Atlantic Division foes will collide when the Brooklyn Nets (16-13) challenge the New York Knicks (7-24) at the Barclays Center. The Over/Under (O/U) for the game has been set at 221 points with Brooklyn opening as a 7-point favorite. Action starts at 7:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, December 26, 2019, and it can be seen on YES Network.
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In the Knicks’ last game, they lost to the Washington Wizards, 121-115, despite being 3.5-point favorites. With 35 points on 11-for-21 shooting, Julius Randle was the top scorer from either team. Washington had a turnover percentage of 6.6 (better than their season average of 11.7). New York, on the other hand, was lights out from beyond the arc (15-36; 41.7 percent). The two teams combined to score 236 points, which came in over the O/U total of 227.
The Nets come in on a high note after covering the 7-point spread against the Atlanta Hawks in their last contest, 122-112. With 39 points on 13-for-27 shooting, Spencer Dinwiddie led Brooklyn in scoring. The Nets held the Hawks to an effective field goal percentage of 0.424 (below their season average of 0.510) and had a better offensive rebounding percentage (24.0 vs. 22.2). The two squads combined to record 234 points, which was just over the projected point total of 232.
Brooklyn could dominate on the defensive side of the ball as they square off against one of the league’s worst offenses. The Nets currently rank third in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.497), while New York is 29th in effective field goal percentage (0.490).
Of New York’s 31 games, 18 have finished under the O/U total, while 14 of Brooklyn’s 29 games have finished under the projected point total. Looking at straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) records, the Nets have a clear advantage. They are 16-13 SU and 16-12-1 ATS, while the Knicks are 7-24 SU and 14-16-1 ATS.
These two teams have met twice already this year, with the Nets winning both. Dinwiddie scored a game-high 30 points in the most recent game, in which the Nets defeated the Knicks 103-101 but could not cover as 2.5-point favorites. The two teams combined to put up 204 points, which was 11.5 points below the projected point total of 215.5 points. Brooklyn did a terrific job of getting to and converting from the charity stripe (27-34; 79.4 percent). New York, meanwhile, had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (24.3 vs. 17.1).
New York Knicks at Brooklyn Nets ATS Prediction
Prediction: SU Winner – Nets, ATS Winner – Nets, O/U – Over
The Nets average 48.6 rebounds per game, which ranks second in the league. The Knicks rank 21st in rebounds allowed per game (46.1).
New York ranks 13th in blocks allowed per game (5.0) while Brooklyn ranks 25th (5.8).
Brooklyn ranks third in assists allowed per game (21.7) while New York ranks 18th (24.4).
New York ranks 19th in points off turnovers per game (17.0) while Brooklyn ranks 22nd in points off turnovers allowed per game (18.0).
New York is 8-7 ATS on the road, while Brooklyn is 9-5 ATS at home.
In 15 road games, the Knicks have 8 overs and 7 unders.
The Nets have 7 unders, 6 overs and 1 push in 14 home games.
New York is 1-1 when they hold opponents below 100 points, while Brooklyn is 3-0.
The Nets are 16-11 when they reach 100 points, while the Knicks are 7-15.
The Nets rank 15th in fast break points per game (12.8) while the Knicks rank 29th (10.3).
Brooklyn ranks third in points in the paint per game (52.6) while New York ranks 29th (43.5).
The Knicks average 15.0 second chance points per game, which ranks first in the NBA. The Nets rank 21st in second chance points allowed per game (13.4).
The Knicks rank fifth in steals allowed per game (6.9) while the Nets rank 12th (7.7).
Brooklyn averages 36.9 three pointers per game, which ranks sixth in the NBA. New York ranks 25th in three pointers allowed per game (35.4).
Brooklyn is 3-2 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs in its last five games.
Over its past five games, New York is 2-3 ATS with 4 overs and 1 under.
The Nets’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 3.2, up from 0.1 for the season.
During their last five games, the Knicks have scored an average of 115.8 points per game (12.3 above their season average) and allowed an average of 120.8 points per game (8.1 above their season average).