The New York Knicks will look to carry their momentum from Saturday’s win over the Hawks across the Brooklyn Bridge as they prepare to take on the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclay’s Center on Tuesday night.
It’s the first meeting between the two crosstown rivals and it should be a fun atmosphere out in Prospect Heights.
There are some important narratives to watch in this game as each team looks to adjust to some new personnel changes.
New York Knicks vs. Brooklyn Nets betting odds
According to Wynnbet, the Knicks enter this game as 7-point “road” underdogs, with the Nets being 7-point “home” favorites.
The over/under for the game is set at 217 total points.
The Knicks Moneyline is set at +245 with the Nets at -290.
The Nets currently hold the best record in the East at 14-6 and will look to keep it going against the Knicks. While they obviously deserve to be favorites, a 7 point total may attract some bettors to the New York Knicks side of the point spread.
The last two times these teams met at the Barclays Center, the Nets won by scores of 117-112 and 114-112.
New York Knicks vs. Brooklyn Nets prediction
These two teams both made some significant changes to their rotation.
For the New York Knicks, head coach Tom Thibodeau announced that Kemba Walker would be removed from the rotation and Alec Burks will be the starting point guard going forward.
For the Brooklyn Nets, they made the decision to remove the struggling Blake Griffin from their rotation.
The Knicks came out with a lot of energy in their win over the red-hot Atlanta Hawks and a lot of that was the improved play of their starters.
The Knicks can hang in this one but they’ll have to match the Nets’ firepower. Brooklyn’s defense shouldn’t do too much to scare New York, but the same can be said about New York’s defense slowing down Kevin Durant, James Harden, and co.
Kevin Durant wasn’t around the last time these two teams squared off. No one has been able to slow him down and he’ll likely see a heavy dose of RJ Barrett and Evan Fournier.
I would expect there to be more offense than the implied point total indicates — I’d take the over on total points for the game.
Expect this to be another heated and close game in Brooklyn, with the Knicks covering the spread but the Nets ultimately prevailing with the win. The Knicks are knocking on the door, but they’re not in the Nets’ tier just yet.