LA Lakers at NY Knicks Predictions 11/23/21

by | Nov 23, 2021 | nba

Los Angeles Lakers (9-9 SU, 6-12ATS) vs. New York Knicks (9-8 SU, 7-10 ATS)

When: Tuesday November 23 2021, 07:30 PM (ET)

Where: Madison Square Garden: New York, New York

TV: TNT

Point Spread: LAL +6/NYK -6 (Opened at NYK -3.5 at MyBookie - They offer you a 100% bonus up to $300 when you sign up through our link and use bonus code PREDICT100)

Total: 214 (Opened at 214.5)

Money Line: Los Angeles +195/New York -240)

Power Rating: NYK -4

Probable Starting Lineups

Lakers: PG Russell Westbrook, SG Avery Bradley, SF Carmelo Anthony, PF Talen Horton Tucker, C Anthony Davis

Knicks: PG Kemba Walker, SG Evan Fournier, SF RJ Barrett, PF Julius Randle, C Nerlens Noel

Key Injuries

Lakers
Trevor Ariza: ankle (QUESTIONABLE) Kendrick Nunn: ankle (OUT) Austin Reaves: hamstring (QUESTIONABLE)

Knicks
Taj Gibson: groin (QUESTIONABLE) Mitchell Robinson: concussion (QUESTIONABLE)

Recent Form

The Los Angeles Lakers enter today’s game, winning four of their past ten games. The Lakers have played at a below .500 rate when playing away from home, having gone 2-4. Los Angeles travels to New York with a negative plus-minus of rating -7.2 points as the road team. Overall the Lakers are ranked 24th among NBA teams in point differential (2.1). Among NBA teams, they have played the 30th toughest schedule.

For bettors, taking the Los Angeles Lakers to cover the spread has been a losing bet as they are covering the spread in 33.30% of their games. Their season-long plus-minus against the spread is -6.0.

On offense, the team’s leading scorer is PF Anthony Davis. So far, Davis is averaging 24.56 points per game. Davis is also the team’s leading rebounder at 10.5 boards per game, Giving him a season average of a double-double. Veteran forward Carmelo Anthony has been LA’s top three-point shooter, connecting on 2.94 shots from downtown per game.

The New York Knicks enter today’s game, winning four of their past ten games. When playing at Madison Square Garden, the Knicks are winning at a below .500 rate, having gone 4-5. As they take on the Lakers at home, the Knicks have a negative home plus-minus of -2.0 points.

So far, they have played the 26th toughest schedule in the NBA. Overall, the Knicks are ranked 14th among NBA teams in point differential (1.7).

For bettors, taking the New York Knicks to cover the spread has been a losing bet as they have covered in 41.20% of their games. Their season-long plus-minus against the spread is -3.5.

On offense, the team’s leading scorer is PF Julius Randle. So far, Randle is averaging 20.41 points per game while hauling in 10 boards a night. The Knicks’ best three-point shooter has been Evan Fournier, connecting on 2.24 shots from downtown per game.

An Eye On Pace

Coming into this game, the Lakers are one of the fastest-paced teams in the NBA. So far, they have used this increased number of possessions to their advantage, getting up five more shots per game than the league average. LA is the 10th rated team in field goal percentage. Even with a roster with veteran players, the Lakers have been able to get out and run, ranking 5th in fast break points. The opposite is true for the Knicks, who are one of the slowest-paced teams in the league for the second straight year.

Key Matchups

The key matchup to watch in this game will be what team can show up defensively. Last year, the Knicks prided themselves on their defense. However, this season they have struggled to limit their opponents from hitting outside shots. On average, opposing teams are making four three-pointers per game above the league average.

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The Historicals

These two teams met up for two non-conference games last season, with each team picking up one win. In game one, the Knicks had the most convincing victory, winning by a score of 111-96.

How the Public is Betting the Raptors vs. Warriors

64% are betting the Lakers against the spread.

60% are wagering on the game to go over the posted total of 218.5

Betting Trends Worth Noting

  • Lakers are 6-15 ATS in their last 21 games overall.
  • Lakers are 1-4 ATS in their last five road games.
  • Knicks are 1-5 ATS in their last six home games.
  • Knicks are 1-4 ATS in their last five home games vs. a team with a losing road record.

Joe’s Pick Versus the Betting Line

So far this season, the Knicks have shown an ability to get up for big games. With Lebron James and the Lakers coming to town, I expect to see New York feed off the energy from their home court. So far, their defense has not performed up to their expectations coming into the year. However, I expect the Knicks to have one of their better offensive games of the season. With Russell Westbrook on the team, LA has become slightly less efficient but is playing faster. This should translate into a lot of points in this contest. Take the OVER.

Prop Bets Worth Wagering

My favorite prop bet of the night is to take Anthony Davis to go over his point total. A lot of the defensive duty on Davis will fall on the shoulders of Nerlens Noel. This is a matchup I expect the Lakers to take advantage of all night. Not only does Noel not have the ability to defend Davis near the rim, but he will also struggle when the Lakers forward extends his game to the perimeter. Question: Did you know that you could be wagering on games at -105 odds inostead of the more expensive -110 your book is socking you with? Imagine how much money you’d save if you made the switch! Start betting smarter TODAY by making the change to BAS Sportsbook!