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The New York Knicks are set to host the Denver Nuggets on Friday night.
Nuggets staying red-hot
Throughout the season, the Nuggets have been one of the most impressive teams behind their consistent play on both ends of the floor. They have stayed on a steady path pushing their way up the standings in the process being just a half-game behind the Golden State Warriors for the first overall seed in the playoff picture in the Western Conference. It has seen their blend of young and proven talent continue to put forth impactful outings on the floor that has put them in this promising position for not just this year but well beyond it. The Nuggets have been led all season by the stellar all-around play of first-time All-Star big man Nikola Jokic, who has been their biggest factor as a scoring, rebounder, and passer that has made the entire thing go in Denver. Jokic has picked it up another level over the last 10 games as he’s averaging 19.8 points, 10.6 rebounds, 6.9 assists while shooting 53.6 percent from the floor and 43.3 percent from beyond the arc.
— Denver Nuggets (@nuggets) March 19, 2019
Former All-Star big man Paul Millsap has gotten into the zone the last several games as he’s averaging 20.8 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 3.3 assists while shooting 63.3 percent from the field with the Nuggets winning each of their last four games. Beyond that, he is averaging 16.8 points, 9.5 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 2.2 assists in the last 13 games played. His production has been key providing more stability to the frontcourt and has contributed a significant part in them surging forward even further in the last couple of weeks. They have also shown a great ability to share the ball posting 30-plus assists 24 times this season and are second behind the Warriors with 65.6 percent of their made shots coming off assists. The Nuggets have a tremendous amount of depth and production that has made them a matchup nightmare for many teams around the league and that will include the Knicks on Friday night as they should able to dictate the pace of the game and cruise to another critical win on the road.
Knicks stumbling to end of the season
It has been a disastrous campaign for the Knicks being among the bottom-tier teams in the league throughout the season. They have struggled to gather any type of consistent play as the year has moved along. New York has already been eliminated from playoff contention holding the worst mark in the Eastern Conference up through this point in the season. A major chunk of their issues has come from their shortcomings defensively being one of the least effective teams in the league ranking 25th giving up 114.3 points per contest while being 26th with opponents shooting 47.2 percent from the floor and 23rd at 36.2 percent from beyond the arc. They have had any type of improvement on this end of the court that has made it difficult for them to put forth any type of forward progress in the process.
— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) March 21, 2019
This has overshadowed much of the positive type of production that they have been able to receive from their primary contributors. Since DeAndre Jordan has returned from injury, he is averaging 11.8 points on 62.5% shooting and 13.3 rebounds in six games played. Meanwhile, Damyean Dotson has stepped it up offensively as he’s averaging 22.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 3.0 rebounds in the last four games played. This offensive production has been overshadowed by their lack of defensive stability. That alone has continued to put them in a hole and played a significant part in them dropping nine out of the last 10 games including their past two consecutive contests. This appears that it will remain the course on their downswing against the Nuggets falling to yet another disappointing loss on their home court where they hold an equally unimpressive 7-27 record.
- Knicks are 1-5 ATS in their last six home games against a team with a winning road record.
- Knicks are 0-6 ATS in their last six Friday games.
- Knicks are 0-4 ATS in their last four games against Northwest division opponents.
- Nuggets are 4-1 ATS in their last five road games.
- Nuggets are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games playing on zero day’s rest.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Although the Nuggets will be playing the second game of a back-to-back set, this will be a one-sided affair in their favor. The Knicks have simply been too inconsistent to trust, especially against the top-tier teams in the league. Denver is also 6-2 ATS in the last eight meetings against New York.
Full-Game Total Pick
The Nuggets will have the benefit of going up against one of the least effective teams in the league defensively. This should set the table for a higher-scoring outing. What should also be noted is that the over is 5-0 in the last five meetings between both teams.