Knicks vs. Pistons
There are a lot of unknowns heading into tonight's Knicks' game. Both Carmelo Anthony and Baron Davis are question marks, though it's doubtful either will play. It's also unknown which Knick team will show up.
While the Knicks were expected to be better, the Pistons are pretty much what most people expected-a bad team. Detroit is just 4-18 on the season.
The Pistons have had an even tougher time scoring than the Knicks. In fact, they've have the toughest time putting up points in the entire league. Detroit is last in the NBA averaging less than 86 points per game.
New York has lost its last three, failing to score in 90 in all of those games. This is one of the few times the Knicks' offensive struggles won't keep them from being competitive.
The Knicks have relied on the three ball in recent games. It seems to be the only offense they can create with their two stars playing so poorly. Fortunately for the Knicks, the Pistons are 27th in the league in opponents three point percentage.
The Knicks have excelled defensively against teams that don't take care of the ball. The Pistons are at the top of the league in turnovers. New York should be able to force Detroit into mistakes and turn those into points.
It shouldn't matter if Carmelo Anthony plays. The Knicks should not lose to the Pistons at home. Detroit is just 1-10 on the road. If the Knicks can't win this one, their problems are worse than I thought.
The Line: Knicks 88, Pistons 84
Rangers vs. Devils
All-Star Weekend is over and it's time to start playing games again. The Rangers hit the ice for the first time in a week as they visit the Devils.
New York enters this one well rested and healthy because of the week long rest. The same can't be said for New Jersey. Center Adam Henrique will miss the game with a groin injury and Travis Zajac will miss yet another game with a sore Achilles.
The Rangers come into this won winners of their last two and their offense is clicking. The Devils have lost their last 3. New York won the only game between these two this season 4-1.
The Devils biggest problem this year has been scoring goals. The Rangers are second in the NHL in goals allowed. This is a perfect matchup for the Rangers. They should start the second half of the season on the right foot.
The Line: Rangers 3, Devils 1