New York Knicks vs. Los Angeles Clippers - 1/5/20 NBA Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: New York Knicks vs Los Angeles Clippers
Date: Sunday, January 5, 2020
Location: Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA
TV: Fox Sports Prime Ticket
Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles -9.5
Lou Williams and the Los Angeles Clippers (25-11, 2nd in the Pacific Division) host the New York Knicks (10-25, 5th in the Atlantic Division) at Staples Center on Sunday, January 5, 2020. Los Angeles opens this matchup as 9.5 point favorites. The total is set at 218.
The Knicks are covering the spread 51.4% of the time, having gone 18-17-0 ATS. Los Angeles is covering 58.3% of the time, going 21-15-0 against the spread.
Key New York Knicks Injuries
No key injuries to report
Key Los Angeles Clippers Injuries
01/03/20 PG Patrick Beverley Elbow is downgraded to OUT Saturday vs Memphis
01/03/20 SF Paul George Hamstring is downgraded to doubtful Saturday vs Memphis
Julius Randle comes into this contest averaging 18.7 points per game while playing 32.0 minutes per night this season. He pulls down 9.1 rebounds per game and dishes out 3.3 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 45% while his free throw percentage currently sits at 70%. Marcus Morris averages 18.5 points per game in 31.6 minutes per contest this season. He averages 1.5 assists per contest and 5.6 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 43% for the year while his free throw percentage is 85%.
Lou Williams averages 19.1 points per game while playing 30.3 minutes per contest this year. He grabs 3.1 rebounds per game and has 6.2 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 41% and his free throw percentage is at 85%. Kawhi Leonard averages 25.3 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 31.7 minutes per contest. He also averages 7.6 rebounds per contest and 5.2 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 45% and his free throw percentage is 89%.
Useful Team Statistics
New York averages 103.9 points per contest this season, which ranks them 29th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -7.2 and their shooting percentage is 43% as a team, which has them ranked 27th. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 23rd in the league. They average 46.6 rebounds per game and 21.1 assists per game, which ranks them 7th and 29th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 21st with 14.3 per game. The Knicks allow 111.1 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 17th in the league. They also allow a 46% shooting percentage and a 38% average from behind the arc, ranking them 18th and 29th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 46.4 rebounds a game which ranks 22nd and they give up 23.8 assists per contest, which puts them in 13th place in the league. They force 13.9 turnovers per game which ranks them 7th in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
Los Angeles is 5th in the league with 115.3 points per game this year. They are 12th in the league in shooting at 46%, while their average scoring margin is 7.0. They shoot 36% from 3-point range, which is good for 11th in the NBA. They are 3rd in the league in rebounding with 48.0 boards per game, and 18th in assists per contest with 23.4. The Clippers are 7th in turnovers per game with 15.8. The Clippers surrender 108.3 points per contest, which ranks them 13th in the NBA. Their defense allows a 43% shooting percentage and a 34% average from 3-point range, ranking them 4th and 9th in those defensive statistics. They rank 4th with 22.5 assists allowed per contest and 13th with 45.3 rebounds surrendered per game. The Clippers are 21st in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 15.5 per game.
The Knicks are 27th in the league in defensive rating with 112.1, and their offensive rating of 104.8 is ranked 22nd. They are 23rd in the NBA in pace with 98.8 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 49% is 28th. As a unit they are 30th in the league in true shooting percentage with 52% and they shoot 3-pointers on 35% of their shot attempts, ranking 22nd in the NBA. New York is 21st in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.6 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.5 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 53%, which is 11th in the NBA.
Los Angeles is 10th in the league in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.5 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.4 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 50%, which is 27th in the NBA. The Clippers are 5th in the league in defensive rating with 105.3, and their offensive rating of 112.1 is ranked 5th. They are 8th in the NBA in pace with 102.6 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 53% is 15th. As a unit they are 9th in the league in true shooting percentage with 57% and they shoot 3-pointers on 36% of their shot attempts, ranking 20th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's Knicks/Clippers NBA game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take New York +9.5
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