The New York Knicks play in the second leg of a back to back on Wednesday night, taking on a Denver Nuggets team missing its best player. Both teams will have to overcome a key absence at the center position, along with the players they have to face on the court in this contest. In our NBA betting picks for Wednesday night, we break down Knicks vs Nuggets from Ball Arena.
Knicks vs Nuggets Betting Pick
This game will be played at Ball Arena at 10:00 PM ET on Wednesday, November 16, 2022.
Why Bet The Nuggets:
✅ The Knicks are on the second leg of a back to back here, which is especially problematic given the strategy employed by Tom Thibodeau last night. Thibodeau shortened the Knicks rotation, not putting Evan Fournier on the floor throughout the game. They went nine-deep for the majority of the contest, which will mean tired legs for those nine here.
✅ This line would, of course, be a lot steeper if Nikola Jokic was available for the Nuggets tonight. But the Nuggets still have plenty of weapons like Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. to carry them through against a tired Knicks team. We will take the Nuggets at a discount as a result.
✅ Sustaining defensive intensity has been a problem for the Knicks all season long. After giving excellent effort against the Jazz on Tuesday, there is reason to believe that level of effort will dip again here.
New York Knicks
Team Stats Per Game
Team Stats Per 100 Poss
|122.67||Avg Opp Score||117.67|
|110||Avg Opp Score||100.33|
|117.4||Avg Opp Score||112.6|
|111||Avg Opp Score||107.8|
|117.6||Avg Opp Score||112.9|
|107.1||Avg Opp Score||116.4|
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New York Knicks
The New York Knicks may have played their best second half of the season on Tuesday night. They roared back from a seven-point deficit and stomped out the Utah Jazz in the fourth quarter, dealing Utah its first home loss of the season so far. Now, the Knicks play for the second straight night, with the question being whether or not they can sustain their level of play.
Scoring points is not going to be a concern for this Knicks team, as they have plenty of weapons to do so. It is their defense, which took a huge step forward against Utah last night. But they will need to maintain their intensity on defense in order to get the better of the Nuggets here.
The Denver Nuggets enter this contest at 9-4 and in second place in the Western Conference. However, the story of this game is not how well the Nuggets have been playing. Instead, it will be about who is not playing, as Nikola Jokic is out for this game in health and safety protocols.
Without Jokic, and with Bones Hyland doubtful, the Nuggets will be putting their eggs into the Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. baskets tonight. Those are great options to have when your MVP is out, but the question is whether or not they can carry the load offensively while doing the creating for others that Jokic is typically responsible for doing.