Knicks Look To Defeat Crosstown Rival, Brooklyn Nets

photo from Mary Altaffer via New York Daily News

The New York Knicks (4-12) will be facing their crosstown rival, the Brooklyn Nets (7-8) at 6:00pm Eastern Time at home in Madison Square Garden. The Nets are listed as 2.5 point favorites, despite being without star player, Kyrie Irving.

Starting Lineups- With 2 Attributes That Will Be Impactful Tonight (Strength, Weakness)

PositionNew York KnicksBrooklyn Nets
PGFrank Ntilikina (defense, scoring)Spencer Dinwiddie (scoring, turnovers)
SGKevin Knox (three-point shooting, perimeter defense)Garrett Temple (defense, shooting)
SFMarcus Morris Sr. (3 point shooting, turnovers)Joe Harris (three-point shooting, defense)
PFJulius Randle (interior scoring, turnovers)Taurean Prince (three-point shooting, turnovers)
CTaj Gibson (rebounding, fouling)Jarrett Allen (rebounding, free throw shooting)

Matchup Of The Night

Frank Ntilikina vs. Spencer Dinwiddie

Dinwiddie is a crafty, shifty, guard that can score the ball at will. Dinwiddie is shooting a poor 28.2% from three this season, but is still averaging 18.9 points per game and shooting 84.9% from the free throw line. Dinwiddie gets into the paint with ease, helping him rack up 5.2 assists per game. He likes to play fast, playing with a pace of 104.82. Sometimes he does get out of control, displayed through his 2.6 turnovers per game. Dinwiddie likes to score in transition, also averaging 2.5 fast break points per game. Ntilikina plays at a much slower pace of 98.03 and will look to generate turnovers, as he’s averaging 1.7 steals per game. Frank will have a tough time scoring on the taller (6-5) and faster Dinwiddie. Ntilikina’s objective in this matchup should be to control the tempo, force Dinwiddie to turn the ball over, and keep him out of the paint as much as possible.

Inactives

Knicks- RJ Barrett, Elfrid Payton, and Reggie Bullock

Nets- Kyrie Irving and Caris LeVert

Key Statistics

  1. The Nets are 7th in the NBA, averaging 113.7 points per game. The Knicks are last, averaging 102.1 points per game.
  2. Brooklyn is 6th in the NBA in three-pointers attempted (36.5 per game). The Knicks are 28th, averaging 29.1 per game.
  3. Opponents take 41.9% of their shots from three against the Knicks, the 2nd highest frequency in the league.
  4. The Nets are 22nd in the NBA, averaging 16.6 turnovers per game. The Knicks are 8th in the NBA, averaging 8.5 steals per game.
  5. Brooklyn in 2nd in the NBA, contesting 44 2 point shots per game. The Knicks are 4th in the NBA, taking 66.8% of their shots as 2 pointers.
  6. The Knicks are 1st in the NBA, averaging 12.3 offensive rebounds per game. Brooklyn is 4th in the NBA, averaging 37.5 defensive rebounds per game.
  7. The Knicks are 28th in the NBA, committing 23.9 fouls per game. The Nets are 9th in the NBA, drawing 22.9 fouls per game.
  8. The Knicks are last in the NBA, shooting 67.5% from the foul line. The Nets are 23rd in the NBA, shooting 74.3% from the charity stripe.
  9. In their last matchup, the Knicks shot 17-25 (68%), from three-point. The Nets shot 16-37 (43.2%) from three.
  10. In their last matchup, the Knicks leading scorer was Allonzo Trier (22 points), who has registered 5 straight DNPs via the coach’s decision. The Nets leading scorer was Kyrie Irving (26 points), who will be out tonight.

Keys To Winning

The Knicks will need to contain Brooklyn from three, force the Nets to turn the ball over, and play well in the paint, to win this game. Joe Harris (44.8% from 3) and Taurean Prince (39.4% from 3) are two very good three point shooters that the Knicks must account for at all times. The Nets are turnover prone, so the Knicks who have played their best basketball when generating turnovers, will look to take advantage of that. Finally, Brooklyn has been very good defensively at rebounding and protecting the paint. If the Knicks can grab offensive rebounds and finish/draw fouls around the rim, that will behoove the Knicks tremendously.

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