The Los Angeles Lakers (25-25) travel to face off against the New York Knicks (32-17) on Saturday, February 3rd. This game will be played at Madison Square Garden in New York and televised on ABC. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Tip-off is set for 8:30 ET.
Lakers vs Knicks
The Lakers Are Coming Off A Win
In their latest game against the Celtics, Austin Reaves was the top scorer for the Lakers’ offense, scoring 32 points and shooting 10/18 from the field. D’Angelo Russell also added 16 points as the Lakers won the game by a score of 114-105.
Coming into their game against the Knicks, the Lakers are at .500 with a 25-25 record. On the road, the Lakers are 8-17, while going 17-8 at home.
Los Angeles currently has an ATS record below .500, sitting at 22-28 at this point. This season, Los Angeles has a 12-16 record against the spread when they are the favorites, and they are 10-12 as underdogs.
The Knicks Are Coming Off A Win
In their most recent game, the Knicks took down the Pacers by a score of 109-105. Turning the tide, the Knicks picked up the win, overcoming a halftime deficit of 58-51.
Coming into today’s game against the Lakers, the Knicks have a record above .500 at 32-17 and are looking to build on their success. In the Eastern Conference, they are currently ranked 3rd and are 2nd in the Atlantic division.
New York has an overall ATS record of 31-18 as they come into today’s game. The Knicks currently have a six game ATS win streak as the favorite and are 10-9 vs. the spread as underdogs.
Lakers Offense Breakdown
In 50 games games, Los Angeles has an average of 116.1 points per game (14th).
So far this season, the Lakers have been one of the most efficient teams in the league, ranking 8th in field goal percentage. However, they have struggled from beyond the arc, ranking 30th in three-point attempts and 28th in three-point makes.
On average, the Lakers are scoring 116.1 points per game, which is 14th in the NBA. Interestingly, they have actually scored more points on the road (115.6) than at home (116.7).
When it comes to pace, the Lakers are one of the fastest teams in the league, ranking 6th at 101.3 possessions per game. In terms of assists, they are 8th in the NBA with 28.1 per game.
Knicks Offense Breakdown
Through 49 games games, New York is averaging 115.2 points per game (15th).
The Knicks have been a below-average offensive team this season, ranking 15th in the NBA with 115.2 points per game. At home, they are averaging 114.7 points per game, which is 21st in the league.
New York has been a strong offensive rebounding team, ranking 3rd in the NBA in offensive rebounds per game. In terms of pace, the Knicks are 29th in the league.
When it comes to three-point shooting, the Knicks are 11th in three-point percentage but just 20th in field goal percentage overall. In terms of assists, they are 29th in the NBA.
Lakers Team Defense
So far, the Lakers’ defense is ranked 19th in the league at 117.3 points per contest. In the terms of takeaways, Lakers are causing 13.7 turnovers per game, ranking 21st in the league. They also enter the matchup ranked 12th in rejections, averaging 5.4 blocked shots each game.
Knicks Team Defense
So far this season, the Knicks defense has been performing well, ranking 2nd in the NBA at 109.2 points allowed per contest. In terms of two point field goal attempts, the Knicks defense has allowed a shooting percentage of 53.9% while allowing 35.6% from downtown.
Key Players For The Lakers And Knicks
For today’s matchup, we project Anthony Davis to lead the scoring for the Lakers, putting up 24 points and shooting at a rate of 9/16. For the season, he has been averaging 24.9 points per game, in addition to 12.1 rebounds.
As for New York, Jalen Brunson is projected to be the primary scorer for the Knicks. Our forecast has him finishing the game with 26, and adding 4 rebounds. Throughout the season, he has maintained a 48.1% field goal shooting rate and is averaging 27.1 points per game.
Lakers vs Knicks Trends
- Although Los Angeles has a straight up record of 2-3 in their last five road games, they have not held up as well vs the spread going 2-3. The team averaged 123 points per game in these games.
- The Knicks are 4-1 ATS in their last home games and 4-1 straight-up.
- Looking back on the team’s last ten games as the underdog, the Lakers have a straight up record of 4-6. Their record vs the spread in these games was 5-5.
- In their last five games as the betting favorite, the Knicks have a strong straight up record of 5-0. In addition, their ATS record was 5-0 in these scenarios.
Entering the game as underdogs with a spread of +4.5, the Lakers is our point spread pick. Our projections not only see them covering the spread but also indicate a solid chance of an outright victory. This is a good choice for those looking for a higher moneyline payout.
Regarding the over/under, the current line is set at 225.5, and our model predicts the Lakers and Knicks to score a combined 231 points. We recommend betting on the over.
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