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NBA Preview: Knicks vs. Lakers (Dec. 16)

NBA Knicks @ Lakers

The Mike D’Antoni coached New York Knicks continue their west coast swing when they travel up from Phoenix to Los Angeles to take on the Lakers. The Lakers were one of the best teams in the NBA against the spread going 6 and 1 in their first eight games but since then they’ve been somewhat of a disappointment for sports betting fans. Their record against the spread at this point is 11 and 12 even though their overall straight-up record is 20 and 3. L.A. is still the team to beat in the Western Conference. It’s just that they’ve proven to be a shlub against the BetUS online betting spread – – at least for now.

The New York Knicks are a much better team this season than they were last season. The main reason is that D’Antoni doesn’t bring any drama to the job like Isiah Thomas did. D’Antoni’s just a coach. He’s a good one at that. Even though the Knicks are just below the .500 mark at 11 and 13, they’re winners against the BetUS online betting spread going 14 and 10 this season. On the road the Knicks are 7 and 6 against the NBA basketball betting spread.

Here are the BetUS online sportsbook betting odds for this game.

New York Knicks + 13 – 110 + 800 O 224 ½
Los Angeles Lakers – 13 – 110 – 1400 U 224 ½

Here are a few online wagering trends that might help us find a good online bet in this game.

The New York Knicks are 6 and 0 against the spread in their last 6 games overall.
The Under is 7 and 1 in the New York Knicks last 8 games overall.
The Los Angeles Lakers are 0 and 6 against the spread in their last 6 games overall.
The Over is 9 and 3 in the Los Angeles Lakers last 12 games overall.

The Knicks have a chance to at least stay close to the Lakers in this game because the Lakers just aren’t dominating teams like they did earlier this season.

Kobe isn’t dominating the way he usually does and the rest of the Lakers team hasn’t been playing at the same level that they usually do.

I’m hesitant to make an online bet on the BetUS Total because I can see this game getting out of hand and it going over, or I can see this game staying under the 224 ½.

Instead, I’m gong to stick to the trends in this one and say that D’Antoni’s team keeps it within 13 points. The Knicks probably won’t win this but an 8 to 10 point loss looks likely.

Knicks vs. Lakers Prediction:

I’ll make an online bet on the New York Knicks to beat the BetUS online wagering spread of 13 points in this game.

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