Lakers vs Knicks Prediction and Picks – April 12th, 2021

LA Lakers vs New York Knicks Prediction and Preview

For the Lake Show, almost as good as the news of the 126-101 romp past the Nets in Brooklyn on Saturday was the latest report on the availabilities of both LeBron and Anthony Davis, whose ETAs are now expected to be within the next two weeks. Though the only thing that really matters to Frank Vogel is that his big two are healthy for the playoffs, getting them some action to work off the rust beforehand and remove any risk of LA slipping into the play-in round means that each will be welcomed back with open arms. And if the Lakers play as well as they did on Saturday and have lately on the road, covering their last four (we don’t count the April 4 loss to the Clippers at Staples Center as a real away game), Vogel has more reason to smile. Still, LA is shorthanded, as, beyond LeBron and AD, Kyle Kuzma, Wes Matthews, and Marc Gasol all remain doubtful for tonight.

553/554ScoreLinePRGS LineAvg. PRAvg. OPRSUR (H/A)ATS (H/A)O/U (H/A)Pts. Diff. (H/A)Avg. Ln. (H/A)
LA Lakers972066-14816-11 / 17-911-16 / 15-1112-15 / 8-17+4.7 / +4.2-5.5 / -1.5
New York104-310 (3)12815-10 / 11-1714-10 / 17-1111-14 / 10-18+2 / -0.2+2 / +3.5

The Lake Show also figures to be hard-pressed to replicate its 19-for-34 effort from beyond the arc in Brooklyn. Especially as the Knicks are well capable of leaning on their defense, which has improved leaps and bounds under Tom Thibodeau, and fueled Sunday’s win over the Raptors that got NY back to .500.

Last 5 GamesPF/PAPts. Diff.Avg. PRAvg. OPRAvg. Ln.SUR (H/A)ATS (H/A)O/U (H/A)
LA Lakers108.2 / 102+6.286+70-0 / 3-20-0 / 4-10-0 / 3-2
New York93.6 / 84.8+8.8108+2.51-0 / 1-21-0 / 3-01-0 / 2-1
LA Lakers04-10-21@ Brooklyn+11222126-101New York04-11-21TorontoPK-1–1
04-08-21@ Miami+9.5206.5104-11004-09-21Memphis+1.5216.5133-129
04-06-21@ Toronto-1208110-10104-07-21@ Boston-3208101-99
04-04-21@ LA Clippe.+10.521086-10404-05-21@ Brooklyn-5.5218114-112
04-02-21@ Sacramento+4.5221115-9404-03-21@ Detroit+2.5202.581-125

This is a big game for Knicks PF Julius Randle, too, facing his old team, and Randle continues to anchor the offense after his 26 points paced the assault on Sunday vs. Toronto. Meanwhile, Derrick Rose is proving to Tibs that he has still had some petrol in his tank, scoring in double digits for the fourth straight time on Sunday and suggesting he could emerge as a valuable component down the stretch and into the playoffs. That win over the Raps was also the fifth straight cover for Spike Lee’s team, which has notched spread Ws in 12 of its last 16 outings, and note wins and covers in the second nights of the last four NY back-to-backs.
NBA Prediction: Play Knicks (check the updated Vegas Odds via WagerTalk Live Lines)

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