The Brooklyn Nets will have a chance to rebound from a loss against Phoenix with a game against the New York Knicks on Tuesday night. Brooklyn is 14-6 and in first in the Eastern Conference, while New York is 11-9 and in seventh.
The game marks the first time that the two teams that call New York City home will face-off against each other during the 2021-22 season. Following Tuesday’s game, the Nets and Knicks won’t play again until Feb. 16.
Brooklyn fell to the Suns on Saturday, 113-107. The Nets trailed for the entire game and were down by as many as 22 points. Kevin Durant led the team with 39 points and added nine rebounds and seven assists. James Harden finished with 12 points, 14 assists and 13 rebounds, but shot 4-of-15 from the field. The Nets finished with a season-high 20 turnovers.
New York is coming off a 99-90 win over Atlanta on Saturday that broke the Hawks seven-game win streak. Alec Burks scored a team-high 23 points in his first start this season for the Knicks.
Brooklyn will once again be without Joe Harris, who underwent surgery on his left ankle on Monday afternoon. He’ll be out for another 4-8 weeks.
Brooklyn Nets vs. New York Knicks betting odds, spread, over/under
According to WynnBET, Brooklyn is 5.5-point favorites at home against New York. The Nets are -220 on the moneyline and the Knicks are +185. The over/under for the game is set at 216 points.
Brooklyn Nets vs. Knicks prediction
Tuesday’s game will be for the bragging rights of New York City basketball fans, so the environment will be both harsh and exciting. Brooklyn will be hoping to bounce back from a disappointing loss, but New York’s looking to win its second straight road game.
If Harden comes out and plays a better game than he did against the Suns, the Nets will be in a good position. Durant needs help, and he can’t rely solely on players like LaMarcus Aldridge and Patty Mills. The matchup against the Knicks will be Harden’s chance to make a statement.
New York’s had issues with its starters, but Tom Thibodeau said Monday that Kemba Walker will be out of the rotation and that Burks will be the team’s starting point guard. The Knicks have been outscored by a league-high 91 points whenever their starting lineup is on the floor, and even with the decision to start Burks again, it shouldn’t be too difficult for Brooklyn to overpower New York.
We’re taking the Nets -5.5 and under 216 points.
Brooklyn 110, New York 96.
Brooklyn Nets vs. Knicks TV channel
The Nets-Knicks game will be broadcast on TNT with a 7:30 p.m. ET tip-off.
Brooklyn Nets schedule and upcoming games
Brooklyn will play two more games at home before traveling to take on two Western Conference opponents.
Dec. 3 vs. Minnesota
Dec. 4 vs. Chicago
Dec. 7 at Dallas
Dec. 8 at Houston