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(21-20) New Orleans Pelicans vs. New York Knicks (19-23)
Date: Sunday January 14
Time: 3:30PM EST
Venue: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Pelicans -1.5
NBA Betting Total: 217
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Sunday, January 14 finds cross Conference rivals the New Orleans Pelicans and New York Knicks tipping off. New Orleans arrives at the Mecca coming off a big win over the Portland Trail Blazers.
Conversely, the Knicks have lost two games in a row with the most current being to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Last season, the squads played the usual two times with the Pelicans winning both contests and they’ve taken an early lead with a win in the teams’ first meeting this season. All-time the Pelicans hold a slim one game edge of 17 wins to 16 for the Knicks.
New Orleans Pelicans
The Pelicans gained vital ground on three teams ahead of them in the standings with the win over the Blazers. New Orleans is sitting in the final playoff spot a full game ahead of the ninth place Clippers and a half game back of the Blazers, Nuggets and Thunder.
Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins offer the leagues lone twin tower lineup to counter all the small ball lineups. Both players placed among the top ten in the second fan vote returns for the All-Star Game.
All season the Pelicans have navigated the injury bug with key members of the core unit missing time.
Currently there are four players out; Tony Allen, Alexis Ajinca, Frank Jackson and Solomon Hill.
New York Knicks
The Knicks sit on the periphery of the East’s playoff seeds and find themselves battling the learning curve of how to win on the road. If the young squad could figure out how to solve that specific dilemma it would likely result in a trip to the postseason.
Trial by fire might best describe Kristaps Porzingis’ first season as the main man for the Knicks. With the departure of Carmelo Anthony, the big man has a true appreciation for what his predecessor dealt with both on and off the court.
Recently Porzingis answered a question with a simple response “I’m tired” and it turned into a big story. Suffice to say becoming the Knicks top gun and navigating the New York media wasn’t as simply as the unicorn expected.
Fortunately for Porzingis his load is lessened with the return of Tim Hardaway. Jr. missed 20 games due to a leg injury, but easily transitioned back into the rotation producing 16 points, 2 assists and 3 rebounds versus the Wolves.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Over is 15-6 in Pelicans last 21 overall.
- Knicks are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
- Under is 9-4 in Knicks last 13 home games.
- Under is 12-2 in the teams’ last 14 head to head meetings.
- Pelicans are 6-13 ATS in the last 19 head to head meetings.
Free New Orleans Pelicans vs. New York Knicks NBA Prediction: Line is off
In the last ten games the Pelicans have been on fire offensively, but the news is their defense has also been improving.
The problem is the Knicks are an entirely different team at home and have Hardaway back to help share the offensive load.
Still, given the twin towers desire to make the All-Star game and also move up the ladder I think their size will prove to be an issue for New York.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Pelicans -1.5
As of posting no lines were available, but I’ll take the Pelicans for the win in a narrow victory and keep an eye for the line and return to update at that time.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Pelicans 108 – Knicks 103
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