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2021 NBA Handicapping
(8-9) Los Angeles Clippers vs. New York Knicks (13-4)
Date: Sunday, January 31
Time: 5:00 PM EST
Venue: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY.
NBA Moneyline Odds: Clippers -335
NBA Betting Odds: Clippers -8
NBA Betting Total: O/U 212.5
It’s an early evening tip-off from Madison Square Garden on Sunday with the Clippers in town.
The early start will give the Knicks a chance to leave immediately after the game and arrive in Chicago, where they play the next night.
Three games into an East Coast swing, the Clippers have three more to go but will stay in New York City after this one because they have a hyped-up showdown with the Nets coming on Tuesday.
Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers triumphed over the Magic on Friday night, 116–90. They have won nine out of their last ten games ahead of this one in New York City.
Kawhi Leonard and Paul George returned to the lineup after each missing the previous two games due to health and safety protocol.
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They combined for 50 points on just 34 field goal attempts. George turned it over four times but Leonard balanced that out with none himself.
Three other Clippers were in double-figures, including Brazzaville’s own Serge Ibaka. Now in his twelfth year in the league, Ibaka, out of the Congo, remains as consistent as ever.
His .516 field goal is right at his career average, as is his 12.3 scoring average. He’s still rebounding seven per game, too.
New York Knicks
The Knicks notched an impressive win over Cleveland on Friday night as well, 102–81, at Madison Square Garden.
Cleveland’s 81 points became a new season-low for the surprising Cavaliers. Andre Drummond was held to just four points after going off in the first meeting between the two teams.
The rookie Immanuel Quickley led all scorers with 25 points. He’s scored in double-figures in six out of his last nine games.
Friday’s performance was an ideal way to bounce back from a 1-for-11 game against Utah in the one prior for the youngster.
RJ Barrett’s numbers look better in his second season with increase in points per game from 14.3 up to 17.8 and a field goal up two-hundredths of a point to .421.
But his three-point shooting has been atrocious, even worse than his subpar start as a rookie. He’s down around .288 and he’s attempting more threes this year (4.0) than last.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Clippers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games as a favorite.
- Clippers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
- Clippers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win.
- Over is 4-0 in Clippers last 4 vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
- Under is 4-1 in Clippers last 5 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
Free Los Angeles Clippers vs. New York Knicks NBA Prediction: LAC.
Ride the hot hand with the Clippers, who should not be too bothered by the Knicks high-energy defense. This is where an isolation offense will fare all right.
Meanwhile, the Knicks may really struggle to score with Leonard and George bottling up RJ Barrett.
Quickley, however, may catch a break if Pat Beverley misses his fourth consecutive game with a balky knee. If Beverley goes, I don’t see where the Knicks stand a good chance to get some scoring.
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