Brooklyn Nets vs. New York Knicks
Tip-off: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 – 7:00 PM ET
Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
YouWager experts consider the Brooklyn Nets are likely to get the help they need tonight when they meet the New York Knicks. Brook Lopez turned in a big game the first time these Atlantic Division foes met and could be back for this evening’s game.
The Nets (11-8) came out victorious with 96-89 in overtime over the Knicks (15-5) at home on Nov. 26. The basketball game was originally scheduled as Brooklyn’s opener in their new home before it was postponed by Superstorm Sandy. Lopez starred with 22 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks.
Brooklyn’s big man has missed the last five games with a mild foot sprain. No defensive presence has been evident with rivals shooting 52.1 percent against Brooklyn during their skid.
Yesterday Lopez was seen in practice, and it will be a game-time decision if he plays.
The first time these NBA teams met, Brooklun point guard Deron Williams described it as a “playoff-type atmosphere.”
Carmelo Anthony, native of Brooklyn, had 35 points and 13 boards for the Knicks, and he’ll likely hear some MVP chants from New York fans in his second game in the borough.
The 28 year-old star player heard those chants when he scored 34 points against his former team Sunday in a 112-106 home win over the Denver Nuggets. Anthony was back in the starting lineup after missing two games with a cut on the middle finger of his left hand that required stitches.
New York could present a different challenge since veteran guard Jason Kidd missed the first game with lower back spasms. The California native has started the last three games and finished with 17 points and seven assists against Denver.
Online sports betting fans were doubtful in the offseason that Kidd, a former Net, would join Brooklyn to back up Williams.
Williams has shouldered the scoring load with an average of 24.7 points over the last three games. The guard had 18 and eight assists in Sunday’s 97-88 home defeat to the Milwaukee Bucks.
He’s very much excited about this visit by New York, winners of six of seven since their first trip to Brooklyn.