The New York Knicks play host to the Denver Nuggets at Madison Square Garden on Thursday evening. The Knicks (4-17) have dropped their last four home games and are 3-8 at home. They are 2-8 in their last 10 games and sit last place in the East. They are averaging a league-low 100.9 points per game, while shooting a league-worst 42.2 percent from the field. However, they are averaging a league-best 12.3 offensive rebounds per game. Marcus Morris Sr. leads the Knicks in scoring with a team-high 18.7 points per game. Julius Randle is averaging 17.3 points per game and a team-high 8.7 rebounds per game. R.J. Barrett is averaging 14.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.3 steals, in 32 minutes per game. Meanwhile, this marks the first game of a four-game road trip for Nuggets (13-5), who are 5-2 on the road. They have dropped two in a row but have won seven of their last 10 games and sit third place in the West. The Nuggets are averaging 106.1 points per game, which is seventh fewest in the league, but they are holding their opponents to a league-low 101.9 points per game. They are averaging 25.9 assists per game, which is sixth most in the league, and they are limiting themselves to 13.3 turnovers per game, which is fourth fewest in the league. Jamal Murray is averaging a team-high 18.7 points per game. Nikola Jokic averages 15.4 points and team highs with 10.1 rebounds and 6.1 assists per game. Will Barton is averaging 14.8 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.0 steals per game.
December 5, 2019