Nets vs Knicks: Knicks look to get back to winning ways
Nets vs Knicks NBA odds spreads and predictions
When is it? Saturday December 8th
What time is tip off? 7:30 p.m. ET
Where is it being played? Madison Square Garden
Which channel is it on? MSG Network/YES Network
Both the Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks are simply struggling big time this season.
The Knicks are currently on a two-game losing streak of their own. Their latest loss was a 128-100 defeat to the Boston Celtics on Thursday night.
Point guard Kyrie Iriving finished with 22 points, eight assists and four rebounds, Jaylen Brown added 21 points off the bench, and Al Horford had 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Celtics in the win.
For the Knicks, Tim Hardaway Jr. led the way with 22 points, Emmanuel Mudiay added 17 points and six assists, Enes Kanter contributed 14 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.
The Nets, on the other hand, are dying to put together some sort of a winning streak early this NBA season.
They ended an eight-game losing streak by beating the Toronto Raptors 106-105 in a thriller on Friday night, D'Angelo Russell finishing with 29 points, scoring six in overtime, while Jarrett Allen clinched the game-winning basket with just over a minute on the clock remaining.
It was their first win against the Raptors since 2015 and a first victory since November 20.
Nets vs Knicks Spread
The Knicks are giving the Nets 2.5 points in this basketball game.
Because the Nets played on Friday night against the Raptors, they are clearly at a disadvantage in the second game of a back-to-back against the Knicks on Saturday.
I'm going to give the edge to the Knicks in this matchup, and I believe they will ultimately come away with a big home win against their crosstown rival.
Take the Knicks in this one.
Nets vs Knicks Over/Under
The over/under is currently set at 219 total points.
My final score prediction: New York Knicks 110, Brooklyn Nets 105.
Take the under in this matchup.
Where the game will be won or lost
The New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets squared off earlier this season, and it was the Knicks who came away with a 115-96 victory at Madison Square Garden.
In that basketball game, Tim Hardaway Jr. finished with 25 points, eight assists and five rebounds for the Knicks. Frank Ntilikina added 16 points, five rebounds and four assists, and at the time, Enes Kanter came off the bench and contributed 15 points and 15 rebounds in the win.
For the Nets, Spencer Dinwiddie led the way with 17 points, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson contributed 16 points and seven rebounds, and D'Angelo Russell chipped in 13 points for the Nets.
Look for Hardaway Jr. to be instrumental for the Knicks in their second meeting on Saturday. He will be the best player on the court by a large margin.