New York vs. Brooklyn, 12/26/2019 19:30 EDT, Score: 94 - 82

Point Spread: -7/-115 Brooklyn

Sportsbook: Bookmaker

Result: Loss

10* Brooklyn (7:35 ET): Tip your cap to the Nets, who have managed to stay relevant despite lengthy injury absences from both Kyrie Irving and Caris LeVert. Of course, Kevin Durant hasn't even suited up this season, but that was expected when he was signed. Still, when Irving and Durant were both brought in, there was a lot of internal optimism from the franchise. Being 7th in the Eastern Conference probably isn't want they had in mind, but given the injuries, it's not all that bad. This team should still easily make the playoffs.

The Knicks lost out on both Irving and Durant in free agency and when then happened, the team was pretty much resigned to another losing year. Sure enough, New York comes in at 7-24 SU. Only the Hawks have a worse record and point differential. The Knicks don't score much (tied for last at 103.5 PPG) nor do they play very good defense. They're currently on a three-game losing skid that has seen them allow an average of 124.3 PPG.

The emergence of Spencer Dinwiddie has been huge for the Nets as he's come in and averaged 26.1 PPG on 44.5% shooting as a starter. He's scored 20+ points in 16 of his last 18 games including a career-best seven in a row. Brooklyn is 8-3 ATS its L11 games and clearly superior to their NY rivals. The Knicks are a miserable 3-12 SU on the road, 0-8 SU in division games and 0-6 ATS when playing with exactly two days rest. The Nets should have no problem winning this game by a big margin. 10* Brooklyn

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