetOnline opened the Knickerbockers as 5-point home underdogs for Wednesday’s clash with the Cleveland Cavaliers, but that line had been bet all the way up to +8.5 at the time of writing. New York has been tabbed as dogs in seven of its past nine and cashed in six of those affairs.
How have Jeff Hornacek’s crew caught fire at the betting window? One word: offense. The Knicks have scored at least 100 points in each of their past 11 games after topping that mark only five times in their first 10. Carmelo Anthony (23 points per game) has been his usual dominant self, while Latvian phenom/franchise savior Kristaps Porzingis is averaging 20.2 in his sophomore campaign.
The impact of offseason addition Derrick Rose cannot be overlooked. Rose is averaging 16.7 PPG on 45 percent shooting in his first year in the Big Apple, but the bigger story has been his health. Rose’s brutal injury history is well documented, but the former Chicago Bull has managed to stay on the floor for every game in the first quarter of the campaign. Rose’s status for tonight’s tilt is up in the air, as he’s been suffering from back spasms. He’s officially listed as questionable.
With games against Sacramento, Phoenix, Denver, Indiana, Orlando and the L.A. Lakers on the docket before Christmas, the Knicks are certainly worth your attention if they can keep up their recent high-flying ways.
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Odds Shark Staff Mon, May 23, 9:21am