New Orleans Pelicans vs. New York Knicks, 01/09/17 – Prediction
Written by: George Middleton
New Orleans Pelicans (14-24) at New York Knicks (17-20)
NBA: Monday, January 9, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. ET
Line: New York -4
The New Orleans Pelicans travel to Madison Square Garden to take on the New York Knicks for a Monday night matchup. On Dec. 30, the Knicks beat the Pelicans 104-92. Anthony Davis led the Pelicans with 23 points and 18 rebounds. New Orleans has lost three straight games and New York has lost seven of their last eight. Davis leads the Pelicans as he is averaging 28.8 points, 12.1 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks. New York is led by Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis. Anthony is averaging 22.1 points and 6.1 rebounds, and Porzingis is putting up 20.1 points and 7.7 rebounds. Can Davis lead the Pelicans to a win this time around against New York?
Pelicans defense struggles in loss to Celtics
The New Orleans Pelicans lost 117-108 to the Boston Celtics on Saturday night. Boston took control when they outscored New Orleans 36-20. Anthony Davis led the Pelicans with 36 points (14/22 fg) and 15 rebounds. Langston Galloway went for 20 points on 4-of-8 from three-point range. New Orleans shot 47 percent from the field and Boston shot 43 percent. Jrue Holiday had 13 points and five assists in the win. The Celtics out-rebounded the Pelicans 47-42 in the contest. New Orleans had trouble containing Isaiah Thomas who had 38 points on 6-of-11 from 3-point range.
Donatas Motiejunas added 11 points, five rebounds, and four assists off the bench. Boston out-rebounded New Orleans 47-42 in the contest. New Orleans fell to 4-13 on the road this season.
Knicks defense struggles in loss to Pacers
The New York Knicks lost 123-109 to the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night. Indiana took control in the first half when they outscored New York 62-43. Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 17 points and five assists in 27 minutes. Brandon Jennings went for 17 points on 3-of-5 from 3-point range in only 23 minutes. The Knicks shot 46 percent from the field and the Pacers shot 50 percent. Kristaps Porzingis wound up with 16 points and four blocks. A key in the contest came on the glass where the the Pacers out-rebounded the Knicks 53-32.
Derrick Rose added 14 points on 6-of-12 from the field. Indiana had 20 turnovers and New York committed 17. The Knicks fell to 6-13 on the road this season.
The New Orleans Pelicans are:
- 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Monday games.
- 5-2 ATS in their last 7 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
- 9-4 ATS in their last 13 vs. Eastern Conference.
The New York Knicks are:
- 7-22 ATS in their last 29 Monday games.
- 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
New Orleans has the edge with Davis down low. Holiday will give Rose some trouble as he can defend at a high level. Anthony will have a nice game for the Knicks but it won’t be enough. New Orleans is 9-4 ATS in their last 13 vs. Eastern Conference.
The pick: New Orleans
George has his Bachelor’s Degree from Cal State Long Beach in Communication Studies, minored in Journalism. He is an editor at Fansided powered network Air Alamo (San Antonio Spurs) and an NBA writer at RantSports. Plays in multiple basketball leagues. Has placed bets since the age of 15. Love watching basketball, baseball, and football games. Also loves Hip-Hop.
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