The NBA have unveiled the uniforms for this season’s All Star Games in New York City with the designers careful to incorporate elements of both the co-hosts. But on current form, will anyone from the Knicks or the Nets deserve a call-up for the February contest?
We get a little comparative study tonight when New York and Brooklyn square off at Madison Square Garden with the duo a combined 10-23 this term, with the Knicks accounting for just four of those wins.
In fact, it’s been almost two weeks since rookie coach Derek Fisher last picked up a meaningful victory (defeating Philadelphia is just a mindless formality). And during their current four-game skid, they’ve failed to score over 80 on two occasions.
In fact, remove Carmelo Anthony’s 23.7 points per night and there are truly offensive numbers on view, especially in their three-point accuracy. Only two other Knicks are averaging in double figures (and only just) and New York ranks 22nd in offensive efficiency, a hammer for a team which is an even more woeful 26th on the defensive end in giving up 107.2 points per 100 possessions.
It begs the question: is the triangle offense really working for the Knicks? It’s been a slow build with passes not converting into points, Anthony still looking an uncomfortable fit and a lack of shooters nullifying any potential benefits.
The Nets are a middling team also with Joe Johnson coming off an unfathomable haul of just three points in Sunday’s blowout loss to Chicago, suggesting that it might be worth a flutter on a low-scoring tussle with going under the line of 180.5 total points priced at a generous 3.55.
And on their home floor, with a little point to prove, there’s probably enough available for the Knicks to be the derby dandies, even if there’s little star quality in NYC.
Best bet: Take New York on the handicap of -2.5 over Brooklyn at 2.20