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Lakers take on Knicks in hoops contest

Los Angeles LakersNew York Knicks
16-28January 26, 2014, 03:30 | Madison Square Garden16-27

A key NBA battle sees the visiting Lakers travelling to New York Sunday to face the Knicks on Sunday.

New York will face the 16-28 Lakers, who own a 25-19 ATS mark on the season. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). In totals betting, the Knicks are 23-20 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Lakers are 24-18-2 favoring the OVER.

View Los Angeles Lakers vs New York Knicks Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened this morning as 5.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark (including 5Dimes), while the total was hovering around 207 at BetOnline and other shops.

According to new Power Rankings at Odds Shark, it's the No. 17-rated Knicks and the No. 30-rated Lakers in this matchup. Predictive computer formulas point to a 90-88 win for the Knicks on Sunday.

In their last action, Los Angeles was a 114-105 loser on the road against the Magic. They failed to cover the 2.5-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (219) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Los Angeles got 21 points and 11 rebounds from Pau Gasol in a losing cause in a 114-105 loss to Orlando on Friday at Amway Center.

Last time out for New York, they were a 125-96 winner as they battled the Bobcats at home. The Knicks covered in the match as a 4-point favorite, while 221 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Charlotte was run off the court by the Knicks on Friday as New York blasted the Bobcats 125-96 at Madison Square Garden.

How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features New York's No. 27-rated squad against Los Angeles's No. 20-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, New York rates No. 7 in the league with 8.65 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 5 with 9.25 per outing.

A few Lakers at Knicks trends to consider:
LA Lakers is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
LA Lakers is 3-15 SU in its last 18 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of LA Lakers's last 5 games
LA Lakers is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
New York is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games
New York is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of New York's last 6 games
New York is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Los Angeles home to Indiana, Tuesday, January 28th
New York home to Boston, Tuesday, January 28th