Nets vs. Knicks Feb 16
The battle for New York is on tonight in the Garden. The big names will still be out for the Nets, and everyone besides Barrett for the Knicks is scheduled to be on the floor. With both teams struggling, this won’t be the usual star-studded event we’ve grown to love, but who has the edge here and will take the crown? Let’s break down this matchup and find out.
They just needed a few shooters! Well, and the absolutely terrible defense of the Sacramento Kings. In reality, Curry does take pressure off of Mills and allows for each player to get better looks. Curry did not disappoint in his first game, leading the Nets in scoring with 23, and the team snapped one of their longest losing streaks in franchise history with a 24 point win. The Nets are technically on the road, but the game is still in New York, so that means no Irving for this game and they are going to need a repeat performance from Curry. This team has never been particularly strong defensively, but the Knicks aren’t known for their offense, so the Nets should be able to stay in this one.
It’s been a trying year for the Knicks, to say the least. Last year’s four seed is now on the outside looking in to even make the playoffs. The scary part is that the team is basically the same; it’s just that the whole team has basically underperformed. They are near the bottom of the league and rank 27th in points scored per game with only 105. Their defense overall has been good as they sit in eighth place with 107 points allowed per game, but over their last three games that has not been the case as they have allowed an average of 117 per game. Things seem to have gotten worse somehow for the Knicks, as they are currently 1-6 this month and just dropped games to Portland and OKC.
Pick: Nets +4
The Knicks’ defense is way better than the Kings’ defense, but that’s not saying all that much because the Kings’ defense is likely the worst in the NBA, but the Nets looked good in their win and will carry that momentum into this game against a struggling Knicks team. The Knicks are missing Barrett on both ends of the floor, and that will continue to show. Take the Nets +4 to win.