Denver Nuggets vs New York Knicks betting tips and predictions for Saturday’s early tipoff in the NBA. In their only visit to Madison Square Garden this season, the Denver Nuggets will try to win their 11th game of the season as they take on the New York Knicks. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
Getting back Nikola Jokic was great for the Nuggets, but their performance against the Orlando Magic two nights ago wasn’t so great. Denver fell to 3-7 on the road this season with a loss against one of the worst teams in the NBA to end their Florida trip with 1 win and 1 loss. Jokic had 18 points and 15 rebounds, Monte Morris had 22 on 10-for-15 shooting, but the Nuggets allowed the Magic to shoot 54% from the field and they were able to capitalize. Injuries have decimated the Nuggets so far this season, Austin Rivers has been added to the list as he is expected to miss several games because of covid-19. In their last 8 games the Nuggets have covered just once, but they have a really good record in head-to-head games against the Knicks having won the last 7 meetings.
New York Knicks
New York comes into this one on the heels of two straight losses and 3 in their last 4 games. Granted, they did face a tough schedule in their last 5 games having played the Lakers, Suns, Hawks, Nets and Bulls. With the loss against Chicago they’re now just 11-11 on the season and have only 5 wins in 12 games at MSG. They could get a boost for tonight’s game as RJ Barrett has been upgraded to probable after battling an illness. Nerlens Noel and Mitchell Robinson are both questionable though, so there could be issues on the inside if they are unable to play. New York is just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 at home against the Nuggets. However, they have been playing well against Western Conference opponents lately winning 4 of the last 5 games.
This being an early tipoff adds another twist to the whole scenario. Denver has been dominant in head-to-head meetings having won 9 of 10 and with a healthy Jokic dominating down low they are in a good position to get the win here. So let’s back the Nuggets to cover.
New York Knicks – Denver Nuggets Predictions & Odds
Denver +1.5 Point Spread is available at -110 odds on bet365
In the last 10 meetings the Nuggets are scoring almost 14 points per game more than the Knicks, with the two teams combining for 226.6 points. The total has gone over in 7 of those games which is a good sign for tonight’s game. Denver’s last 6 games have all gone over the total, despite them playing the slowest paced basketball in the league right now. On the road their last 5 games have all gone over the total as well and they are 6-4 on the O/U on the season. The Knicks are allowing 107 points per game in their last 3 outings and are coming off a game in which the Bulls dropped 119 on them at home. Meanwhile Denver is allowing 113 per game in their last 3 and on the road this season they allow 11.3 points per game more than they do at home. These two teams rank 15th and 18th in offensive efficiency plus 16th and 19th in defensive efficiency. Tonight’s game will see a lot of scoring. Let’s back the over.
Over 210.5 Total Points is available at -110 odds on bet365