After the team’s seventh-straight losing season, the New York Knicks retooled once again. But fans of the NBA’s richest franchise didn’t have to wait too long to see how this latest Knicks team looks on the court.
No matter how the final 2020-21 Knicks roster shakes out, they play a condensed 72-game schedule starting Dec. 23, 2020 and ending in early summer. That means Knicks fans can bet on Knicks spreads, moneylines, totals or futures for a good six months.
Check below for all the information you need to bet on the Knicks and the entire NBA this season, including the latest Knicks betting lines available at online sportsbooks in New Jersey, Knicks stats and leaders from previous years and a guide to betting lines for rookies.
See below for the best point spread, moneyline and totals odds posted at the top NJ online sportsbooks for every Knicks game. Click on any odds to go directly to the sportsbook, claim your bonus or free bets and get your bet locked in at those odds.
Longshot? Sure. See the best Knicks betting odds to win their Division, Conference, and the NBA Finals at the top NJ sportsbook apps below. Click on any odds to go directly to the sportsbook and lock you bet in at the listed odds. You’ll need to register a new account first.
The Knicks made RJ Barrett the third overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft and hope he can blossom into an MVP candidate. He averaged 14.3 points, five rebounds, and 2.6 assists per game in his rookie season. He’ll likely need to double those numbers to become a part of the NBA MVP conversation. See the latest futures odds on Barrett below:
Betting on the Knicks at NJ online sportsbooks is easy. Sign up for an account with any NJ online sportsbook, make a deposit, and you can bet on or against the Knicks all you like as long as you’re inside New Jersey state lines
You can sign up for an account directly on any NJ online sportsbook website. Or, you can download the book’s mobile sports betting app and sign up via the app. All it takes is a bit of personal information including your name, number, email, and the last four digits of your Social Security number. If there’s a space for you to enter a promo or bonus code, enter it there to make sure you get the best new player bonus available.
After that, you can make a deposit using any one of the available deposit methods. These will include everything from third-party payment processors to online banking services, debit and credit cards, and cash at Atlantic City casinos, retail sportsbooks in NJ, and even 7-11 and CVS locations.
Finally, you can feel free to browse through the Knicks betting markets and click on any bet. The NJ online sportsbook you’re using will instantly create a bet slip where you can enter the amount of your bet and confirm it, or add more bets, turn your bets into a parlay, enter the amount you want to bet on each and confirm it all.
Whether the Knicks will be competitive in any given game is anybody’s guess. That’s one reason why the live Knicks betting might be more crucial to Knicks bettors than almost anything else.
NJ online sportsbooks offer live betting on every NBA game. That allows you to bet on or against the Knicks at live odds that change with the action on the court. It also allows for quarter, half, and even more in-game props betting at odds that are adjusted with just about every basket.
You can use the live betting markets to hedge pregame bets, but perhaps more importantly, you can’t wait to see what Knicks team shows up before you bet on or against them.
The speed at which live betting happens makes it perfectly suited for betting with mobile apps, where you can get down bets fast before the odds change again. Yet another reason why live Knicks betting with your favorite NJ online and mobile sportsbook app might be a Knicks fan’s best bet.
There are plenty of different ways to get from New York to New Jersey to bet on the Knicks with any NJ online sportsbook.
You don’t have to live in New Jersey and you can sign up, make deposits, and look through the betting markets from New York. However, when it comes time to place a bet, you must get to New Jersey first.
You can sweat your bets back in N.Y., or stick around N.J. to watch the Knicks play on TV and bet on the game’s live odds. Either way, all bets must be placed while you’re inside N.J. Sportsbooks use unbeatable geolocation tech to ensure compliance with this law.
You can do just about anything else you’d ever want to with your account from inside either state, but there’s no betting outside N.J. Thank goodness there are plenty of different ways to get from N.Y. to N.J., and once you’re inside state lines, using NJ online and mobile sportsbooks couldn’t be easier.
The first half of the 72-game regular-season schedule was released when training camp started in December. The season tipped off on Dec. 22, 2020, and the second half of the schedule will be released part of the way through the first half.
The NBA has confirmed the Knicks’s 72 games will include three games against every other team in the Eastern Conference and two games against every Western Conference team.
The All-Star break is planned for March 5-10, 2021. The regular season will wrap up in early May and the plan is to host a playoff Play-In Tournament on May 18-21, 2021.
The Play-In Tournament will feature the No. 7 to No. 10 teams in each conference fighting for the final two playoff spots. Based on the Knicks going seven straight years without making the playoffs, even getting in the Play-In Tournament would make the 2020-21 season a successful one for New York.
Yet another terrible season ended in New York when the league suspended play in March 2020 due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Sporting an awful 21–45 record, with no chance of making the playoffs, the Knicks were not one of the 22-teams invited to finish up the 2019-20 NBA season in the bubble.
Instead, they had an extended offseason and plenty of time to plan for the 2020 draft and free agency.
The Knicks hired Tom Thibodeau as head coach. They drafted Obi Toppin 8th overall in the draft. Then, they picked up the draft rights to Mathias Lessort, Immanuel Quickley, and Ante Tomić in a series of trades.
As the free agency period began, the Knicks signed guards Austin Rivers, Alec Burks, and Elfrid Payton. They missed out on most big-name free agents, but as usual, trade rumors are surrounding the Knicks, and some big-name players reportedly on the trading block.
The 2019–20 season was RJ Barrett’s first in the NBA after the Knicks picked him third overall in the 2019 NBA Draft. Barrett averaged a serviceable but unimpressive 14.3 points, five rebounds, and 2.6 assists per game. The Knicks are still hoping he can build off those numbers and grow into a franchise player very soon.
The Knicks aren’t going to be favorites going into many games in the 2020-21 season. That means a lot of the Knick game lines at NJ online sportsbooks will look something like this:
Here’s a quick guide to reading these Knick lines:
You’re bound to hear talk about Vegas odds and lines on Knicks games quite a bit. That’s because Vegas had odds and lines on Knicks games long before anyone else did. That said, Knicks game odds still open up the same at most Vegas sportsbooks as they at NJ online sportsbooks. Although, they may not end up the same by game time. Sportsbooks move lines when there’s more betting on one side or the other.
Because the Knicks are a local team, it’s a good bet more money is bet on Knicks games at NJ online and mobile sportsbooks than Las Vegas sportsbooks. That means there’s a bigger chance NJ online and mobile sportsbooks will make more money on one side than the other and be forced to move the line.
Here’s a look at the New York Knicks stats leaders over the past five seasons:
|2019-20||Julius Randle 19.5||Julius Randle 9.7||Elfrid Payton 7.2|
|2018-19||Tim Hardaway 19.1||DeAndre Jordan 11.4||Dennis Smith 5.4|
|2017-18||Tim Hardaway 17.5||Enes Kanter 11||Jarrett Jack 5.6|
|2016-17||Carmelo Anthony 22.4||Joakim Noah 8.8||Brandon Jennings 4.9|
|2015-16||Carmelo Anthony 21.8||Carmelo Anthony 7.7||Carmelo Anthony 4.2|
Here’s a look at the lottery picks the New York Knicks have had since 2015, all in the top ten of the NBA Draft:
Here’s a look at the New York Knicks 2020-21 coaching staff:
Here’s a look at the New York Knicks head coaches over the past decade:
|Mike Miller||Interim, 2019–2020||17-27|
Knicks game air on the MSG Network with the following TV broadcast team at the helm:
Knicks games are also on the radio at WEPN-FM with Ed Cohen doing play-by-play and Brendan Brown doing color commentary.
There’s a pub, a sports bar, and a bar and restaurant owned by a former Knicks great on this list of the top places to watch a Knicks game just outside of MSG:
The New York Knicks were established in 1946 and were a founding member of the Basketball Association of America, which became the NBA in 1949. The Knicks made three straight NBA Finals starting in 1950 but lost them all.
Coach Red Holzman helped the team win the NBA Championship in 1970 and 1973, as did stars Willis Reed and Earl “The Pearl” Monroe. The Knicks drafted center Patrick Ewing in 1985 and were highly competitive for the next decade-plus. They made the 1993–94 NBA Finals, the year Michal Jordan went to play baseball, but lost to the Houston Rockets.
The Knicks also went to the 1998-99 NBA Finals but lost to the San Antonio Spurs. They went as far as the Eastern Conference Finals the next season. Ewing left after the 1999–2000 season, beginning almost two decades of futility for the franchise.
The lone bright spot was a Conference Semifinals loss in the 2012-13 season behind superstar Carmello Anthony. Other than that, the Knicks have only made the playoffs four other times in the new millennium, all of which ended with first-round losses.
James L. Dolan has essentially owned the New York Knicks for the past 20 years.
In 1977, Gulf and Western Industries bought Madison Square Garden Company and its holdings, which included the Knicks. A decade later Gulf and Western became Paramount Communications. Viacom bought Paramount in 1994 and sold the MSG/Knicks side of things to Cablevision and ITT Corporation.
Charles Dolan, James’ father, was Cablevision’s founder. James was named CEO in 1995. Cablevision bought out ITT Corporation in 1997 giving the Dolans full ownership of the Knicks. Two years later, Dolan was named MSG chairman and the Knicks’s new boss. They made the NBA Finals in his first year and have been terrible ever since.
It’s probably because he’s more of a cable guy than a basketball guy, but it could be that he was born into money rather than someone who had to work for it.
Either way, Dolan has looked bad in interactions with unhappy fans and former Knick greats (see: Charles Oakley), signed declining players to big-money contracts, and forced out several decent management personnel in favor of poor ones, leading many fans to determine he “sucks” as an owner.
Knicks tickets cost as little as $22. However, the average ticket price is $82 and courtside seats at MSG might cost anywhere from $2,650 to $5,600.
Most celebrities don’t pay for the courtside seats at MSG. Instead, they appear on the broadcast or scoreboard at some point, helping promote the Knicks and the game.
The Knicks have retired nine jersey numbers, including:
#10 Walt Frazier
#12 Dick Barnett
#15 Earl Monroe
#15 Dick McGuire
#19 Willis Reed
#22 Dave Debusschere
#24 Bill Bradley
#33 Patrick Ewing
#613 Red Holzman (wins)
Forbes estimates the Knicks are worth approximately $4.6 billion. That makes them #1 in the NBA, worth just a little more than the #2 LA Lakers at $4.4 billion.
The New York Knicks official Twitter account is @nyknicks. The account’s hashtag motto is #NewYorkForever. The Knicks joined Twitter in February 2009 and have 2.1 million followers.
The Knicks’ 2020-21 City Edition jersey leaked online in October 2020. The jersey is black with traditional Knicks orange and blue colors weaved on it. The logo looks like a subway token with the text “City Never Sleeps” on it.
You can buy it online at store.nba.com/
Here’s a look at three must-read Knicks blogs on the net:
Daily Knicks: New York Knicks fan site with news and rumors, opinion, and more at dailyknicks.com.
Posting and Toasting: A Knicks community blog and source for news, rumors, and analysis from the fan perspective at postingandtoasting.com.
KnickerBlogger: Weekly humorous Knicks blog with news and updates at knickerblogger.net