The LA Lakers (23-28) take to the road for a matchup against the New York Knicks (27-24) at the Madison Square Garden on Tuesday. The New York Knicks hold the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference after winning 27 of their 51 games, while 23 wins in 51 matches leave the LA Lakers with the 13th seed in the Western Conference. The LA Lakers arrive at the Madison Square Garden as big outsiders to stop the New York Knicks. The home side should be able to book this one as a win, considering how highly the oddsmakers favor them.
Form New York Knicks
The New York Knicks slipped to 27-24 for the season after falling to a 122-115 defeat against the Brooklyn Nets in their previous match. They are 5-5 across their ten most recent games and 2-3 in the past five at home.
The New York Knicks are more of an average side for the offensive side of the game. Entering Tuesday’s matchup, the hosts are averaging 114.3 points per game. On the other side, the home defense has been middle-of-the-pack, allowing 121.2 points on average in the last five contests and 112.4 points across the season.
Last year, the New York Knicks failed to qualify for the playoffs after a 37-45 regular season. They ended up 11th in the Eastern Conference and fifth in the Atlantic Division. However, with a 27-24 record this season, they hold the Eastern Conference’s seventh seed, leaving them set for the Play-In Tournament.
Mitchell Robinson is the only reported injury concern for the New York Knicks ahead of Tuesday’s game.
Form LA Lakers
The Brooklyn Nets handed the LA Lakers a second straight defeat in a 121-104 beating last time out, leaving the visitors 4-6 from their past ten games and 2-3 in the last five on the road.
The LA Lakers have been one of the NBA’s most prolific scoring teams this season. Entering this matchup, the hosts are averaging 116.8 points per game. The defense has been the away side’s Achilles’ heel, allowing an average of 118.2 points per game in 51 contests this season.
Last year, the LA Lakers failed to qualify for the playoffs after a 33-49 regular season. They ended up 11th in the Western Conference and fourth in the Pacific Division. Their chances of reaching postseason play this season don’t look good either, with the away side 23-28 so far.
LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Austin Reaves are set to miss the LA Lakers game due to injuries.
The LA Lakers were able to avenge their 106-100 defeat against the New York Knicks in November 2021 by winning the latest meeting between the two teams 122-115 at the Crypto.com Arena. The past ten meetings have mostly gone in the New York Knicks’s favor. In total, they claimed six wins with a total score of 6-4. Unless the LA Lakers pull something special out of the bag, this run might well continue on Tuesday.
In their last ten head-to-head games, the New York Knicks managed 106.1 points on average per game, while the LA Lakers put 104.9 points on board.
Odds for LA Lakers vs New York Knicks is Provided by Bet365. For a full list of odds for the match visit Bet365.com
- Moneyline (ML): LA Lakers (+115) | New York Knicks (-135)
- Against the spread (ATS): LA Lakers +2.5 (-115) | New York Knicks -2.5 (-105)
- Over/Under (O/U): 235.5 (-110) | (-110)
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Take the New York Knicks to win (1.74) for the outright win on the moneyline.
Despite only winning half of their last 10 games, the New York Knicks are still considered favorites for Tuesday’s matchup. Their last match ended in a 122-115 defeat to the Brooklyn Nets. However, with -135 odds available for a home win, they have an implied 57% chance of victory on the moneyline. The LA Lakers have been struggling lately, dropping six of their last ten matches. In their most recent game, they were defeated by the Brooklyn Nets by a score of 121-104. Because of their current form, the visitors are the +115 underdogs.
Take the New York Knicks (-135) to win outright on the moneyline for the upcoming match at the Madison Square Garden. They look the better pick of the two sides, having gone 5-5 in the last ten matches and 27-24 for the season.
Against the Spread
Place your bets on the New York Knicks -2.5 (1.95) for this game.
The New York Knicks enter Tuesday’s game as favorites, but not by much. The hosts open up as 2.5-point favorites over the LA Lakers, with odds of -105. With the average margin of victory in the last five matchups of this series being 7.8 points, it seems as though the smart money lies in a one-score game on Tuesday.
The New York Knicks tend to play well at home against the LA Lakers. In the past four games between the two teams at the Madison Square Garden, the home side has won three games by an average margin of 7.3 points. The hosts have only covered the spread in half of their past ten home contests, going 5-5 ATS in the last ten games overall.
The LA Lakers have covered in 11 of their last 16 games ahead of their latest road trip. In their past 10 matches, the LA Lakers went 6-4 ATS and also ended up 6-3-1 ATS from their ten most recent road trips.
Take the Total under 235.5 (1.91).
There has been a trend of low-scoring games between the New York Knicks and the LA Lakers recently. The points have just not been there for either team. In fact, in their past ten matchups, the total only averaged 211 points.
The total line is set at 235.5. The New York Knicks and the LA Lakers’ combined points total has not exceeded this 235.5 line eight times in their last ten matchups. Betting Under on the Total market returns odds of -110.
The total went over in the past two New York Knicks matches, leaving the home team with a 232.4-point average in the last ten. Looking back on the last five games on home soil for the New York Knicks, the total went over two times. They are 6-3-1 against the total overall from their previous ten matches.
As for the LA Lakers, the average total has been 237.0 points in the away team’s past ten matches and 241.0 points in the last five on the road. Exactly half of the previous 10 road games for the LA Lakers went over, leaving them 3-7 against the total in their last 10 home and away games combined.