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How to Bet Pelicans vs. Knicks Tonight: Best NBA Bets & Player Props 1/20/22

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There is something about getting to a .500 record for the Knicks; they have been unable to sustain whatever it was that got them back to an even record. The Pelicans would do anything for just a shot at an even record, as they continue to slide down the standings. Both teams are riding two-game losing streaks heading into Madison Square Garden, so at least one team will leave the building on a positive note. New York saw the return of Kemba Walker to the lineup but did little to prevent a loss. Walker’s return may have an impact on scoring for Evan Fournier and Alec Burks. The Knicks will still try to win this game on the backs of R.J. Barrett and Julius Randle. The Pelicans are dealing with on-court issues like Brandon Ingram struggling to make a shot, and the off-court injury news surrounding Devonte Graham’s availability. Graham is questionable, so the Pelicans may try to attack New York up front with Jonas Valanciunas.

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New Orleans Pelicans vs. New York Knicks

Date: Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022
Time: 7:30 p.m. EST
Venue:
Madison Square Garden — New York, N.Y.

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Under 211 (-110, BetMGM)

The Pelicans do not score a ton of points but have no problem allowing other teams to take advantage. New Orleans is 25th in the NBA in scoring and 21st in defensive scoring. The Knicks are not anything to brag about on offense either, getting to the same low-scoring results with a different pacing. New York actually scores fewer points per game than New Orleans, but the Knicks boast the fifth-best scoring defense in the NBA — advantage defense. Bad scoring offenses do not usually get breaks against good defenses. The pacing should favor the Knicks, which puts more pressure on the Pelicans to make shots, something they do not do quite well.

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Herbert Jones Under 11.5 Points (-105, DraftKings)

Jones is a perfect candidate of a player victimized by a low total while playing for a struggling team. OddsShopper loves this play, with a 68% chance of hitting and a 34% expected ROI. Awesemo’s free projection has Jones only finishing with 9 points. Jones goes over this number with an increase in minutes and a lesser team on defense. The Knicks should slow down the wings of the Pelicans and make life difficult for Jones to get clean looks. There is also the Knicks keeping him off the free-throw line, where Jones has been able to bump up his points.

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Julius Randle Over 4.5 Assists (-125, SugarHouse)

Looking at a game script that would allow the Knicks to win and keep this game under, Randle will become more of a facilitator. It is not like he will not score, but he should have an easier time hitting Knicks guards for open shots. OddsShopper has Randle with an 65% chance of going over and a 16% expected ROI. Awesemo has Randle’s assist total at 5.5, so there is a nice gap between the projection and book.


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Evan Fournier Under 15.5 Points (-110, FanDuel)

The Knicks got a little deeper at the guard spot with Walker’s return, and it should cut into Fournier’s points. There is also a lower game total with fewer points to go around for the team. Fournier has bombed a bunch of 3’s in recent games but might be too dependent on that to get to 16 points tonight. OddsShopper has a 62% chance of this bet staying under and a 19% expected ROI. The projection from Awesemo stands at 13.6 points but should be even lower with a total staying below 200 points.

Kemba Walker 3+ Made 3-Pointers (+130, FanDuel)

This is a lighter return than the typical Long Distance Launch, but that is on the sportsbooks. There is no true break going from two-plus to this number here, but there is too much risk bumping it up to four-plus makes. Walker was 4-for-8 from 3 in his return last game and should stand to see a bunch of looks tonight. While getting right back to four makes will be a challenge, bettors can attack some middle ground here with a more realistic number. Walker should have the same number of attempts, but cutting the expectations can maximize wins.

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