New York Knicks at Los Angeles Lakers NBA Picks & Predictions 1/4/2019
Friday, January 4, 2019
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The New York Knicks travel to Staples Center to play the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday, January 4, 2019. The opening line for this matchup has Los Angeles as 3.5 point favorites.
The Knicks have a record of 9-29. They are 5th in the Atlantic Division. They have a point differential of -8.3 as they average 107.6 points per game while giving up 115.9 per contest. The Lakers have an overall mark of 21-17. They currently are 3rd in the Pacific Division. They total 113.0 points per contest and give up 111.3, which is a point differential of 1.7.
Valuable New York Knicks Betting Trends
The New York Knicks are 17-20-1 against the spread
The New York Knicks are 21-17-0 against the over/under
Important Los Angeles Lakers Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Lakers are 16-20-1 against the spread
The Los Angeles Lakers are 15-22-0 against the over/under
Key New York Knicks Injuries
10/11/18 F Kristaps Porzingis Knee is out indefinitely
Key Los Angeles Lakers Injuries
12/28/18 PG Rajon Rondo Finger is out indefinitely
12/26/18 SF LeBron James Groin is out indefinitely
12/16/18 SF Michael Beasley Personal is out indefinitely
01/02/19 F Kyle Kuzma Back left last game, is questionable Friday vs New York
Enes Kanter comes into this contest averaging 14.4 points per game while playing 26.4 minutes per night this season. He pulls down 10.6 rebounds per game and dishes out 1.9 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 54% while his free throw percentage currently sits at 84%. Tim Hardaway averages 20.6 points per game in 33.4 minutes per contest this season. He averages 2.9 assists per contest and 3.3 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 40% for the year while his free throw percentage is 85%.
Kyle Kuzma averages 18.3 points per game while playing 32.6 minutes per contest this year. He grabs 5.8 rebounds per game and has 2.4 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 47% and his free throw percentage is at 78%. Lonzo Ball averages 9.4 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 29.7 minutes per contest. He also averages 5.1 rebounds per contest and 5.1 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 41% and his free throw percentage is 45%.
Useful Team Statistics
New York averages 107.6 points per contest this season, which ranks them 22nd in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -8.3 and their shooting percentage is 43% as a team, which has them ranked 29th. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 19th in the league. They average 44.9 rebounds per game and 19.9 assists per game, which ranks them 17th and 30th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 22nd with 13.5 per game. The Knicks allow 115.9 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 27th in the league. They also allow a 48% shooting percentage and a 37% average from behind the arc, ranking them 28th and 25th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 47.5 rebounds a game which ranks 27th and they give up 26.2 assists per contest, which puts them in 29th place in the league. They force 13.6 turnovers per game which ranks them 12th in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
Los Angeles is 8th in the league with 113.0 points per game this year. They are 4th in the league in shooting at 48%, while their average scoring margin is 1.7. They shoot 35% from 3-point range, which is good for 22nd in the NBA. They are 9th in the league in rebounding with 46.6 boards per game, and 15th in assists per contest with 24.5. The Lakers are 4th in turnovers per game with 15.3. The Lakers surrender 111.3 points per contest, which ranks them 19th in the NBA. Their defense allows a 45% shooting percentage and a 35% average from 3-point range, ranking them 7th and 13th in those defensive statistics. They rank 13th with 23.9 assists allowed per contest and 25th with 46.6 rebounds surrendered per game. The Lakers are 17th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 14.1 per game.
The Knicks are 24th in the NBA in offensive rating with 106.8, and their defensive rating of 115 is ranked 29th. In terms of pace they are 12th in the league with 99.7 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 49% is 30th. As a team they are 29th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 53% and they shoot 3-pointers on 32% of their shots, ranking 21st in the league. New York is 24th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 11.7 times per 100 possessions while forcing 11.9 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 55%, which is 2nd in the league.
Los Angeles is 7th in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.2 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 51%, which is 26th in the league. The Lakers are 19th in the NBA in offensive rating with 109.2, and their defensive rating of 107.6 is ranked 8th. In terms of pace they are 3rd in the league with 103.2 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 54% is 4th. As a team they are 13th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 56% and they shoot 3-pointers on 35% of their shots, ranking 16th in the league.
Who will win tonight's Knicks/Lakers NBA game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Los Angeles -3.5
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