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NBA Betting Matchup: Knicks Lakers

The Knicks will continue their western trip on Thursday night with an NBA betting matchup against the Lakers at the Staples Center.

New York last managed to beat Los Angeles way back in early 2007, picking up eight straight losses against the Lakers since then. The Knicks are 5-5 ATS in their last 10 games against Los Angeles.

View New York vs LA Lakers Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're going with the Lakers in this one, they're listed as 3.5-point favorites on the betting line for the contest. Totals bettors have seen that number set at 198 for Monday.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Lakers sit at No. 2 in the current NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, while the Knicks are at No. 16 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Lakers will win this game 97-86.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Los Angeles's No. 20-ranked offense (91.3 PPG) against a Knicks defense that ranks No. 22 at 98 PPG. The Lakers have averaged 43.8% from the field per game, almost the same as the Knicks have managed so far this season (43.8% on average).

In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Knicks own the league's No. 13-rated mark, allowing 92 points per game when on the road. Los Angeles, on the other hand, rates No. 18 in home scoring.

In their last action, New York was a 92-78 loser on the road against the Warriors. They failed to cover the 6–point spread as favorites, while the combined score (170) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. The Knicks endured a 92-78 loss at the hands of the Warriors on Wednesday, despite a 16-point effort from Amar'e Stoudemire at Oracle Arena.

In their last action, Los Angeles was a 96-71 winner at home against the Jazz. They covered the 5.5–point spread as favorites, while the combined score (167) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Utah was run off the court by the Lakers on Tuesday as Los Angeles blasted the Jazz 96-71 at STAPLES Center.

New York Knicks Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 3-7
Before playing Sacramento are 1-9
After playing Golden State are 5-5
After a loss are 1-9

Los Angeles Lakers Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 8-2
Before playing Denver are 7-3
After playing Utah are 5-5
After a win are 6-4

A few Knicks at Lakers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of New York's last 7 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 12 of New York's last 16 games when playing on the road against LA Lakers
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of New York's last 11 games
New York is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
LA Lakers are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games when playing New York
LA Lakers are 7-1 SU in their last 8 games when playing at home against New York
The total has gone OVER in 12 of the LA Lakers last 16 games when playing at home against New York
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of the LA Lakers last 6 games at home

Next up:
New York at Sacramento, Saturday, December 31
LA Lakers home to Denver, Saturday, December 31

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