Brooklyn Nets vs. New York Knicks
NBA: Sunday, January 26, Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, 6:00 PM ET
After visiting the Detroit Pistons on Saturday night, the Brooklyn Nets will play back-to-back on Sunday when they visit the New York Knicks. These two Atlantic Division foes will close down their regular-season series. The Nets lead 2-1, but the Knicks won their previous encounter 94-82 as 7-point road underdogs on December 26, 2019.
Brooklyn headed to Detroit riding a five-game losing streak. The Nets were No. 8 seed in the East, two and a half games ahead of the Pistons. On the other side, the Knicks have dropped five of their last six games overall. They are one game ahead of the bottom-placed Atlanta Hawks and seven and a half games behind the Nets.
The Nets have been struggling mightily over the last four weeksBefore they visited the Detroit Pistons on Saturday, the Brooklyn Nets lost to the Los Angeles Lakers 128-113 on Thursday night. It was their fifth straight defeat and 12th in their previous 14 outings overall. The Nets allowed the Lakers to shoot 50.0% from the field and make 19 triples out of 38 attempts. They also lost the battle on the glass (52-41) and scored ten points in the paint fewer than their opponents (48-38).
“We’re not an elite team, I can tell you that,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson admitted. “We obviously went through a tough stretch and we’re surviving right now.”
The Nets are in serious crisis, struggling mightily on both sides of the ball. They score only 105.7 points per 100 possessions (26th in the league) on 44.0% shooting from the field (24th) and 33.6% from beyond the arc (28th). Kyrie Irving has returned from a shoulder injury, but his presence hasn’t changed anything. On the other side of the ball, the Nets surrender 108.3 points per 100 possessions (12th) on 43.9% shooting from the field.
The Knicks battled bravely against the reigning champs but couldn’t prevent another lossNew York is coming off a 118-112 home loss to the Toronto Raptors this past Friday. The Knicks kept it close for all 48 minutes but couldn’t find a way to earn a victory. They shot 49.4% from the field and 36.1% from beyond the arc while posting 15 rebounds more than their rivals (46-31). However, the Knicks had nine turnovers more than the Raptors (16-7), and their defense was poor once again. Marcus Morris and Damyean Dotson led the way for the Knicks with 21 points each, while Julius Randle added 20 points, 11 rebounds, and three blocks.
"Well, it's tough because we competed the entire game," Marcus Morris said. "Definitely tough to keep losing like that."
The Knicks remain in limbo, suffering ten losses in their last 12 games overall. The playoff spot is just a dream for Mike Miller’s boys who lost four straight games at Madison Square Garden. Julius Randle (18.9 PPG, 9.2 RPG) is the Knicks’ best player this season, but they simply lack quality to compete with the playoff contenders. New York scores only 105.1 points per 100 possessions (28th in the league) on 43.5% shooting from the field (26th), allowing 113.1 points in a return (26th) on 46.5% shooting from the field (20th).
The top supporting trends for this game, found on Covers.com, are: Brooklyn:
- 4-0 ATS in the last four games played on Sunday
- 5-1 ATS in the last six road games against a team with a losing home record
- 3-8 ATS in the last 11 home games as favorites