The NBA is set up with another strong slate of games throughout May 5. Nine games will be up on the board throughout Wednesday night. One of these matchups will be between the New York Knicks and the Denver Nuggets. These two teams have been strong this season and will look for a big win in this one. This game will tip off at around 9:00 PM Eastern time.
New York has earned a record of 37-28 throughout this season, which has them sitting in fourth place of the Eastern Conference. The Knicks are a game and a half ahead of the Atlanta Hawks and will look to hold onto that lead. New York has won three in a row and twelve of their last thirteen. The Knicks will look to keep the winning streak going in this matchup.
The Nuggets have put up a record of 43-22 to this point in the season, which has them in third place of the Western Conference. Denver is tied with the Clippers for the third seed and four games back on the top seed. The Nuggets will look to move up with a strong finish. Denver lost their last game, which ended a five game winning streak.
These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a huge win in this one. Both teams are battling for seeding, which makes this win very important. The Knicks have been really hot as of late and will look to carry momentum into this one. If either team can control the pace early though, it could be enough for the win.
The Knicks and the Nuggets met up twice throughout last season. New York hosted the first game of the season series on December 5. Mitchell Robinson scored 17 points off the bench, but it was not nearly enough. Will Barton scored 17 points, while Jerami Grant added 16 off the bench. Denver’s bench combined for 74 points to earn a 129-92 win on the road.
Denver hosted the second game of the season series on December 15. Marcus Morris dropped 22 points, while Julius Randle added 20 points and 9 rebounds. Once again, the Knicks came up short though. Nikola Jokic scored 25 points and 10 rebounds. Will Barton scored 16 points as the Nuggets starting lineup combined for 81 in the 111-105 win.
The first game of this season’s series was in New York on January 10. Julius Randle scored 29 points and 10 rebounds, but it was not enough for the Knicks. Nikola Jokic finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds, while Gary Harris dropped 14. Both Monte Morris and P.J. Dozier scored 12 points off the bench to help lift Denver to a 114-89 win.
These two teams have only met up once this season, but it has been all Denver as of the last few seasons. The Nuggets have won six games in a row against New York. The Knicks have been much improved this season and will look to end that streak. Denver is still at the top of their game though and will look to add on to that winning streak.
Field Goal Shooting
New York has been solid shooting the ball throughout this season. The Knicks have made around 45.8 percent of their shots from the field, which is 22nd in the league. New York has also drained around 39.1 percent of their shots from deep, which is 3rd in the NBA. The Knicks have shot 78 percent from the free throw line, which is 13th in the league.
The Nuggets have been strong shooting the ball so far this season. Denver has been able to make around 48.7 percent of their shots from the field, which is 3rd in the NBA. The Nuggets are shooting 37.9 percent from behind the arc, which is 7th in the league. Denver has sunk 79.7 percent of their shots from the charity stripe, which is 7th in the NBA.
Denver has the edge shooting the ball throughout this season, but the Knicks have been better on defense. New York has held their opponents to a 44.3 percent from the field, which is 1st in the league. The Nuggets have allowed opposing teams to shoot 46.9 percent from the field, which is 18th in the NBA. The Knicks will look for their offense to slow down this Denver team.
Julius Randle has stepped up for the Knicks throughout this season. Randle is averaging 24 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. R.J. Barrett has averaged 17.5 points per game. Derrick Rose is averaging 14.5 points per game, while Alec Burks has averaged 12.5 points. Immanuel Quickley and Elfrid Payton have both averaged around 11 points per game. Reggie Bullock is averaging 10.5 points to round out the lineup.
Denver has been hit hard with injuries as of late, which has hurt their lineup a bit. Nikola Jokic has averaged 26.5 points, 11 rebounds and 8.5 assists per game. Michael Porter Jr. is averaging 19 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. Aaron Gordon has averaged 10.5 points per game to round out the current starting lineup.
These two teams have seen great production from a lot of players throughout this seaosn, but New York’s is much healthier entering this game. The Nuggets are without Jamal Murray for the season, while Will Barton and Monte Morris are out in this one as well. Denver will need some players to step up in a big way if they want the win in this one.
The Nuggets have been the better team throughout this season, but I think that New York can earn a big win in this one. The Knicks have lost six in a row to Denver, but I think they will finally end that streak on Wednesday night. New York has less injuries coming into this game, which I think can give their depth the edge in this one.
BetOnline has the Nuggets listed as a -5 against the spread on Wednesday. This gives a solid edge to Denver at home. While the Nuggets have been the better team as of late, they have been hit hard with injuries. I think New York can take advantage of that in this one. I am taking the Knicks with the extra points on Wednesday night.