There is a full slate of NBA action set to take place on Thursday night, including some terrific matchups. That will be the case at Madison Square Garden in New York City as the Knicks are set to host the Denver Nuggets.
The Nuggets continue to be one of the best teams in the NBA this season as they come into this game at 31-14. Denver also has a ton of momentum ahead of this matchup as they have rattled off three straight wins.
The New York Knicks are another team with momentum as they have rattled off four straight victories. New York has improved their record to 27-17 after a slow start, and they are a team to watch in the Eastern Conference.
Denver is coming into this game as a slim 2.5-point betting favorite and this has the potential to be a battle.
Jokic Leading Denver Charge
The Denver Nuggets continue to be one of the top franchises in the NBA, and they have a roster full of playmakers. Denver has won three straight games on the road, and they just continue to come up with clutch plays.
Nikola Jokic is setting the tone for Denver this season as he is averaging over 26 points and 12 rebounds per game. New York is a team with some size, but Jokic has been able to score points on anyone throughout his career.
The Nuggets have really tightened up on defense over the past few weeks, and that is going to be a key as they try to win their fourth straight road game. Jamal Murray is another player that needs to step up and set the tone for the Nuggets.
Knicks Playing Well
The New York Knicks have been a hard team to figure out this season as they just haven’t been able to find any consistency. That has changed in the last few weeks as the Knicks have picked up four straight wins against some solid opponents.
Jalen Brunson is having a monster season for the Knicks as he leads the way with 26.6 points per game this season. Brunson has been making big shots all season, but there have been some other players that have stepped up as well.
New York continues to be a great defensive team, and that is one of the reasons that they are a tough matchup for opponents.
Nuggets Get the Job Done
Life on the road in the NBA is never easy, but this Nuggets team just continues to prove that they can win games anywhere. Opponents love to play their best game at Madison Square Garden, and that is what will happen with Nikola Jokic.
This Knicks team is having a terrific season, but they still need to find a way to get more balance on offense. New York will be looking to try to win this game on the defensive end of the floor, but that just won’t happen.
Bet the Denver Nuggets -2.5 as they are going to make some big plays late in this game to get a win.