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New York Knicks at Denver Nuggets odds, picks and prediction

Dec 15, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) controls the ball as New York Knicks forward RJ Barrett (9) defends in the fourth quarter at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Knicks (37-28) travel to the Mile High City for their third game of a six-game Western Conference road swing. They’ll play the Denver Nuggets (43-22) at Ball Arena with a 9 p.m. ET tip-off. Below, we analyze the Knicks-Nuggets odds and lines, with NBA picks and predictions.

New York won 12 of its last 13 games and covered the spread in 15 of the past 16 with the latest being a 118-104 whooping of the Memphis Grizzlies Monday.

Their recent surge has the Knicks as the 4-seed in the Eastern Conference and 3 games ahead of the seventh-place Boston Celtics (seeds 7-10 participate in the postseason play-in tournament).

Denver was upset 93-89 as a 4-point road favorite by a Los Angeles Lakers team missing SF LeBron James Monday. Prior to the loss, the Nuggets won five straight and nine of 10.

The Nuggets steamrolled the Knicks 114-89 in their first meeting of the season Jan. 10. Really, no one from New York showed up aside from All-Star PF Julius Randle who put up 29 points on 11-for-16 shooting with 10 rebounds and 5 assists.

Knicks at Nuggets: Odds, spread and lines

Odds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports’ betting odds for a full list. Lines last updated at 2:40 p.m. ET.

  • Money line: Knicks +145 (bet $100 to win $145) | Nuggets -175 (bet $175 to win $100)
  • Against the spread/ATS: Knicks +4 (-110) | Nuggets -4 (-110)
  • Over/Under: 215.5 (O: -115 | U: -105)

Knicks at Nuggets: Key injuries

Knicks

  • Nerlens Noel (ankle) questionable
  • Mitchell Robinson (foot) out

Nuggets

  • Nikola Jokic (toe) probable
  • SG P.J. Dozier (groin) out
  • PG Jamal Murray (knee) out
  • SG Will Barton (hamstring) out
  • PG Monte Morris (hamstring) out

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Knicks at Nuggets: Odds, lines, predictions and picks

Prediction

Knicks 110, Nuggets 103

Money line (ML)

Slight “LEAN” to the KNICKS (+145) for a tiny wager if at all because I “like” New York plus the points and the Knicks are the only team hotter than the Nuggets at the moment.

When these teams played earlier this season the Knicks didn’t have PG Derrick Rose on the roster and the Nuggets were fully loaded.

Since then, Denver lost Murray for the season and enter this meeting without three more contributors in the backcourt.

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Against the spread (ATS)

Definitely bet KNICKS 4 (-110) heavier than or instead of New York’s money line because the Knicks have been a covering machine over the last few weeks and Denver has been winning but not covering.

The Nuggets covered just three times in their last nine games despite winning seven of those outright.

Also, this is a matchup where Denver’s fourth-slowest pace hurts because a slowed-down tempo would allow New York’s fourth-rated defense to set up and make life difficult for a Nuggets offense that doesn’t have any ballhandlers to create looks for teammates.

Over/Under (O/U)

“LEAN” to the UNDER 215.5 (-105) for one-third of a unit because both teams play at a snail’s pace and my read is New York’s defense will have a better showing than in the last Knicks-Nuggets game since Denver has some injury concerns.

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