Knicks Host Nets In Opener Of ESPN Doubleheader

By: Michael Robinson | Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Brooklyn Nets at New York Knicks
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12/19/2012 at 7:00 p.m. (ET)
Opening Lines: New York -6, O/U 194½
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Television: ESPN

Brooklyn Nets: The Nets (13-11 straight-up, 12-10-2 against the spread) will be playing the second half of a back-to-back after losing 92-90 at home to Utah on Tuesday. Brooklyn is just 2-7 SU and ATS in its last nine games, but the team is healthier now with center Brook Lopez (foot) returning two games ago. The Nets are 1-1 SU and 2-0 ATS against New York this year with each contest very close and played at the Barclays Center.

New York Knicks: The Knicks (18-6 SU, 14-10 ATS) are smarting after their first home loss this year on Monday, 109-96 to Houston and former celebrated teammate Jeremy Lin. That went "under" the big 210-point total after the "over" was 7-1-1 in New York’s previous nine. Rookie Chris Copeland (29 points) did a great job filling in for Carmelo Anthony (ankle), who is questionable again on Wednesday (click to check updated NBA injury report). The Knicks are 8-3 ATS at home to go along with the 10-1 SU mark.

Milwaukee Bucks at Memphis Grizzlies
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12/19/2012 at 9:30 p.m. (ET)
Opening Lines: Memphis -9, O/U 182½
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Television: ESPN

Milwaukee Bucks: Milwaukee (13-10 SU, 12-11 ATS) beat Indiana 98-93 at home on Tuesday before traveling to Memphis. Mike Dunleavy (knee) returned to action against the Pacers after missing the previous six and scored 17 points off the bench. The Bucks had a four-game SU and ATS winning streak snapped Saturday with a 111-85 home loss to the red-hot Clippers. They have been a solid road play this year at 7-4 ATS (6-5 SU).

Memphis Grizzlies: Memphis (16-6 SU, 14-7-1 ATS) has come out of a mini cold streak with wins and covers in its last two games at Utah (99-86) and home vs. Chicago (80-71) on Monday . The Grizzlies are now 10-2 SU and 8-3-1 ATS at home this year. The "under" is 5-0 in their last five (11-3 in the last 14), and they lead the NBA in scoring defense at 90 PPG. The Bucks and Grizz met on Nov. 7 with Memphis winning 108-90 as 1-point road favorites. The road team is 10-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings between the teams overall.

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