NBA Free Picks: New Orleans Pelicans @ New York Knicks

NBA Free Picks: New Orleans Pelicans @ New York Knicks

We head to Madison Square Garden for the Friday night match, as the fourteenth seed in the East and West go head-to-head.

The New York Knicks will host the Pelicans, looking to snap a four-game losing streak. The Pelicans have won three in their last five games, including a win over the Bulls on Wednesday.

Will the Knicks get the win tonight?


New Orleans Pelicans (1.46) vs New York Knicks (2.80)

The departure of head coach David Fizdale, after just 22 games, has given the Knicks a short-term boost from having the interim head coach in charge.

They’ll also be happy to know hear the confirmation that Zion Williamson will not make a return to the first team in New York.

The Knicks have been less than impressive this season, going 10-28 outright for the season. They’re recent form sums things up, only winning two in their last 10 games and are 6-14 in their last 20 games.

The Pelicans go 7-3 in their last 10 games and are playing with confidence. They are led by forward Brandon Ingram, who is scoring 25.3 points per game. Expect them to put up a high-score against the Knicks tonight.

Take New Orleans to win.

New Orleans Pelicans To beat New York Knicks


Parlay Pick: New Orleans Pelicans to win & over 225 total (3.40)

The NBA betting odds favour a Pelicans win, but the over/under lines are especially good. We can see the Pelicans controlling the game and overrunning the Knicks defense.

As well as Ingram, veteran guard Jrue Holiday is scoring 19.6 points per game and assisting an average of 6.5 per game. JJ Redick is playing his part too, putting the highest shooting percentage in the team with 46.4% from beyond the arc.

On offense for the Knicks, they have Marcus Morris, who is scoring 19.1 points per game. He’s been excellent in the field, hitting 46.9% from beyond the arc.

R.J. Barrett is having a solid start to his career, even though the performance of the Knicks in the league doesn’t reflect it. He’s managing 13.8 points per game and grabbing 5.1 rebounds per game.

Expect the Pelicans to win & over 225 total.

New Orleans Pelicans To win & over 225 total


New Orleans Pelicans to be first to 20 points (2.25)

The New Orleans Pelicans are starting to play well and at the perfect time, with Zion Williamson due to return in the not so distant future. We gave them our NBA free pick of the week on merit, as they’re performances have been excellent over the Christmas period.

The Knicks have been outscored in almost every quarter in their recent matchups, except for the fourth against the Jazz. It’s a damning report for a team going against an in-form Pelicans team.

If the Pelicans come out firing and utilise their offense as they have been, then this will be a one-sided affair. Expect New Orleans to take control of the game early tonight.

The Pelicans recent form has pushed them up the NBA power rankings and away from their counterparts, the Knicks. Another win here and they’ll be moving out of the bottom half of the table.

Take the Pelicans to be the first to 20 points.

New Orleans Pelicans To be first to 20 points