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Big Baller Show lands at Madison Square Garden for Lakers vs Knicks

The Los Angeles Lakers will take their show on the road to New York to face the Knicks in what could be a very entertaining game for fans and bettors. The Lakers have won back-to-back games for the third time this season but will be in tough to take down the Knicks, who perform great in front of their home fans with a record of 12-5 SU. New York opened as a 3.5-point favorite to knock off the Lake-show.

SHARK BITES
  • The favored team is 16-4 SU in the last 20 games in this matchup.
  • The total has gone UNDER in four of the Knicks’ last five games with a closing total of 213 or more.
  • The Knicks are 1-6 SU in their last seven games after a win.

The Lakers haven’t quite found the right rhythm with Lonzo Ball yet. The rookie is only averaging 8.6 points per game and is shooting a horrendous 32 per cent from the floor and 24 per cent from three-point range. On the road, those numbers increase slightly but it hasn’t translated to wins where Los Angeles is 4-8 SU. It’s a bit of a coin flip to bank on the Lakers to get a win tonight as they’re 5-5 SU in their last 10 visits to MSG. It may be best to fade the Big Ballers.

New York, on the other hand, feeds off the Garden crowd and has been a force at home. The Knicks are 6-2 SU in their last eight games at MSG, where their defensive intensity seems to increase, and are ranked seventh in the NBA in points allowed. Kristaps Porzingis is living up to the billing of being a basketball unicorn as he averages 27.4 points per game at home. Forward Enes Kanter is expected in the lineup tonight and has meshed well with the Lithuanian. Bettors should seriously consider the Knicks, who are 5-1 SU in their last six games vs the Lakers.

The total opened at 213 and in any game the Lakers are in, the OVER should also be considered. The Lakers rank 25th in points allowed per game (108.7) and the Knicks shoot the lights out at home, averaging over 107 points per game.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as TopBet had the New York Knicks installed as 4-point favorites in this particular NBA matchup. The OVER/UNDER betting line for the total number of points scored was listed by most sportsbooks, including Bovada, at 212.5.

Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 112-103 result in favor of the Knicks. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Los Angeles Lakers vs New York Knicks Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

New York battles the Los Angeles Lakers, currently with a 10-15 mark (12-13 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals betting, are 11-14-1 for the New York Knicks and 11-14 for the Los Angeles Lakers. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and New York vs Los Angeles injuries news.

According to the betting Power Rankings at OddsShark, it's the No. 22-rated Knicks and the No. 20-rated Lakers in this NBA basketball matchup.

Statistical Matchup

When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Los Angeles Lakers rank No. 3 in the league with 46.32 per game. That compares with New York's No. 12 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where New York is the NBA's No. 27-ranked team at 8.33 treys per game, while the Lakers rate No. 29 with 8.19 per contest.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Lakers grabbed a 110-99 win over the Hornets on Saturday, behind a 22-point effort from Jordan Clarkson at Spectrum Center.

The Knicks grabbed a 111-107 win over the Hawks on Sunday, behind a 30-point effort from Kristaps Porzingis at Madison Square Garden.

Betting Trends
  • Los Angeles is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Los Angeles's last 5 games
  • Los Angeles is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
  • Los Angeles is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games on the road
  • New York is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • New York is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games
  • New York is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Los Angeles
  • New York is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Los Angeles

Next Betting Matchups

Los Angeles at Cleveland, Thursday, December 14
New York at Brooklyn, Thursday, December 14

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