New York Knicks vs Los Angeles Lakers betting tips and predictions for Tuesday’s NBA game on TNT. The Lakers will try to turn things around after last night’s convincing loss in Brooklyn as they make the short trip to Madison Square Garden to face the Knicks. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
New York Knicks
The Knicks too know how it feels like to lose to the Nets, they are coming off a 122-115 loss on Sunday in what was a tightly contested game. Jalen Brunson went off for 26 points, while RJ Barrett chipped in 24, as a team the Knicks shot 51.1% from the field and there are definitely some positives to take away from the loss. One thing they’ll need to fix for tonight is their three-point shooting, after allowing the Nets to make 22 threes.
This will be the first meeting of the season between these teams, New York has covered in the last 5 games played vs LA at MSG. They are also 5-2 SU in their last 7 overall vs Western Conference opponents. Mitchell Robinson will continue to miss games, his absence has been a big deal defensively for the Knicks.
Los Angeles Lakers
After missing the Nets game last night, Lebron James and Anthony Davis both return to the line-up tonight which should give the Lakers a much needed boost offensively after they scored just 104 points. Russell Westbrook did his best to carry the offense, but that’s not anywhere near enough for the Lakers who are without a win in 6 games vs Atlantic Division teams.
The good news is LA has covered the spread in 11 of 16 games overall, plus they are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 on the road. With Davis back in the line-up we can expect improvements on both ends, especially on defense where the Lakers were a top 10 team before he got injured. The Lakers open as 2.5 point underdogs tonight, they lost the last game at MSG by 6 points.
The last 10 meetings have ended with 5 wins each, but the Lakers are outscoring the Knicks by 3.4 points per game during that stretch. Both teams are coming off losses, I think the Lakers will respond better here as they get their two superstars back in the line-up. Take LA on the road.
Brooklyn Nets vs Los Angeles Lakers Predictions & Odds
Davis does improve the Lakers defense, but with the Knicks missing their starting center there’s a really big chance of them going small here which should result in an increase of tempo. The total has cashed on the over 4 times in their last 5 games because of that, including their last game vs the Nets which ended with 237 points. They are 14-11 at home on the O/U, and currently have the 9th best ranked offensive efficiency.
The Lakers rank only 20th in efficiency, but they more than make up for it on the offensive end playing the 2nd fastest tempo at 104.1 possessions per game. Adding James and AD will improve their scoring by at least 50 points, so I think backing the over is the correct call here.