Last Updated Mar 12, 2023, 8:53 PM
New York Knicks vs. Los Angeles Lakers Picks, Predictions, Odds
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Regular season NBA action resumes on Sunday night with a compelling non-conference showdown between the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers. Coverage begins from Crypto.com Arena in L. A. at 9:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.
NEW YORK KNICKS vs. LOS ANGELES LAKERS BETTING PREDICTION
The Lakers currently rank 8th in scoring and 2nd in pace (117 PPG, 101.8 PACE), which primarily stems from the run-and-gun style of play that they utilized with LeBron James and Russell Westrbook in the lineup, however, in the aftermath of their trade deadline moves and an injury to King James, this is now a very different L. A.’ squad than the team we’ve seen for most of the year.
With LeBron and Westbrook on the floor, and Anthony Davis hurt early in the season, it only made sense for the Lakers to ramp up the pace and try leaning into their strong suit, but now that the tables have been turned, we’re seeing those numbers drop quickly.
The Lakers boast a solid record of 5-2 in their last seven games, however, their recent success certainly doesn’t stem from a dramatic increase in production at the offensive end, highlighted by L. A. ranking 21st in offensive rating and 18th in scoring during that span (110.6 ORtg, 113 PPG).
While on the other hand, New York was one of the hottest teams in the league heading into the month of March, highlighted by the Knicks posting wins in nine straight games prior to their latest three-game losing streak.
The pride and joy of the Knicks’ recent success has been their offense, though, and they’ve struggled to gain traction in that department as of late, considering they managed to clear the 120-point scoring mark seven times during their nine-game win streak, and now, they’ve fallen short of that mark in three straight contests.
At the moment, the Lakers are in a position that requires them to slow things down and lean on Davis in a halfcourt set, and quite frankly, there’s a good chance that the Knicks allow them to do so playing on the second half of a back-to-back with a laundry list of health issues heading into this one.
So, I’ll take the under in Sunday’s matchup between a Lakers’ squad that’s averaged just 112 PPG in their last four contests, and a Knicks’ squad that’s tallied just 106 PPG across their last three.
Score Prediction: Knicks 114, Lakers 106
Best Bet: Under 225 (-110)
NEW YORK KNICKS vs. LOS ANGELES LAKERS BETTING ODDS
NEW YORK KNICKS vs. LOS ANGELES LAKERS BETTING RESOURCES
Date: Sunday, March 12, 2023
Venue: Crypto.com Arena
Location: Los Angeles, California
TV-Time: ESPN, 9:00 p.m. ET
NEW YORK KNICKS vs. LOS ANGELES LAKERS BETTING STATS
New York Knicks
Los Angeles Lakers
Straight Up (SU), Against the Spread (ATS), Over-Under (O/U)
Points Per Game (PPG), Opponents Points Per Game (OPPG)
NEW YORK KNICKS vs. LOS ANGELES LAKERS BETTING TRENDS
- The Knicks are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games.
- The Knicks are 9-3 SU in their last 12 games.
- The Knicks are 6-3 ATS in their last 9 games against the Lakers.
- The Lakers are 4-1 ATS in their last five games.
- The total has gone UNDER in seven of the Lakers' last nine games.
- The Lakers are 4-1 SU in their last five games.
- The total has gone OVER in nine of the Lakers' last 13 games against New York.
- The total has gone UNDER in six of the Lakers' last seven home games.
- The Knicks are 2-5 SU in their last seven games against the Lakers.
- The total has gone UNDER in four of New York's last six road games.