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Lakers vs Knicks Betting Preview

The Knicks take on the struggling Lakers in Christmas Day NBA betting action in Los Angeles at STAPLES Center.


Los Angeles battles the Knicks, currently with a 20-7 mark (15-12 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 15-12 for the Lakers and 14-11-2 for the Knicks. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

View New York vs LA Lakers Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks such as 5Dimes had set the Lakers as 3.5-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. The total was listed earler at 212, but may be on the move at Bovada and other top sites.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game pits the Lakers, currently No. 11 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Knicks, who rate No. 16 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 106-103 victory for the Knicks.

How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Los Angeles's No. 1-rated squad against New York's No. 28-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Los Angeles rates No. 3 in the league with 9.2 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 1 with 11.5 per outing.

In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Knicks own the league's No. 13-rated mark, allowing 97.8 points per game when playing on the road. Los Angeles, on the other hand, rates No. 11 in scoring on their home court.

Last time out for New York, they were a 94-91 winner as they battled the Timberwolves at home. The Knicks failed to cover in the match as an 8-point favorite, while 185 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Timberwolves were burned for 33 points by Carmelo Anthony on Sunday as the Knicks picked up a 94-91 win at Madison Square Garden.

The Lakers were a 118-115 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Warriors. They covered the 2-point spread as favorites, while the total score (233) made winners of OVER bettors. Los Angeles got 34 points from Kobe Bryant en route to a 118-115 victory over Golden State on Saturday at Oracle Arena.

New York Knicks Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 4-6
Before playing Phoenix are 6-4
After playing Minnesota are 5-5
After a win are 7-3

Los Angeles Lakers Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 4-6
Before playing Denver are 5-5
After playing Golden State are 7-3
After a win are 5-5

A few Knicks at Lakers trends to consider:
New York is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of New York's last 5 games when playing LA Lakers
New York is 11-3 SU in its last 14 games
The total has gone OVER in 12 of New York's last 17 games when playing on the road against LA Lakers
LA Lakers are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games when playing at home against New York
LA Lakers are 9-2 SU in their last 11 games when playing New York
LA Lakers are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of the LA Lakers last 5 games when playing New York

Next up:
New York at Phoenix, Wednesday, December 26
LA Lakers at Denver, Wednesday, December 26