The New Orleans Pelicans will try to end a five-game losing streak on the road when they take on the New York Knicks on Thursday at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The Pelicans (16-28) have not won away from New Orleans since Dec. 23, losing all five road contests by an average of 11.8 points a game. Meanwhile the Knicks (22-23) are trying to end a two-game skid.
Tip-off is 7:30 p.m. ET. Caesars Sportsbook lists New York as a four-point favorite in the latest Knicks vs. Pelicans odds while the Over/Under, or total number of points Caesars thinks will be scored, is 209. (Check out the odds of every game on SportsLine's NBA odds page.)
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The model knows that New York has played much better defense over the last month. Since Dec. 16, Tom Thibodeau's club is giving up just 107.2 points per 100 possessions, which ranks seventh in the NBA. Prior to that, the Knicks had given up 110.6 points every 100 possessions, which was 23rd in the league.
The model also knows that New Orleans' Brandon Ingram continues to play at an All-Star level. Over his last 20 games, he is averaging 23.9 points a game on 46.5 percent shooting from the field. He also is contributing 5.9 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game over that stretch.
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