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New York Knicks vs. Brooklyn Nets
The New York Knicks (20-20) will face the Brooklyn Nets (10-28) in the Battle of the Buroughs on Wednesday evening. Fanpicks.com is proud to announce its RotoPicker free to use tool, which allows you to create winning line ups and dominate your fantasy basketball competition. Play the most exciting contest, including the newest $25K Grand Action and Point Spread contests only at Fanpicks.com the premiere daily fantasy basketball
New York are riding a wave of momentum across town on Wednesday as they have won four of their last five games and are back up to a .500 record. They team showed pressure under duress in Tuesday night’s victory over the Boston Celtics, 120-114, but may have paid a short-term price in an injury concern over their biggest star. Carmelo Anthony left the game after rolling his ankle, this after 7-for-10 shooting for 17 points in just 18 minutes played. Early indications are that Anthony suffered a sprain, with Derek Fisher stating that his status for the match-up with Brooklyn would not be known until shortly before tipoff. Kristaps Porzingis led the Knicks in scoring with 26 points, with 20 points in the first half alone, before fouling out late in the fourth quarter. Rookie Jerian Grant had an impressive 16 points and 8 assists as New York comes into mid-season form in hopes of developing more team chemistry and a Playoff run after the All-Star break next month.
The Nets, meanwhile, have dropped five straight and are still putting the pieces back in place after firing Coach Lionel Hollins on Sunday and promising a marked shift in attitude and culture moving forward. What followed the next night was a 106-79 home court mugging at the hands of the San Antonio Spurs to fall to 6-14 at Barclays Center. The loss marked the tenth straight home defeat for the Nets. Brook Lopez shot 8-for-17 for a team best 18 points while Joe Johnson added 16 points going 6-of-7 from the paint. Johnson also provided Brooklyn their only two three-pointers of the evening, as the unit shot a paltry 16.7% from downtown. The team owns the worst three-point shooting percentage in the NBA, averaging 31.2% per match-up. They also lay claim to the second-worst offense in the league, averaging only 95.2 points per game. The team may want to find a winning home formula fast, as they play six of their next eight contests in Brooklyn, with visitors including the Heat, Thunder and Cavaliers.