The Knicks and Nets will play in Brooklyn tonight in what will be their second head to head matchup of the season. The Knicks took care of business in the first one winning 121-102 in a game that was never really close. The Knicks have been hot winning 4 of their last 5 and the Nets have been the opposite losing 4 of their last 5. That includes Sunday's loss where they blew an 11 point lead with 5 minutes left and allowed the Clippers to go on a 22-0 run to end the game. Let's take a closer look at this matchup and get into our Knicks vs Nets Prediction - NBA Picks 1/23/24.
New York Knicks
The Knicks, with a record of 26-17, are positioned fifth in the Eastern Conference and are coming off a three-game winning streak. Their last game saw a commanding 126-100 victory over the Toronto Raptors, with Jalen Brunson and Julius Randle combining for a phenomenal 56 points, 21 rebounds, and 19 assists. A key aspect of the Knicks' recent success has been their defense, which has been exceptional. They have managed to keep their last five opponents to 109 points or less, and four of these teams to 100 or fewer points. When they previously met the Nets, the Knicks held them to just 36.6% shooting. The Knicks' recent trade acquisition, OG Anunoby, has been a significant contributor to their success, with the team going 9-2 since his arrival.
The Brooklyn Nets, on the other hand, hold a record of 17-25 and are placed eleventh in the East. They're coming off a disappointing loss against the LA Clippers, where they let go of an 11-point lead in the final quarter, eventually losing 125-114. This game marked their 15th loss in the last 19 games, a period during which they've struggled defensively, allowing at least 120 points in nine of their recent losses.
Knicks vs Nets Prediction
This game, being a part of a rivalry, is anticipated to be competitive. However, considering the current forms and stats, the Knicks are favored to win, especially with their significant advantage defensively.
Knicks 115 Nets 106