Feb 14, 2022; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Seth Curry (30) drives past Sacramento Kings forward Chimezie Metu (7) in the third quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
After losing 11 straight, Brooklyn looks for back-to-back wins when they face the Knicks Wednesday night
New York has lost 12 of their last 15 and sit in 12th in the Eastern Conference
Find the odds, betting analysis, and prediction below
Here’s something you might not hear for a while: currently, in the state of New York, the only thing worse than Knicks basketball, is Nets basketball.
That’s how bad it’s gone for these two clubs of late, as both are desperate for a win when they go head-to-head Wednesday night.
Brooklyn just snapped an ugly 11-game losing skid, dusting Sacramento, but they’re still carrying an ugly 8-game road losing streak, and are down all their star power at MSG.
As for the Knicks, they’re an abysmal 3-12 in their last 15, a distant 12th in the East, 2.5 games back of the Hawks for the final play-in berth, with lengthy +1100 odds to make the playoffs.
And yet, the home side is a definitive 6.5-point favorite when it tips off at 7:30pm ET. The game can be seen live on ESPN.
Nets vs Knicks Odds
New York Knicks
Odds as of Feb 15 at BetMGM
Brooklyn Nets Betting Analysis
The cavalry couldn’t come soon enough. Trade deadline pickups Seth Curry and Andre Drummond — pieces of the massive deal sending James Harden to Philly and Ben Simmons back to BK — were instant-impact contributors in their first game with the Nets.
Starting at guard, Curry had 23 points and seven boards, while Drummond started at center, adding 11 points and nine boards, helping lead Brooklyn to a 109-85 victory. It was the Nets’ first win since Jan 21, when they beat the Spurs.
.@sdotcurry introduced himself to Nets World in a major way last night:
🔥 23 PTS
🔥 55.6 FG% pic.twitter.com/DBzffdfCbk
— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) February 15, 2022
Bruce Brown chipped in with a season-high 19 points, along with six assists and five steals, veteran LaMarcus Aldridge had 19 points, while youngster Cam Thomas was the fifth player to finish in double digits, with 14.
Defensively, Brooklyn set season-bests with fewest points allowed in a game, as well as field goal shooting defense, holding SacTo to just 34.4% for the game.
Talk about making a first impression! @sdotcurry ➡️ @AndreDrummond pic.twitter.com/zgcekbL8ck
— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) February 15, 2022
Head coach Steve Nash is hoping it’s a formula the Nets can replicate, because they are dragging to the all-star break, trying to get healthy.
Ben Simmons (personal) won’t suit up with his new team until at least Feb 24, while Kevin Durant (knee), once the favorite in the 2022 NBA MVP odds, is out until at least March 1.
Ben Simmons reflects on the end of his time with the Sixers:
“It was just piled up … to where I just knew I wasn’t myself and I needed to get back into that place … being happy as a person.” pic.twitter.com/33OTltQ29B
— ESPN (@espn) February 15, 2022
Kyrie Irving is permitted to play road games, but not in New York or Toronto, because of vaccine mandates. Joe Harris (ankle) is also out until after the all-star break. That’s four-fifths of Brooklyn’s likely closing five, on the shelf.
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New York Knicks Betting Analysis
A surprise 4-seed in the East a year ago, the wheels have fallen off the Knicks’ wagon a season later, and they’ll need quite a finish for the right to play for a top-8 seed this time around.
Thunder rookie PG Josh Giddey with some absolutely surgical deliveries during his 28-point, 12-assist, 11-rebound performance in an OT win over the Knicks in MSG. Already an elite off the dribble passer. Accuracy on his corner hits is high level. So patient in the pocket. pic.twitter.com/1yewBEYimm
— Mike Schmitz (@Mike_Schmitz) February 15, 2022
Disheartening losses have punctuated this latest grim stretch, with seven of their last 12 losses coming by double digits, and four of their last five L’s coming after blowing a double-digit lead at some point.
This latest 2-game stretch included watching a 23-point lead go up in smoke, as they were beat 112-103 by the Portland Trail Blazers. Last game out, they let an 11-point lead slip in the second half against the OKC Thunder, eventually dropping a 127-123 decision in OT.
Julius Randle over the last 6 Games:
– 32 Points, 16 Rebounds, 7 Assists
– 30 Points, 6 Rebounds, 5 Assists
– 28 Points, 10 Rebounds, 6 Assists
– 28 Points, 16 Rebounds, 7 Assists
– 28 Points, 16 Rebounds, 6 Assists
– 30 Points, 13 Rebounds, 10 Assists pic.twitter.com/V9P4pIMums
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) February 15, 2022
New York’s lone bright spot recently has been Julius Randle, who put up a 30-point, 13-rebound, 10-assist triple double against OKC. It marked the sixth straight game he’s topped 20+ points.
The Knicks will be shorthanded in this matchup as well. RJ Barrett (ankle) will miss his fourth straight game. He’ll be joined on the sideline by big man Nerlens Noel (foot), forward Luka Samanic (heel) and guard Derrick Rose (ankle).
Nets vs Knicks Prediction
This is just the second of four meetings between the Nets and Knicks this season, with BK taking the first, 112-110. That Nov 30 matchup seems like forever ago, with Harden the leading scorer.
The Knicks are just 13-16 ATS at home this season, matching their home record on the year. Brooklyn was once a glistening 17-5 on the road, but have been reduced to 17-13, including a 15-15 ATS mark.
Even minus their heavy-hitters, Brooklyn still has a strong rotation of good players, which should be able to outshine a beleaguered Knicks side, who don’t offer much more offensively than Randle right now.
The pick: Nets +6.5 (-110)