Brooklyn Nets favored over NY Knicks in ESPN game despite Kyrie Irving missing

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Posted: November 9, 2022, 2:32 a.m.

Last update: November 9, 2022, 2:32 a.m.

ESPN will air the New York Knicks vs. Brooklyn Nets game tonight at Barclays Center, where the latter – going through the controversy over Kyrie Irving’s anti-Semitism – is a 2.5-point favorite. And it’s strange, even in the realm of odds.

The Knicks are coming off one of their best performances of the season, posting a team-best 10 3-pointers in the first quarter and a franchise-best 48 in a win at Minnesota. The Nets are coming off a loss to Dallas in which a missed free throw late in the fourth quarter by Kevin Durant robbed them of a chance to tie the game, and Durant was unable to tie the game. go for a 2-point tie after Royce O’Neal grabbed the offensive rebound from Durant’s intentionally missed third free throw attempt.

Brooklyn is now 4-7 and trails with the Miami Heat as the biggest underperformer in the East, and tonight’s nationally televised game will mark Game 4 of Irving’s five-game suspension. for his stupidity on social networks. This includes a link to the movie Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black Americawhich contains anti-Semitic tropes.

What’s next for Kyrie and the Nets?

The Nets have set six conditions for Irving’s return, and this drama will continue to unfold for several reasons. Many believe that Irving will fail to meet any or all of the six conditions: A condemnation of the film; a meeting with Nets owner Joe Tsai; a meeting with Jewish leaders and members of the Anti-Defamation League; sensitivity training; antisemitic training; and a $500,000 donation to anti-hate causes.

Athleticism was the only news outlet to report anything substantial about Irving’s Election Day meeting with Commissioner Adam Silver, describing it as “productive and understanding”. No details were provided.

Silver’s media relations policy of less is more left anyone guessing exactly where this thing was headed next. The Boston Globe quoted Celtics guard Jaylen Brown as saying the NBA Players Association plans to appeal the suspension, and Irving has a history of non-compliance and non-compliance that has frustrated every franchise he has played for. .

His refusal to answer calls and text messages from Nets owner Joe Tsai appears to have infuriated the team owner.

Irving has been quiet on social media lately, but that could change at any time. Whether he plays again in Brooklyn or elsewhere in the NBA could be impacted by his next public move, and there’s a school of thought that the Nets have made the terms of his return so onerous because they want to keep him away from the team and try to move it into a trade.

Irving is in the final season of an expiring $36.9 million contract, and his toxicity may be too much for the Nets and many other teams, but not all 30 teams. The NBA is only weeks into the 2022-23 season, and there are plenty of struggling teams that could take a chance on Irving if the price was right (raise your hand, Rob Pelinka).

After hosting the Knicks tonight, the Nets begin a five-game trip to the West Coast with a back-to-back weekend against the Clippers and Lakers in Los Angeles, and Irving will be eligible to play against LeBron and the show. Lakers horror Sunday night if a compromise is reached. Saturday’s game against the Clippers will be Game 5 of his suspension.

What do you know of Kyrie Irving?

It should be noted that Irving is stubborn and self-righteous, and he had every right as an American to voice his opposition to New York City’s vaccination mandates, which have since been ruled unconstitutional. At a press conference in Brooklyn, he defended his support for the film and an anti-government conspiracy theory promoted by Infowars host Alex Jones, calling them “true”.

“The story is not supposed to be hidden from anyone,” Irving said. He added: “I’m not going to give up on anything I believe in. I’m only going to get stronger because I’m not alone. I have a whole army around me.

Irving had a contentious exchange with ESPN reporter Nick Friedell after the Nets decided to allow Irving to meet with the media. “Did I do something illegal? Did I hurt someone? Did I hurt someone? said Irving. “I’m not going to withdraw from anything I believe in.”

If you watch the whole video, you won’t see Irving giving ground.

How will this impact the game against the Knicks?

We may learn more about the status of the situation before the whistleblowing at 7:30 p.m. EST. But a cone of silence from the NBA, the NBA Players Association and the Nets appears designed to keep Irving’s situation out of the spotlight to help diffuse it. The Nets no longer have a head coaching job to fill, having decided to hand the job over to Jacque Vaughn until 2023-24.

New York media had hit out at Tsai and general manager Sean Marks for even considering hiring head coach Ime Udoka, who was suspended by the Boston Celtics after having an affair with an employee. married from the team and sent inappropriate text messages. This assault should end now unless Kyrie turns things around, which is always a possibility and comes with the territory of having her on your roster.

Amid all the turmoil, New York didn’t focus on the accomplishments of the Knicks, who picked up two of three wins as coach Tom Thibodeau changed his starting lineups and rotations multiple times.

Cam Reddish supplanted Evan Fournier as a starter, and Obi Toppin emerged as a strong bench contributor whose Sixth Man prize chances are one to watch. He’s +8000 at Caesar Sportsbook, which lists Russell Westbrook of the 2-8 Lakers as the +150 favorite, followed by Golden State’s Jordan Poole at +275. But Westbrook has been the subject of frantic trading and buyout speculation, and Poole is coming off a 2-point miss in a Monday win over Sacramento. It was a game in which the referees erred by not whistling a foul on Klay Thompson, while Kevin Huerter tried to tie the game on the last shot.

The Sixth Man and Most Improved Player offer smart betting opportunities at high odds in the first half of the season, and this year in particular, they are worth watching. That’s because Orlando’s Paolo Banchero is running away with the Rookie of the Year award (he’s -950 at Caesars and -700 at FanDuel), and Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo appears to be rated with accuracy as the favorite +240 MVP. That’s mostly because the Philadelphia 76ers and Joel Embiid (+2,000 for MVP) are off to a slow start and every team in the West is underperforming the first-place Utah Jazz (9-3).

In case you were wondering, the odds of an NBA Finals clash between the Cleveland Cavaliers (8-2) and Donovan Mitchell against the team that traded Mitchell are currently on the board in New York only at the Caesars. . Cleveland needing to beat Utah is +30000, and Utah needing to beat Cleveland is +50000.

What odds are attractive in the Nets against the Knicks?

DraftKings has an offer to automatically make anyone who takes the Knicks on the moneyline a winner (maximum bet is $100) if New York takes a 10-point lead at any time during the game. They don’t even need to win, just lead by 10 at some point.

Durant is at +1,500 to record a triple-double, and he finished with a rebound three games ago in Washington. Last season, he had 32 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds in the season finale against the Knicks, and he scored 53 against New York the teams last played in Brooklyn.

RJ Barrett is +1100 and Royce O’Neale is +1700 at Draft Kings to double up, and while neither has done so this season, both are getting more use in recent games. New York is 5-5-0 ATS and Brooklyn is 4-7-0, while the Knicks are over half of their 10 games and the Nets are over four of seven games.

Julius Randle, coming off his best game of the season, is +7000 at FanDuel for a triple-double (he had one last season and six the season before), and Jalen Brunson is +5000 at FanDuel for a triple -doubles as he takes on overmatched starter Edward Sumner.

The best bet of all is that Knicks fans will outnumber Nets fans, even if the game is in Brooklyn. This happens every time these teams play in Kings County. And, yes, you should expect Irving to become something of a conversation starter.

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