New York Knicks-Brooklyn
It’s Martin Luther King Day in the United States, which for NBA fans means almost 12 hours of games in a row from early to late and a string of intriguing clashes to brighten up the holiday.
And there’s no bigger clash than the Big Apple derby, where the suddenly resurgent Brooklyn Nets take the metro to face the New York Knicks with the rivals separated by just one win in the standings.
New York, having had a stretch of six wins out of seven, have slumped again to lose three in a row, principally due to a three-point shooting dip which has seen them average just 94 points in their skid.
It’s a complete contrast to Brooklyn who have come out on top in six of their last seven, and with a new small lineup paying dividends, the Nets have only conceded over 98 points once in that stretch – against Atlanta in London last week.
They’ve been getting a lot of scoring help from Joe Johnson, and if he can replicate what he did to the Hawks then there’s good value on Brooklyn at 3.40 on a first quarter handicap of -4.5.
If both teams continue recent trends, it’s worth a punt on going under the total points line of 180.5, available at 4.20.
Two high-scoring rivals bid to maintain their fine form with the Houston Rockets hosting the Portland Trail Blazers.
Houston has won five out of six but their schedule has been loaded with lottery teams. Portland has taken five in a row including victories on the road in Dallas and San Antonio, while averaging 113.2 points during their streak.
The Rockets are unbeaten at home when they score 107 or more and although they’re 1.70 to win, you can have a look at going over 225.5 points at 2.85.
Best bet: Go under 190.5 total points in Knicks-Nets at 2.16