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2021 NBA Handicapping
(37-30) New York Knicks vs. LA Clippers (45-22)
Date: Sunday, May 9th
Time: 3:30 PM EST
Venue: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Clippers -7.5
NBA Betting Total: 216
Sunday, May 9th finds the New York Knicks meeting the LA Clippers for the second and final time this season. The Clippers won the initial match on January 31st (129-115).
The Clippers are destined to begin the playoffs with a home-court seed while the Knicks are currently seeded fourth and battling to hold off the Hawks.
The Knicks hold the all-time record having won 70 matches of the 132 played. Last season, the teams played a single time due to the pandemic and the Knicks not attending the Orlando bubble. The Clippers won that lone match.
New York Knicks
The closing schedule for the Knicks hasn’t been kind, serving up a six-game Western road trip. New York took the opening games against the lottery-bound Rockets and inconsistent Grizzlies but lost to the Nuggets and Suns and now faces a weekend with the LA clubs at Staples Center.
The loss to the Suns highlighted an earlier issue the Knicks suffered from which was to put points on the board while also delivering their trademark defense.
In the match versus Phoenix, Julius Randle offered a double-double of 24 points and 11 rebounds. RJ Barrett registered 23 points and eight rebounds while Derrick Rose and Taj Gibson chipped in 17 and 11 as the only other double-figure scorers.
In the first meeting with the Clippers, it was more of the same as Julius Randle delivered a double-double of 27 points and 12 rebounds while Barrett scored 23 and Immanuel Quickly broke out for 25 points.
Quickly (left ankle sprain) and Alec Burks (left knee contusion) are listed as doubtful for Sunday while Mitchell Robinson is out.
Just as the Clippers seemed to be building momentum to carry through to the postseason winning 17 of 20 games they stumbled and lost three games in a row. Albeit, those losses occurred against a desperate Pelicans crew and two other hot teams (Suns, Nuggets).
Although it appears they are back on track it would be unfair to suggest everything is fine. Missing four core contributors the Raptors forced them to win in clutch time.
Similarly, beating their Staples counterparts isn’t as big of a deal when LeBron James and Dennis Schroder are out and Anthony Davis left nine minutes into the match.
It’s not to say this Clippers team isn’t dangerous — they are, but the issue is when the offense stalls. Theoretically, this should be an easy win for the Clippers but they can’t afford to get bogged down and stop moving the ball.
In the initial meeting between the clubs Kawhi Leonard led the way scoring 28 points while all five starts (plus Marcus Morris off the bench) scored in double-figures.
Amir Coffey (health and safety protocols) is listed as day-to-day. Serge Ibaka (back) remains out having last played March 14th.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Clippers are 9-1 in the last 10 head-to-head meetings.
- The Clippers are 6-4 ATS in the last 10 meetings between these clubs
- The over/under is 7-3 in the last 10 contests between the clubs
- The Knicks are 15-3 ATS in their last 18 games.
- The total has gone OVER in 10 of New York’s last 13 games.
Fre New York Knicks vs. LA Clippers NBA Prediction:
Another match with seeding implications plus should offer a playoff level intensity, particularly from the Knicks on the defensive end of the hardwood as they try to end their mini losing streak.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Knicks +7.5
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