New York Knicks vs. New Orleans Pelicans / NBA – The Knicks have failed to defeat the Pelicans away in the first match, and now they have the opportunity to do so in front of their fans. The bad form of Pelicans is going in their favour, who lost the last three matches, although the form of the Knicks is also far from ideal. Begins: 10.01.2017. – 01:30 CET
New York Knicks
Just a few days ago, the Knicks hosted Pelicans in the match in which they played without guard Lee, but with all the other players, they recorded a win 92:104. Anthony was with 26 points and 13 rebounds and Porzingis with 21 points and 12 rebounds led the have led their team, but could not do much against the Pelicans in which almost every player was crucial for the victory of the home team. The Knicks did not respond to a low setting of the Pelicans with Davis on the site of the center, because they have received as many as 30 points from the counterattacks, while center Noah had no solution for play Davis and he very quickly got into trouble with personal fouls.
The Knicks have until recently had a series of six consecutive losses, then they defeated the Bucks, but before this match, they were defeated by Indiana away with 109:123. Currently, ther impact is 17 wins and 20 defeats, and they are the tenth team in the East, while at home they have 11 wins and 7 losses. With nearly 109 points which they receive on average, they have one of the worst defences and that is what it can never be repaired (that is why they are looking for reinforcements in the defence).
Probable lineups New York Knicks: Lee, Rose, Anthony, Porzingis, Noah
New Orleans Pelicans
The Pelicans had a series of four consecutive triumphs (the fourth was just over the Knicks), but they have after that suffered three defeats and dropped to eleventh place in the West with 14 wins and 24 defeats. With the game against Boston, which they played before hosting against the Knicks, the Pelicans began a series of five consecutive away matches, where they so far have only four wins from 17 matches. Lithuanian Motiejunas has his debut against Boston (11 points and 5 rebounds), who came as a free agent from Houston and who will reinforce positions four and five due to the absence of Ajinca and Asik.
In the first match, the Pelicans have defeated the Knicks with their team play. Six players have scored double figures (Davis 23 points and 18 rebounds), while the Pelicans’ bench outscored the Knicks bench for 39:22. In this game, but also in the next period, they will not be able to count on a solid Pondexter, who operated the knee and his return will not be so fast. It will be an interesting to see a duel between brothers Jrue and Justin Holiday, while Galloway will again play against his former team, the Knicks, who seems to have given the service of this player too easily.
Probable lineups New Orleans Pelicans: Hield, Holiday, Hill, Cunningham, Davis
New York Knicks vs. New Orleans Pelicans PICK
Ten days ago, the Pelicans celebrated victory at home, but it seems that now the Knicks are closer to triumph. Closer because of the reason that they are complete as opposed to the guests and because they are playing at home. In addition, the Knicks just have to start playing better, because their fans are nervous, as well as Anthony, and if it escalates, it will not be good for the team from New York.
Pick: Knicks – 4 points
Odds: 1.91 at betsson (down to 1.83 can be played)