Brooklyn Nets v New York Knicks: Nets to win – 11/10
The Nets are 3-2 after five matches, while the start of the season for the Knicks has really been a nightmare approaching Halloween with no win and three losses.
Brooklyn are a high scoring team with 121.2 points average per match. They’re actually the top scoring team in the league at the moment and they are second in terms of possession per match with 106.8.
This underlines the high tempo hoops that they play. Defensively the Nets are not playing as well as in attack and concede 119.4 points per match, but we don’t believe the Knicks will take advantage as they sit on a disappointing average of 93.3 points scored per match – making the New York outfit the lowest scoring team in the league.
Defensively they concede a whopping 108.7 points per game. Despite D’Angelo Russell being questionable for tonight’s match, we reckon the Nets will grab the ‘W’.
They’ve already beat the Cleveland Cavaliers a couple of nights ago without Russell and should repeat the trick later in the Big Apple at 11/10.
Houston Rockets v Charlotte Hornets: Under 211.0 points – 10/11
The Rockets have blasted into their campaign and are 4-1 until now, while the Hornets are struggling (as expected) and their record stands at 2-2 after four games.
Neither of the two teams are endangering the rim in the league at the moment. Houston are averaging 105.8 points and Charlotte are airballing at an even worse rate, averaging just 100.8 points per game.
However, both franchises can take heart from the fact they’re at least defending well. The Rockets concession stats come in at 102.87 points an outing and the Hornets are the seventh best defence in the NBA with just 97.3 points conceded.
The absence of the great Chris Paul in the Rockets line-up is possibly impacting on the playing style of Houston, and he’ll also be missing later.
Looking at the matches both have played until now, eight times out of nine the winning selection for the total points line in pre-match was the under and we believe that tonight’s games will be again be below the 211.0 points total point line at 10/11.
* All odds correct at time of posting.