Knicks vs Nets Prediction - NBA Picks 12/20/23

Brooklyn Nets (13-13) vs New York Knicks (15-11)

Game Info: Wednesday, December 20, 2023 at 7:30 pm (Barclays Center)

Betting Odds: Brooklyn Nets +1.5 -- Over/Under: 233 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The New York Knicks invade the Barclays Center to battle the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night. Here’s a Knicks vs Nets Prediction.

New York Knicks

The New York Knicks have been in decent shape as they've won three of their past five games and they will be looking to keep it going after sneaking past the Lakers in a 114-109 road win on Monday. Jalen Brunson led the team with 29 points on 10 of 21 shooting, Julius Randle added 27 points with 14 rebounds and three assists while Immanuel Quickley provided the spark off the bench with 20 points on eight of 15 shooting. As a team, the Knicks shot 47 percent from the field and 10 of 30 from the 3-point line as they set the tone with 35 points in the first quarter to take the early lead, but they couldn't gain any separation from the Lakers until they dominated the third quarter by 33-22 to lead by 12 points and escape with the gritty win on the road.

New York Knicks Player Facts

  • Jalen Brunson ranks 6th amongst qualified players for 3P% (46.0%) this season.
  • Julius Randle ranks 4th amongst qualified Centers for points per game (22.6) this season.

Brooklyn Nets

Meanwhile, the Brooklyn Nets have been in a slump as they've lost four of their last five games overall and they will be hoping to snap a three-game skid after getting thrashed by the Jazz in a 125-108 road loss on Monday. Cam Thomas led the team with 32 points on 12 of 23 shooting, Spencer Dinwiddie added 17 points with eight rebounds and 11 assists while Mikal Bridges chipped in with 13 points and five assists on four of 16 shooting. As a team, the Nets shot 43 percent from the field and 16 of 39 from the 3-point line as they went back and forth with the Jazz in a tightly contested first half, but they weren't ready for what was coming as the Jazz dominated the second half by 71-49 to slip away in a disappointing finish.

Brooklyn Nets Player Facts

  • Spencer Dinwiddie ranks T4th in the Eastern Conference amongst qualified players for assists per game (7.0) this season.
  • Mikal Bridges ranks 15th in the Eastern Conference amongst qualified players for points per game (21.9) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Nets rank 1st in the league for rebounds per game this season (47.0).
  • The Nets rank 30th in the league for steals per game this season (6.1).
  • The Knicks rank 1st in the league for opponent rebounds per game this season (40.6).
  • The Knicks ranks 1st in the league for rebound percentage this season (52.9%).

Knicks vs Nets Prediction

The Knicks could be shorthanded here with Jericho Sims listed as questionable, while the Nets are still missing Dennis Smith Jr and Lonnie Walker for this one. The Knicks are starting to heat up again and they looked back to their old best in Monday's gritty win over the Lakers, while the Nets have gone cold in recent games and they certainly didn't look good in their blowout loss to the lowly Jazz in their last outing. It's always a battle when these two rivals meet, but the momentum is with the Knicks at the moment and I think they get the minor upset here behind big games from Randle and Brunson.

 

Peter’s Pick New York -1.5

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