NY Knicks (4-11) vs New Orleans Pelicans (7-7)Date : 11/16/2018
Time : 8:00 pm EST
Location : Smoothie King Arena, New Orleans, Lousisiana
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
NY Knicks vs New Orleans Pelicans
The New York Knicks will travel to Smoothie King Arena in New Orleans, Louisiana, to battle the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night at 8 pm EST. The Knicks have lost their last three games with the last being a 128-103 road defeat against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night as Tim Hardaway Jr pumped in 20 points for the road team while Ennis Kanter chipped in 19 points in the loss. Paul George scored 35 points in the win for the Thunder as they shot 54% from the field.
The Pelicans halted a three-game winning streak on the road versus the Minnesota Timberwolves by a 107—100 score and despite 31 points from E’Twaun Moore along with 29 points for Anthony Davis, the Pelicans were outscored 67-54 in the first half and despite an attempted rally in the third quarter, were not able to reclaim the lead. The Knicks are 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings while the under is 6-1 in the last seven meetings in New Orleans.
NY Knicks's Latest Performance :
New York was outscored by 15 points after the first period versus OKC in their most recent matchup and were further outscored in the second half by ten points en route to yet another loss on the season as they only shot 44% from the field along with allowing the Thunder to shoot 54% from the floor. For the season, New York is allowing teams to score on 48% of their field goals thus far while they are only shooting 43% for the year.
Tim Hardaway (6 for 12) scored 20 points for the Knicks while Kanter (8 for 11) chipped in 19 points in the loss as the Knicks now look to go on the road to get a much-needed victory. However, they will certainly not find it easy versus a Pelicans squad that has been on a winning streak lately and despite their last loss, fought valiantly throughout. In all, look for the Knicks to somehow right the ship in this matchup by picking things up on the offensive end early versus the Pelicans on Friday.
New Orleans Pelicans 's Latest Performance :
The Pelicans were averaging 115 points per game in their prior three games before meeting up with the Minnesota Timberwolves on the road. Due to a slow start by New Orleans, the Timberwolves were able to obtain a comfy lead in the first half. And despite a couple runs by New Orleans, the Timberwolves Andre Wiggins (23 points) along with Karl Anthony Towns (25 points, 16 rebounds) kept the home team on top throughout. And despite great games from Anthony Davis along with E’Twaun Moore, as stated, the Pelicans were not able to pull out a win versus a hungry Timberwolves squad.
‘You’ve got prideful guys on (the Timberwolves), and they want to show the world that they’re pretty good in their own right,” New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry said. ”I thought they were going to come out and play with that intensity level, and they did, and we did not match that.” With that being said, look for the Pelicans to bet back on track with a win versus a reeling Knicks team looking for more consistency on each end of the floor.
How NY Knicks & New Orleans Pelicans Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
New York is 6-8-1 ATS while the OU is 8-7
New Orleans is 6-8 ATS while the OU is 8-6
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
The Knicks are beginning to slide and will certainly need to pick up a win versus the Pelicans in this contest. The Pelicans, on the other hand will be looking to atone for losing versus a scrappy Minnesota team that were very motivated after the Butler trade earlier in the week. In all, look for the game to certainly be competitive for the most part, however, one has to give a slight lean to the home team to come out with a victory over a road team that is 2-4 ATS in their last six games away from Madison Square Garden.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: New Orleans Pelicans
My reason for the pick :
I will back the Pelicans in this matchup as they are simply the better team at this point in the season. They have proven this by their play thus far in the season. And despite their last loss to Minnesota, the Pelicans will indeed settle in at home for their next three games in which to pick up a win versus a Knicks squad that is fading fast due to a lack of leadership along with an inability to remain accurate and efficient on offense in addition to guarding consistently on defense.
Totals Selection: Pick: Over
My reason for the prediction :
Look for the Pelicans and Knicks to have better nights on the offensive end in this matchup as the home team, despite having a great defender in Anthony Davis, are allowing 115 points per game to their opponents. Of course, the Knicks are no stranger to giving up baskets as well. With that being the case, look for the over to be the strong play in this matchup as the scoreboard will certainly light up often in favor of the Pelicans.
Betting trends for NY Knicks:
- Under is 6-0 in Knicks last 6 games after allowing more than 125 points in their previous game.
- Over is 4-0 in Knicks last 4 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
- Over is 4-0 in Knicks last 4 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
Betting trends for New Orleans Pelicans :
- Pelicans are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Pelicans are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss.
- Under is 5-1 in Pelicans last 6 vs. a team with a losing straight up record.