The New York Knicks (14-10) travel to face off against the Los Angeles Clippers (14-10) on Saturday, December 16th. This game will be played at Crypto.com Arena. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Tip-off is set for 10:30 ET.
Knicks vs Clippers
The Knicks Are Coming Off A Win
Most recently, the Knicks bested the Suns with a score of 139-122. Prior to the game, the Knicks were the underdog at +5, earning both a straight-up and ATS victory. The over/under line for this matchup was set at 230.5 points, and the teams managed to exceed that total.
As they get ready to take on the Clippers, the Knicks have a record of 14-10, which has them above .500. In the Eastern Conference, they are ranked 5th and are 3rd in the Atlantic division.
New York arrives with an ATS record of 14-10 for the season up to this point. On the road, the Knicks have an ATS record of 8-6, as opposed to a 6-4 record against the spread when playing at home.
The Clippers Are Coming Off A Win
James Harden scored 28 for Los Angeles against the Warriors which was the most on the team. His field goal percentage for the game was 50.6%. Kawhi Leonard also contributed 27 points as the Clippers won by a score of 121-113 vs. the Warriors.
With a current overall record of 14-10, the Clippers are coming into today’s game looking to extend their six game winning streak. In the Western Conference, the Clippers are currently 7th and are 2nd in the Pacific division.
The Clippers are riding a two game ATS win streak and currently possess an overall ATS record of 11-13. The Clippers currently have a two game ATS win streak as the favorite and are 1-4 vs. the spread as underdogs.
Knicks Offense Breakdown
This season, the New York offense is ranked 16th in the NBA in scoring at 114.2 points per game. So far, the Knicks are averaging 95.9 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. Right now, the Knicks offense is in search of answers, as not only do they tend to play at a slow pace, but they are just 20th in effective field goal percentage.
Clippers Offense Breakdown
This season, the Los Angeles offense is ranked 15th in the NBA in scoring at 114.4 points per game. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Clippers are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 97.8 per contest. Even though the Clippers are one of the more efficient 3-point shooting teams in the NBA at 37%, their slower-style of play may be holding back the team’s offense from fully taking off.
Knicks Team Defense
So far, the Knicks’ defense is ranked 6th in the league at 110.5 points per contest.
In the terms of takeaways, Knicks are causing 12.2 turnovers per game, ranking 5th in the league. They also enter the matchup ranked 30th in rejections, averaging 3.1 blocked shots each game.
Clippers Team Defense
This season, the Clippers defense has been impressive, holding the 4th position in the league while permitting an average of 109.5 points per contest.
Inside the arc, the Clippers defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 51.9% and 34.8% from three-point territory.
Key Players For The Knicks And Clippers
For today’s matchup, we project Jalen Brunson to lead the scoring for the Knicks, putting up 21 points and shooting at a rate of 8/14. During this season, he is delivering an average of 25.6 points per game, along with 3.8 rebounds.
On the other side, Kawhi Leonard is our projected leading scorer for the Clippers. We have him ending the game with a team-high 18 and grabbing 5 rebounds. This season, he is shooting at a field goal percentage of 50.5%, and his scoring average is 23.5 points per game.
Knicks vs Clippers Trends
- Through their last five road games, New York has an ATS record of just 2-3. However, their overall record was 2-3 while averaging 123 points per game.
- In their last ten games at home, the Clippers have a straight up record of 4-6 while going 4-6 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 114 points per game in these contests.
- In their last five games as the betting underdog, the Knicks have a straight up record of 2-3 and an ATS mark of 2-3.
- In their last three games as the betting favorite, the Clippers have a strong straight up record of 3-0. In addition, their ATS record was 2-1 in these scenarios.
The Knicks come in as the underdog at +5, making them our top choice on the point spread. We not only expect them to cover the spread but also believe they have a strong chance of winning the game outright, especially if you’re aiming for a higher moneyline payout.
Right now, the over/under line for the game is sitting at 229 and given that our model is projecting 220 points between the teams, we like the under.
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