The New York Knicks (9-8 SU, 7-10 ATS) welcomed the Los Angeles Lakers (9-9, 6-12) to Madison Square Garden on Tuesday as 2.5-point favorites. Both teams have a record of 2-4 in their past six games and 5-5 in their last 10 meetings.
Los Angeles Lakers vs New York Knicks Betting Odds & Line Movement
The Knicks opened as 2.5-point favorites at home over the visiting Lakers, according to BetOnline sportsbook. The total was set at 214.5 points with the UNDER winning 7-0 in New York’s previous seven NBA betting games.The Knicks are 1-5 ATS in their past six games while the Lakers are 1-4 ATS in their past five away matchups.
Notes On The Los Angeles Lakers
On Sunday, the Los Angeles Lakers crushed the Detroit Pistons by a score of 121-116, with Anthony Davis scoring 30 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Russell Westbrook finished with 26 points, 10 assists, and one rebound shy of a triple-double. Following an altercation with Isaiah Stewart of the Pistons, LeBron James had only 10 points in 21 minutes before being tossed from the game.
Rajon Rondo will miss Monday’s game, as he was suspended for a single game. The Lakers should still be in great position because Davis has been on fire with two consecutive performances of 30+ points.
Notes On The New York Knicks
The Knicks fell 109-103 to the Chicago Bulls on Sunday, with DeMar DeRozan scoring 31 points. Julius Randle led all scorers with 34 points, but he didn’t get much support from his teammates, as Alec Burks was the next highest scorer for New York with just 13 points.
After a 5-1 start to the season, the Knicks have slumped to 9-8, just one game above .500. Randle leads the team with 20.4 points per game, but he hasn’t had much help from his teammates.
On Tuesday, the Bulls play at Indiana, with Derrick Rose (ankle) questionable and Mitchell Robinson (concussion) and Taj Gibson (groin) out.
Can The Los Angeles Lakers Cover The Pointspread?
The Lakers demonstrated on Sunday that they don’t necessarily need James to win games, especially when Davis and Westbrook are both in the lineup. Los Angeles has not been playing well, but it is about to take on a New York team that is low on confidence. On Tuesday, Westbrook and Davis will be the best players on the floor, and they’ll have to show it.
Can The New York Knicks Cover The Spread?
The Knicks have been sluggish recently, but they’ll be hoping to capitalize on a LeBron-less Los Angeles team. On Sunday, Randle scored 34 points, his second-best total of the season; if New York is going to win, he’ll need to do much of the offensive load.