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Pointspread favors Knicks in battle with Nuggets

Denver NuggetsNew York Knicks
24-23February 07, 2014, 07:30 | Madison Square Garden19-30

Madison Square Garden features an NBA battle between the host New York Knicks and the visiting Denver Nuggets in betting action on Friday.

Supporters of the Nuggets have seen them go 24-23 and 21-25-1 ATS so far this season, while the Knicks are at 19-30 and 20-29 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). In totals betting, the Knicks are 27-22, while the Nuggets are 23-24.

View Denver Nuggets vs New York Knicks Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to back the visiting Nuggets before tip-off in this one found them as 1.5-point underdogs earlier at Bovada, while the total was sitting at 208.5 at TopBet.

The Knicks - Nuggets odds would favor the Nuggets if the lines were set according to power ranks. New York is rated No. 17 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Nuggets sit at No. 14. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 94-91 win for the Nuggets.

In their last action, Denver was a 110-100 winner at home against the Bucks. They failed to cover the 11.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (210) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. The Nuggets grabbed a 110-100 win over the Bucks on Wednesday, behind a 24-point effort from Wilson Chandler at Pepsi Center.

The Knicks were a 94-90 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Trail Blazers. They failed to cover the 2.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (184) made winners of UNDER bettors. Carmelo Anthony scored 26 points for New York on Wednesday, but the Trail Blazers managed a 94-90 victory over the Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits New York's No. 22-ranked offense, averaging 96.78 PPG, against a Nuggets defense that ranks No. 27 at 103.19 PPG. The Knicks field goal percentage has averaged 44.16% so far, less than the Nuggets shooters have achieved on the year, 45.22% per game.

A few Nuggets at Knicks trends to consider:
Denver is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Denver's last 17 games
Denver is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Denver is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games on the road
New York is 4-9 ATS in its last 13 games
New York is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of New York's last 8 games
New York is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
Denver at Detroit, Saturday, February 8th
New York at Oklahoma City, Sunday, February 9th