Brooklyn could quickly get the bad taste of its home and season opener out of its mouth. The Nets-Knicks betting odds favor Brooklyn in Friday night’s first meeting of the two teams this season.

Although both NBA teams come into the tilt at 0-1, the Nets had a better showing in their first contest of 2019-20.

That was partially due to a record-setting debut.

Why the Nets-Knicks betting odds favor Brooklyn

No player in NBA history has had a better debut with a team in terms of points scored than Nets guard Kyrie Irving.

Irving dropped 50 on the Minnesota Timberwolves in his first regular-season game in a Brooklyn uniform. Unfortunately for Irving’s team, it wasn’t enough to overcome earlier deficits. Minnesota escaped with a 127-126 overtime win.

New York suffered a similar fate in rookie RJ Barrett’s professional debut.

Barrett didn’t set any records, but he did score 21 points in his first NBA game. The San Antonio Spurs outscored the Knicks 37-27 in the final quarter to claim the 120-111 win, however.

While both stars had solid debuts for their teams, only one can lead his team to win No. 1 on Friday when the squads meet. Operators involved in New Jersey sports betting are more optimistic about Irving’s chances to do so.

Odds at NJ sportsbooks for Nets vs. Knicks

Several New Jersey sportsbooks have all the traditional bets plus alternate lines and team props available for Barrett’s first game against Irving.

The NBA spreads, moneylines, and point totals at three of the most popular books are pretty similar (as of 7 a.m. ET Oct. 25):

DraftKingsKnicks +8 (+100)
Nets -8 (-121)
Knicks +300
Nets -375
O 225.5 -108
U 225.5 -121
FanDuelKnicks +9 (-110)
Nets -9 (-110)
Knicks +320
Nets -410
O 225.5 -110
U 225.5 -110
William HillKnicks +9 (-110)
Nets -9 (-110)
Knicks +360
Nets -440
O 225.5 -110
U 225.5 -110

William Hill has an attractive +950 line on the Knicks winning the game by 1-3 points. FanDuel Sportsbook currently offers odds of +1000 that Barrett will score the game’s first point.

Other bets include half and quarter totals along with player statistics over/under lines. Given the history of this Nets vs. Knicks matchup, a lot of those bets are in play.

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History of Nets vs. Knicks in Brooklyn

Since the Nets relocated to the Barclays Center and rebranded prior to the 2012-13 season, these two teams have been evenly matched. Each team has won exactly half of the 28 regular-season games played by the two squads.

In Brooklyn home games, however, the Nets have had a slight advantage. Brooklyn has won eight of the 14 meetings on its home court, including both home games last season.

Irving will be the focus of attention on Friday, and for good reason following his Nets debut. History shows him to be a capable foe for the Knicks, although not to the degree he beguiled the Timberwolves on Wednesday.

In 23 career games against New York, Irving averages just under 24.5 points per game. While that’s slightly better than his conventional career scoring average of 22.2 points, it isn’t lethal in and of itself.

As both teams are playing only their second games of the season, it’s way too early to make any assessments on either squad based on statistics. A solid strategy for both teams, however, might simply be trying to play some defense.

San Antonio shot more than 50% from the field on Wednesday against the Knicks. Minnesota turned the ball over only 13 times on the same night in Brooklyn.

Whether the Knicks have the firepower to overcome another 50-point effort by Irving is questionable, as is whether Irving has that in him. Because of those storylines, the Nets are a slight favorite to get their first win Friday night.


Derek Helling is a freelance journalist who resides in Chicago. In addition to gaming news, he covers esports, sports business, and sports law. When he isn’t working, he spends his time serving his two Munchkin cat overlords.