New York has not made the playoffs since 2013 and finished 32-50 last season. Knicks president Phil Jackson revamped the roster in the offseason, adding veterans Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah to go along with Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis.
New York opened the season back in October against the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers, who showed at the time as the second most favored at 11-4.
While the Knicks attracted the most bets, the big money is on Golden State. The bets on the Knicks aren’t very big, but there are lots of them.
Knicks lost the game by 29 points. The Cavs rolled to an easy 117-88 victory, but that doesn’t really determine anything at this point.
It was Cleveland’s seventh straight win in the series. Cleveland shooting guard J.R. Smith suffered a hyperextended left knee in Monday’s 116-112 road win over the Raptors and he’ll sit out tonight’s matchup as a result. James was his usual dominant self, going off for a season-high 34 points in Canada.
The Knicks opened as 100-1 long shots to win the title at the Westgate but have been bet down to 60-1.
After starting the year with an unimpressive 5-7 SU record, the Knicks have since gone 7-2 SU while covering the spread eight times during that span. Carmelo Anthony and company are 13-8 ATS on the year – good enough to make them the third-best bet in the Association behind Toronto (14-6-1) and Houston (14-7).
Knickerbockers opened lines as 5-point home underdogs for Wednesday’s clash with the Cleveland Cavaliers, but that line had been bet all the way up to +8.5 at the time of writing. New York has been tabbed as dogs in seven of its past nine and cashed in six of those affairs.
How have Jeff Hornacek’s crew caught fire at the betting window? One word: offense. The Knicks have scored at least 100 points in each of their past 11 games after topping that mark only five times in their first 10. Carmelo Anthony has been his usual dominant self, while Latvian phenom/franchise savior Kristaps Porzingis is averaging 20.2 in his sophomore campaign.
The impact of offseason addition Derrick Rose cannot be overlooked. Rose is averaging 16.7 PPG on 45 percent shooting in his first year in the Big Apple, but the bigger story has been his health. Rose’s brutal injury history is well documented, but the former Chicago Bull has managed to stay on the floor for every game in the first quarter of the campaign. Rose’s status for tonight’s tilt is up in the air, as he’s been suffering from back spasms. He’s officially listed as questionable.
With games against Sacramento, Phoenix, Denver, Indiana, Orlando and the L.A. Lakers on the docket before Christmas, the Knicks are certainly worth your attention if they can keep up their recent high-flying ways. So whether or not the Knicks will become the best bet on NBA, you want to keep a close eye on them, do it while making some money, sign up at HeritageSports.eu