The New York Knicks head to Hollywood to take on the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night at the Staples Center.

The Knicks have been in town since the weekend as they played and lost to the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday. New York has lost back to back games after winning three in a row. They are 10-26 on the season and in the bottom of the Atlantic Division. The Lakers have gotten their momentum back. The Purple and Gold lost the league’s best record when they suffered four straight losses but LeBron and company have regrouped and they have won five in a row heading to this contest.

Basketball Back to Back Losses

The New York Knicks have suffered back to back losses after going on a season-best three-game winning streak. In their latest assignment, the Knicks gave the Los Angeles Clippers a good fight before losing by three points, 132-135. Since that game was also played at the Staples Center, the Knicks will not only have a one-day rest before facing the Lakers but will not have to travel to meet the Western Conference leaders.

Marcus Morris Sr. scored a career-high 38 points against the Clippers while prized rookie R.J. Barrett added 24 points for the Knicks. Forward Julius Randle also had a big game with 16 points and 8 rebounds for New York. Dennis Smith Jr. missed his fifth straight game with an oblique sprain.

The Knicks are next to last in scoring at 103.9 points per game. They are 7th in rebounding at 46.7 boards grabbed per contest and are also 29th in passing at 21.1 assists per game. New York is allowing its opponents to score an average of 111 points per game 14th most in the league this season.

What are the Moneyline Odds?





Odds from BetOnline as of 01/07/20

Basketball Five Straight Wins

After going on a season-long four-game losing streak, the Los Angeles Lakers have found their groover again and have put up five straight wins heading to Tuesday night. The Lakers have gone 4-0 in the first four games of their current five-game homestand. The Purple and Gold look for the sweep against the lowly Knicks who are coming off a loss to the Clippers.

LeBron James registered a triple-double in their last game against the Pistons. King James had 21 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists for his 9th triple-double of the season and his second in five days. Anthony Davis scored 24 points and blocked 8 shots. Los Angeles had a total of 20 blocks in the game, one off the franchise record set in April 1982.

The Lakers rank 8th overall in scoring at 112.9 points per game. They are 17th in rebounding at 45.2 boards per contest and are 5th in passing at 26.1 assists per outing. Los Angeles has the sixth-best scoring defense in the league, allowing just 105.5 points per game.

Basketball Who Wins?

New York is 4-6 SU in their last 10 games played. The Knicks are 2-4 SU in their last six road games played and are 2-5 SU as the betting underdog in their last seven games. Los Angeles is 6-4 SU in their last 10 games played. The Lakers are 3-2 SU in their last five games played at home and the Purple and Gold are 6-3 SU in their last nine games as betting favorites. Head to head, the Knicks are 8-2 in their last 10 games played against the Lakers.

New York has dropped back to back games after a three-game winning streak. However, they lost by 8 to the Suns and by only three to the Clippers. This Knicks team isn’t built for winning but they are a group that have competed on a nightly basis, especially in their last 10 games played. I expect the Knicks to play well without the pressure that the Lakers have on their shoulders.

The Lakers have won five in a row after a disastrous four-game losing streak. The Purple and Gold are 4-0 in their current homestand and are looking to add the Knicks to their list of victims. Avery Bradley left their last game with an injury and is questionable here. However, with LeBron and AD playing very well right now, I expect the home team to be victorious.

Prediction: Los Angeles Lakers

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Basketball Other Bets to Make

The Knicks are 6-4 ATS in their last 10 games played. New York is 4-2 ATS in their last six games played. The Lakers are 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 games played. Los Angeles is 1-3-1 ATS in their last four games played, and 4-1 ATS in their last five home games against the Eastern Conference.

What are the Spread Odds?


+13 (-107)


-13 (-113)

Odds from BetOnline as of 01/07/20

The Lakers haven’t covered well in their last 10 games although they are 18-16-1 ATS overall this season. The Knicks have been competitive in their last 10 outings and have covered six of those games including four of six away from Madison Square Garden. New York played well against the Clippers on Sunday, losing by just three points. That game was also at Staples so the Knicks don’t have to travel for this game. The Lakers should win this game but I have doubts about their ability to cover. The Lakers have given away big leads and have been content with getting the “W”.

Prediction: New York Knicks +13

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The total has gone over in six out of the last 10 games played by the Knicks. New York has seen the total go over in four out of their last six games played on the road. The total has gone under in six out of the last 10 games played by the Lakers. The under is 3-2 in Los Angeles’ last five games played at the Staples Center. Head to head, the total has gone over in seven out of the last 10 meetings between these two teams.

What are the Total Odds?


220.5 (-115)


220.5 (-105)

Odds from BetOnline as of 01/07/20

These teams have combined to score an average of 237.33 points per game in their last three meetings. The Lakers have the 6th best defense in the league but they are also in the Top 8 in the league when it comes to scoring. The Knicks are a low scoring team but they are in the bottom half in the NBA in scoring defense. New York hs given up an average of 127.5 points per game in their last two games, both losses. Los Angeles has averaged 116.4 points per game in their current five-game winning streak. I think the Lakers score big here to help the total go over

Prediction: Over 220.5

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