NEW YORK KNICKS (15-5)
at BROOKLYN NETS (11-8)
Tip-off: Tuesday, 7:05 p.m. ET
Line: New York -2.5, Total: 193.5
The Nets are looking to break a four-game losing skid when they play their rematch against the visiting Knicks on Tuesday night.
The Knicks have won four of their past five games while the Nets have dropped four in a row. Brook Lopez is a game-time decision for this game due to a sprained foot, but he practiced on Monday and said he felt good. Although Brooklyn won the first meeting between the two teams on Nov. 26, 96-89 in overtime, the Knicks are 3-1 ATS in road games against the Nets over the past three seasons.
Can the Knicks even up the New York series on Tuesday night? For the answer, connect to NBA Best Bets for all the Expert picks throughout the entire 2012-13 season. The experts are sizzling with a collective 15-4 ATS (79%) mark in Best Bets over the past three days, and are now at 55% ATS (129-107-10) on Best Bets for the season. StatFox Gary is 13-3-1 ATS (81%) since Nov. 26 and 69% ATS (24-11-3) Best Bets for the year. For NBA Totals, StatFox Scott is 35-18 (66%) for the season, while Gary is 13-5 (72%) in Totals since Nov. 24, and 54% (20-17-1) on totals this season. Scott is at 59% ATS (31-22) Best Bets for the season, while StatFox Brian is 51% ATS (31-30-3). StatFox Dave is 75% ATS (6-2) on Best Bets in the past three days, including 3-0 ATS on Monday.
The Knicks just got SF Carmelo Anthony back after a two-game absence due to a lacerated finger last Wednesday in Charlotte. Anthony came back with a 34-point performance to beat his former team, the Nuggets, at Madison Square Garden on Sunday. Anthony has been playing at an MVP level this season (26.8 PPG, 6.7 RPG), but heís had a lot of help recently from C Tyson Chandler. He started the season slow, but he is now averaging a double-double with 12.8 PPG and 10.0 RPG on 71% FG, a figure that is easily tops in the league, as no other player is making even 60% of his shots. Chandler also makes the most of his free throw attempts, shooting 72% on the year, a number that is quite good for a center in this league. Another player who has come on strong for New York is SF Steve Novak. Novak is averaging 10.6 PPG over the past five games, hitting 2.8 threes per game, with some of those being timely buckets in the fourth quarter.
The Nets have been struggling without Brook Lopez, going 1-4 in the absence of their big man. PG Deron Williams has been off the mark this season (39% FG, 28% threes), but he's starting to heat up, averaging 24.7 PPG and shooting 43% from the field in his past three games. If Lopez isnít playing Tuesday, then Andray Blatche would make another start. Blatche is averaging 17.2 PPG and 9.8 RPG on 53% FG as Lopezís replacement in the starting lineup.