Free NBA Pick: New York Knicks vs Los Angeles Lakers Lines
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(13-10) New York Knicks vs. Los Angeles Lakers (10-15)
Date: Sunday December 11th
Time: 9:30 PM EST
Venue: Staples Center – Los Angeles, California
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Sunday will see and East vs. West battle as the New York Knicks travel to Hollywood to take on the Los Angeles Lakers. Knicks vs. Lakers used to be one of biggest marquis matchups in the NBA, and it’s a little sad to see how things have changed.
Both teams are still relevant in their respective conferences, and this game could still be meaningful to the winner.
The Knicks faced a rough patch early in the season but have been on a roll as of late. New York has won five of their last six games including a 103-100 victory over the Kings in Sacramento on Friday.
They are currently in 5th place in the Eastern Conference.
The Lakers were a pleasant surprise to start 2016, and they looked much improved from the previous two years. However, they have been plagued with injuries and regressed significantly in the last couple of weeks.
L.A. has lost five straight coming into this one and hanging on to 9th place in the West.
New York Knicks
The Knicks have been on over the last few games and really seem to be in a good position. Over the last six games, their only loss came to the 1st place Cleveland Cavaliers.
New Knick point guard Derrick Rose has missed the last two games with a back injury but is expected to be good to go for this game.
New York is right in the middle of the pack offensively, ranking 15th in scoring offense with 104.2 points per game. They are 18th in field goal percentage (44.6%) and 13th in three-point percentage (35.5).
The defense has been outright bad at times. They rank 24th in scoring defense, allowing 106.9 points per game. New York is 15th in opponents field goal percentage at 44.6%.
Carmelo Anthony leads the Knicks in scoring with 22.8 points per game along with 6.0 rebounds. Kristaps Porzingis continues to improve and adds 19.7 points and 7.5 boards per contest. Derrick Rose is expected to return and add 16.7 points, 4.8 assists and 4.0 rebounds a night.
Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers had America excited through the first month of the season, but it seems as though the feel-good story may have come to a close. Injuries and lack of anything resembling defense has brought Los Angeles back to earth over the last two weeks.
They have dropped five games in a row and need a win to keep hopes of playoff contention alive.
Los Angeles scores 104.9 points per game which ranks them 11th in the NBA. They rank 17th in field goal percentage at 44.7% and 18th in three-point percentage at 34.3.
As bad as the Knicks have been on defense, the Lakers have been worse. They are dead last in the NBA in opponents’ field goal percentage at 48.0% and 27th in points allowed at 110.7.
Lou Williams has carried the Lakers as of late.
Although they continue to lose, Williams is averaging 34.3 points per game over the last four.
For the year, he averages 19.3 points per contest. Jordan Clarkson adds 14.6 points while Julius Randle contributes 13.0 points and 8.9 rebounds a night.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Knicks are 4-0 ATS in last 4 games against Western Conference
- Knicks are 5-0 ATS in last 5 games against team with losing record
- Lakers are 0-5 ATS in last 5 games
- Lakers are 0-4 ATS in last 4 games against team with winning record
Free New York Knicks vs. Los Angeles Lakers NBA Prediction:
These two teams have been trending in opposite directions in December.
The Lakers could be able to get back to a competitive point when they get Russel, Calderon and Young back from injury, but that will not happen by Sunday.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Knicks
The Knicks will only be better with the return of Derrick Rose and should get the win.
NBA Free Score Prediction: New York 115 – Los Angeles 107
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