Two teams sitting outside the playoff places of their respective conference are clashing today, when the New York Knicks (13-56), are hosting the Los Angeles Lakers (31-38), with both teams having lost their last eight and two games respectively and are looking to end those losing streaks today.
Date/Time: 03-17-2019, 12:00 EDT
Spread: New York Knicks +4.5
New York Knicks have a 13-56 record (28-40-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the last place of the whole league. They have eight consecutive losses and in their last game they lost on the road against the Spurs with an 83-109 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Dennis Smith Jr with 14.6 ppg, adding and a team high 6 dimes per game. He is followed by Emmanuel Mudiay with 14.2 ppg and 3.6 dimes per game.
Los Angeles Lakers have a 31-38 record (27-40-2 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 11th place of the West. They have lost seven of their last eight matches and in their last game they lost on the road against the Pistons with a 97-111 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by LeBron James with 27.4 ppg, adding 8 dimes and a team high 8.6 boards per game. He is followed by Kyle Kuzma with 18.6 ppg and 5.7 boards per game.
In their previous meeting earlier this season the Knicks won on the road with a 112-119 score. Knicks have a 6-26 home record, while the Lakers are 13-22 on the road. Lakers are better offensively, scoring 111.8 ppg to Knicks’ 105 and both teams are almost equal defensively, allowing 113.6 and 113.8 ppg each. Lakers have a better field goal percentage (47.4% to 43.1%), while Knicks have a better 3-point percentage (34.3% to 33.1%). Knicks are better in turnovers committed (13.3 to 15.2), while Lakers are better both in boards grabbed (46.2 to 44.8) and in dimes made (25.2 to 19.9). Vegas odds give the Lakers a -4.5 spread for this game and expect them to beat the odds against the weakest team in the league this season.
Los Angeles Lakers vs New York Knicks Prediction: Los Angeles Lakers -4.5 (-107)
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