One of the biggest games of the 2019-20 season of the NBA would be played between the Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks on October 25. The two teams have enjoyed a fierce rivalry over the years and their intense clashes have become one of the highlights of the NBA every season.
The Brooklyn Nets and the New York Knicks have squared off 195 times in the NBA regular season with the Knicks winning 99 games and the Nets winning 96. Clearly, there is very little separating the two equally matched sides in this famed rivalry. In the 2018-19 season, the two teams clashed 4 times and the Brooklyn Nets won 3 of the games and dominated their rivals comprehensively.
The Nets are in good form and Irving will be their star player
In recent times, the Nets have clearly had the upper hand against the Knicks. This season too, the Nets will start off as favorites against the Knicks despite history not being on their side and despite them losing their first game of the season. The Nets lost their season opener to the Minnesota Timberwolves in a very close contest (126-127). But their confidence would still be high.
The Brooklyn Nets had grabbed the headlines this season after acquiring two superstars in their roster – Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. In the season opener against the Timberwolves, Irving had a terrific record-setting Brooklyn Nets debut in which he scored 50 points. This was the most points scored in franchise history for a player making his debut.
With Irving in form, Durant’s support would make a huge difference in the game against the Knicks if he is regains his health. Even otherwise, the Nets have other players like DeAndre Jordan, Joe Harris, Rodions Kurucs and Caris LeVert to watch out for.
Knicks struggling with poor form and lackluster defense
The New York Knicks, meanwhile were defeated comfortably 111-120 by San Antonio Spurs in their season opener. They looked rather off-color against the Spurs. In fact, in their last 5 games, they have lost 4 times. Form, hence, is not on their side. Moreover, a point that cannot be looked over is that last season the Knicks were the fifth-worst in defensive efficiency.
However, the team will take heart from the performance put up by rookie No. 3 overall draft pick RJ Barrett’s debut – he scored 21 buckets and five rebounds. Julius Randle, however, will have to be efficient in this game and lead his forces well. Their sharpshooting has been poor in recent times and it would have to be improved significantly if they can challenge the Nets.
Forward Marcus Morris had a good game too against the Spurs with 26 points and four rebounds and would be looking to continue the form. A lot will also depend on how center Julius Randle and forward Bobby Portis perform in this match.
NBA Basketball Prediction – Brooklyn Nets vs. New York Knicks:
With the in-form Kyrie Irving in their lineup, the Brooklyn Nets will go into their clash against the New York Knicks with great confidence. The Knicks have been really short of form and have been struggling with poor defense. They might put up a good fight with some of the fresh faces they have added to their roster; especially with their offence.
However, the Nets look too strong and complete at the moment. They are the predicted winners of this contest.
The average number of points scored in this game is likely to be around 220-225.