Well, the good news is I don’t think we will have to sit through a game as awful as the Lakers one two nights ago for the rest of the regular season (and hopefully the postseason). I don’t turn games off often, for any of the hometown teams, for that matter, but my word that was a horrendous watch. Anyways, the next task for Denver is to get back on track, and it won’t be easy against a surging Knicks side, with tip-off set for 7 p.m. MST.
- Jamal Murray – Out
- Monte Morris – Out
- Will Barton – Out
- PJ Dozier – Out
- Zeke Nnaji – Probable
- Nikola Jokic – Probable
- Norvel Pelle – Day-to-day
- Nerlens Noel – Day-to-day
- Mitchell Robinson – Out
Betting lines (subject to change):
- Denver is -3.5 favorites (opened at -5)
- New York at +3.5
- Over/under rests at 214.5
- Denver -158 MoneyLine
- +140 ML for NYK
- Over is 5-0 in Knicks last 5 games following a straight-up win
- Over is 4-0 in Knicks last 4 road games
- Under is 4-1 in Nuggets last 5 overall
- Knicks are 3-9 ATS in the last 12 meetings
- Over is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings
Both these teams are 4-1 in their last 5, but Denver is coming off a tough loss and an abysmal performance against the L.A. Lakers. Safe to say it just wasn’t their night. Now, Denver needs to right the ship in order to keep that third seed in the West, and unfortunately, these next games aren’t going to be easy. This matchup in particular looks set to be Denver’s offense vs. New York’s defense (the best in the league).
The Knicks are 2nd (or third depending on the source) in 3 point percentage, leading me to pick some knicks 3 point totals without question. The only person I think has a legitimate shot at hitting his total is Julius Randle, over 2.5 as he averages 2.4 per game. Another Knicks prop to look for is Elfrid Payton points total, over 7.5 while he averages 11.1 per game in around 25 minutes.
Enough of the Knicks though, I also think that if Jokic can get 32 points against the Lakers, the over for his 24.5 points total should be a solid contender as you look into what bets you want to lay down. He is also averaging 27.4 over his last 5 if that helps solidify this bet for you. Both these teams play at a slow pace, in fact, the Nuggets are 27th in the league and the Knicks 30th, which I believe bodes well for Jokic.
If the supporting cast doesn’t have an absolute stinker like the other night in LA, the Nuggets will take this. The fact that the Lakers game was even remotely close is a good indicator considering how sluggish the rest of the Nuggets team was. As always, anything that is bolded are simply suggestions (based on good intel), but if you don’t feel like these are the winners, do your own research to accompany ours, place your bets and enjoy the game.