Stephen Nover Free NBA Wednesday Play

On February 1, 2017, in Free Picks, NBA, by Stephen

Nets plus 2 1/2 hosting Knicks

When you’re the Brooklyn Nets, the goals are modest. Beating their cross-town rival and much more glamorous opponent, the Knicks, is a big deal for the Nets. The timing is ripe for Brooklyn to do just that.

Surprised by how short this line is? Shouldn’t be. New York averages 106.1 points per game. Brooklyn averages 105.8 points and is the superior free throw shooting team. The Nets play hard, get good ball movement and often are unselfish. They just don’t play any defense. So the major part of this handicap is a fade on the fading Knicks.

New York is at low ebb being a season-worst eight games under .500. The Knicks have key injuries – Derrick Rose is out with an ankle injury and Kristaps Porzingis is questionable after missing last night’s loss to the Wizards due to a stomach virus – are racked with internal strife, including distracting daily Carmelo Anthony trade rumors that the New York tabloids play up big and the team carries a major fatigue rating.

It’s no wonder the Knicks went 5-12 in January.

This marks the Knicks’ third game in four days. They lost to Atlanta in four overtimes on Sunday and fell to Washington, 117-101, Tuesday night. The Nets are going to bring energy to this game. The Knicks need to dig deep to find any energy and necessary motivation to match Brooklyn’s.

The Nets’ roster is unimposing. But the Knicks’ roster is mediocre at best not good enough to beat any opponent without playing at least above average. Injuries have robbed Rose of his one-time stardom, but the Knicks’ starting backcourt without Rose is Brandon Jennings and Courtney Lee. Jennings has played 90:55 minutes the past three days, while Lee has logged 79:36 during this short time frame. They are going to have problems keeping up with the run-and-gun Nets guards.

The Knicks have lost 10 of 11 times when playing without rest going 4-7 ATS. They also have failed to cover the last six times when going against a foe with a below .400 winning percentage. This has been a home series, too, with the host covering the past six times.


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