Knicks, Nets Look to Change Trend of Slow Starts

Knicks, Nets Look to Change Trend of Slow Starts
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With the way both New York MLB teams ended their seasons and with the current play of both New York NFL teams, it is imperative for sanity's sake both New York NBA teams get off to good starts when the regular season starts later this month.

While the first month of the NBA season may be short, it is an important few games to get off to a hot start. utilized to find the records of every NBA team in October since 2017-2018 to aid in your early-season New York sports betting. No games were played in October during the 2020-21 NBA season.

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NBA Team Records in October Since 2017-18

RankTeamRecordWin Pct.
1 Milwaukee Bucks 22-9.710
T-2 Toronto Raptors 23-10.697
T-2 Utah Jazz 23-10.697
4 Golden State Warriors 22-12.647
5 Portland Trail Blazers 20-11.645
T-6 Boston Celtics 19-11.633
T-6 San Antonio Spurs 19-11.633
8 Denver Nuggets 20-12.625
9 Minnesota Timberwolves 18-13.581
10 Philadelphia 76ers 19-14.576
11 Memphis Grizzlies 17-13.567
12 Charlotte Hornets 18-16.529
T-13 Los Angeles Clippers 16-15.516
T-13 Miami Heat 16-15.516
15 Phoenix Suns 14-16.467
T-16 Cleveland Cavaliers 14-17.452
T-16 New York Knicks 14-17.452
18 Los Angeles Lakers 14-18.438
19 Washington Wizards 13-17.433
T-20 Detroit Pistons 14-20.412
T-20 Indiana Pacers 14-20.412
T-22 Dallas Mavericks 13-19.406
T-22 New Orleans Pelicans 13-19.406
24 Chicago Bulls 12-19.387
25 Brooklyn Nets 13-21.382
26 Atlanta Hawks 12-20.375
27 Oklahoma City Thunder 11-19.367
T-28 Houston Rockets 11-21.344
T-28 Orlando Magic 11-21.344
T-28 Sacramento Kings 11-21.344

Historically, slow starts have been posted by both the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets. The Knicks are tied for 16th with Cleveland, both posting 14-17 records (.452). The Nets are even worse at No. 25 with a record of 13-21 (.382). For contrast, Milwaukee tops the list with a 22-9 record (.710), while Toronto and Utah tied for second with the most wins at 23-10 (.697).

NY sports betting apps list Boston and Milwaukee with the best NBA championship odds at +400. The Knicks are +5000, while the Nets are +10000.

Three of First Four on Road for Knicks

New York will open its season against hated Atlantic Division rival, the Boston Celtics at 7 p.m., Oct. 25 (ESPN) and two days later will begin a three-game road trip at Atlanta at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 27. A visit to New Orleans follows the next night at 7 p.m. and ends with a trip to Cleveland on Halloween Night at 7:30 p.m.

Boston holds a 3-1 record against New York in October since the 2017-18 season. New York has won their only October meeting against the Hawks on Oct. 17, 2018 (126-107 at home) and hold the same record over the Pelicans after a 123-117 road win on Oct. 30, 2021. The Cavs are 1-1 against the Knicks after a 121-108 home win on Oct. 30, 2022.

BetMGM New York lists the Knicks as a 1.5-point home underdog in the opener against Boston with a moneyline of +105.

Nets Hit the Road Early

Brooklyn opens its 2023-24 campaign at home versus the Cavaliers at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 25. A four-game road trip is up next, starting with a visit to Dallas at 8:30 p.m., Oct. 27 and Charlotte at 7 p.m., Oct. 30.

The Nets hold a 2-0 October record against the Cavs since the 2017-18 season. Brooklyn and Dallas have never met in October, and the Hornets are 1-0 against the Nets, having won a 11-95 road matchup on Oct. 24, 2021.

BetRivers NY has the Nets as a 1-point home underdog in the season opener against Cleveland with a moneyline of -105.

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Lou Monaco

Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media ( in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

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