Teams looking to get back on track meet when the Denver Nuggets face the New York Knicks in a key NBA matchup on Saturday afternoon. The Nuggets (10-11), who are just 3-7 on the road this season, have lost seven of their last eight. The Knicks (11-11), who are 5-7 on their home court, have dropped two in a row and five of eight. Denver has had New York’s number of late, winning seven straight in the series and 12 of 13.
Tipoff from Madison Square Garden in New York is set for 1 p.m. ET. Denver leads the all-time series 49-44. The Knicks are 1.5-point favorites in the latest Nuggets vs. Knicks odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is set at 210.5. Before making any Knicks vs. Nuggets picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven model.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Knicks vs. Nuggets and just locked in its NBA picks and predictions. You can head to SportsLine to see the model’s picks. Now, here are several NBA odds and betting trends fo Nuggets vs. Knicks.
- Nuggets vs. Knicks spread: Knicks -1.5
- Nuggets vs. Knicks over-under: 210.5 points
- DEN: The Nuggets are 7-3 against the spread in their last 10 road games against a team with a losing home record
- NYK: The Knicks are 16-5 ATS in their last 21 Saturday games
Why the Knicks can cover
Power forward Julius Randle has been red hot and is coming off a 30-point, 12-rebound effort in Thursday’s loss to the Chicago Bulls. Two nights earlier at Brooklyn, he scored 24 points, while grabbing nine rebounds and dishing out eight assists. Randle leads the team in scoring at 19.9 points per game, and is also averaging 10.2 rebounds and 5.2 assists. He has reached double figures in 20 of 22 games this season and has registered 13 double-doubles on the year.
After missing Thursday’s game against Chicago due to illness, shooting guard R.J. Barrett is expected to be back. He is a big part of the Knicks’ offense, averaging 14 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. Barrett has reached double figures in six of his last eight games, and has one double-double on the season. In two games against the Nuggets last year, Barrett averaged 11.5 points and six rebounds.
Why the Nuggets can cover
Despite that, New York isn’t a lock to cover the Nuggets vs. Knicks spread. That’s because Denver has seven players averaging at least eight points per game. Center Nikola Jokic is back in the lineup and has already made his presence felt. He scored 24 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in a 120-111 win at Miami on Nov. 29, and added 18 points and 15 rebounds in Wednesday’s loss at Orlando. For the year, Jokic leads the Nuggets with 25.7 points, 13.8 rebounds and 6.4 assists per game.
Also putting up big numbers for the Nuggets is small forward Will Barton. Barton is averaging 16.1 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game, and is connecting on 45.2 percent of his shots from the floor. He has reached double figures in seven straight games and in 11 of 12. Barton’s best game so far was a 30-point, six-rebound effort in a 101-98 win against Indiana on Nov. 10.
How to make Nuggets vs. Knicks picks
SportsLine’s model is leaning over on the total, with the teams projected to combine for 213 points. The model also says one side of the spread hits in 60 percent of simulations. You can only see the model’s pick at SportsLine.
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