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Comparing Brooklyn Nets vs New York Knicks Futures Odds

Comparing Brooklyn Nets vs New York Knicks Futures Odds

There is no doubt that NBA betting is better when both New York teams are playing well, and that’s definitely the case now online sports betting in New York has officially launched.

Four operators went live in the Empire State on Saturday, including Caesars Sportsbook New York, which is offering new sign-ups a $300 free bet bonus upon registration plus a first-deposit match worth up to $3,000.

But which markets are worth your wagers? The Nets have title aspirations behind the combination of Kevin Durant and James Harden, while the Knicks are once again grinding their way through the schedule each night and remain in playoff contention.

It’s likely that we’ll get to see these two in the postseason, so how do they stack up against one another? With online betting now legal in New Jersey and New York, there is sure to be plenty of interest in both teams’ NBA futures. Here’s a breakdown of where these two teams stack up in the Big Apple.

Comparing Knicks & Nets Title Odds

Knicks: +12500 via Caesars Sportsbook

Nets: +260 via Caesars Sportsbook

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The Nets are the consensus favorite among all sportsbooks, and it’s no surprise why. Kyrie Irving has returned as a part-time player in road games, and it gives them the league’s best trio in Irving, Harden and Durant. Their defense has played better than many expected, and it’s all about the stars when the postseason rolls around. If Irving gets vaccinated or the state of New York changes it’s policy, either of which would allow Irving to play in home games, the Nets’ NBA title odds will shorten considerably.

The Knicks lost seven of eight games to begin December, plummeting to the bottom of the Eastern Conference playoff standings. They’ve turned the corner in January, winning six of nine to creep closer to .500, but they’re still a few significant pieces away from true title contention.

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Comparing Knicks & Nets Eastern Conference Odds

Knicks: +6000 via DraftKings Sportsbook

Nets: +130 via DraftKings Sportsbook

The Nets were a Durant foot on the line away from knocking off the Milwaukee Bucks and heading to the NBA Finals a season ago. Durant and Harden look just as good as they did last season, and Irving is finally back in a limited capacity. The East feels more wide open than it did a year ago, and that’s good news for the frontrunners. They’re the favorites here for a reason.

Julius Randle’s jump to All-Star status last season was an exciting development for the Knicks. They’re also getting solid contributions from guys like R.J. Barrett, Evan Fournier, and Mitchell Robinson. But they’re a tier below the true contenders in the East like the Nets, Bucks, Heat, Sixers, and Bulls. There’s no value here for New York bettors.

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Comparing Knicks & Nets Atlantic Division Odds

Knicks: +6500 via FanDuel

Nets: -370 via FanDuel

Brooklyn is slumping in January, having lost five of its last seven games as of this writing. That’s allowed the Sixers (seven straight wins) to close within just a few games of the Nets. While we ultimately think the Nets will turn on the burners and run away with this division, these odds are far too steep with the Sixers closing in on them — and potentially improving their team in the short term with a Ben Simmons trade.

It’s just about impossible to go through a 1-7 stretch and compete in a division with two legitimate contenders. That’s what happened to the Knicks, who are now fighting just to get out of the cellar in the Atlantic Division. Even if they can leapfrog the Raptors and Celtics at some point, they have no chance of catching both the Nets and Sixers. Avoid these NBA odds at betting sites.

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Comparing Knicks & Nets Nightly Betting

Knicks: 19-22 ATS; 17-24 OU

Nets: 14-24-1 ATS; 18-21 OU

Neither team has been all that great at betting sites, but here’s a few trends we’re looking at. The Nets are a horrific 3-16-1 ATS as a home favorite this season, while the Knicks are 6-3 ATS as a road favorite. Brooklyn’s only saving grace is a 7-7 ATS record as an away favorite, but even that would have bettors down money.

The Unders are hitting everywhere in the NBA, and these two teams are no exception. The points seem to come more frequently when the Nets leave the state: Brooklyn is 10-8 hitting the over on the road, while the Knicks are the same no matter where they play: 8-12 OU on the road compared to 9-12 OU at home.

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About the Author

Mark Strotman for Bookies.com
Mark Strotman
Mark is a veteran sports betting journalist who has covered the Bulls and the NBA since 2012. His work has appeared on ESPN.com, FoxSports.com, The Chicago Tribune and Yahoo Sports. He regularly provides NBA betting picks, as well as in-depth sportsbook reviews and the latest promo codes for all the major sports gambling operators, including Caesars Sportsbook, BetMGM, DraftKings, FanDuel and more.