Lakers vs Knicks predictions 1/22/2020 NBA Picks & Betting Tips
Game: Los Angeles Lakers vs New York Knicks
Date: Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Location: Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles -10
LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers (34-9, 1st in the Pacific Division) are headed to Madison Square Garden on Wednesday where they'll take on the New York Knicks (12-32, 5th in the Atlantic Division). New York opens this matchup as 10 point underdogs. The O/U has been set at 223.
The Lakers are covering 54.8% of the time, having gone 23-19-1 ATS. New York is covering 50.0% of the time, going 22-22-0 against the spread.
Key Los Angeles Lakers Injuries
10/19/19 C DeMarcus Cousins Knee is out for season
Key New York Knicks Injuries
01/20/20 PG Dennis Smith Jr. Oblique is questionable Wednesday vs LA Lakers
01/17/20 SF RJ Barrett Ankle is out indefinitely
LeBron James comes into this game averaging 25.2 points per contest while playing 34.8 minutes per night this year. He grabs 7.6 rebounds per contest and distributes 11.0 assists per game. His FG percentage is 49% while his free throw percentage is 70%. Kyle Kuzma averages 13.2 points per contest in 24.8 minutes per game. He averages 1.0 assists per game and 3.9 rebounds per contest. His field goal percentage is 43% for the season while his free throw percentage is 74%.
Marcus Morris scores 19.0 points per contest while playing 31.9 minutes per game. He hauls in 5.4 rebounds per contest and has 1.5 assists per game on the season. His FG percentage is 44% and his free throw percentage is at 82%. Julius Randle averages 18.9 points per game this year and he sees the court an average of 32.0 minutes per game. He also brings in 9.2 rebounds per game and has 3.2 assists per contest. His field goal percentage is 45% and his free throw percentage is 71%.
Useful Team Statistics
Los Angeles averages 114.0 points per contest, which is 7th in the league. Their average scoring margin is 7.6 and their shooting percentage is 49% as a unit, which has them ranked 1st. From 3-point territory they shoot 36%, which is good for 12th in the NBA. They average 45.6 boards per contest and 26.0 assists per game, which ranks them 15th and 6th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they are 16th with 14.9 per game. The Lakers allow 106.4 points per contest, which is 7th in the NBA. They also surrender a 44% shooting percentage and a 34% average from 3-point range, ranking them 5th and 5th in defensive field goal percentage. Opponents average 42.3 rebounds a game which ranks 3rd, and they allow 22.8 assists per game which puts them in 5th place in the league. They force 15.7 turnovers per game which ranks them 24th in the NBA.
Useful Team Statistics
New York is 28th in the NBA with 104.3 points per contest this season. They are 27th in the league in shooting at 43%, while their average scoring margin is -7.95. They shoot 34% from beyond the arc, which is good for 25th in the league. They are 8th in the NBA in rebounding with 46.1 boards per contest and 29th in assists per game with 21.1. The Knicks are 22nd in turnovers per contest with 13.9. The Knicks give up 112.2 points per game, which ranks them 19th in the league. Their defense surrenders a 46% shooting percentage and a 39% average from behind the 3-point line, ranking them 19th and 30th in those defensive statistics. They rank 16th with 24.4 dimes allowed per game and 24th with 46.6 boards surrendered per contest. The Knicks are 9th in the league in forcing turnovers with 14.2 per contest this year.
The Lakers are 4th in the league in defensive rating with 105.6, and their offensive rating of 113.1 is ranked 3rd. They are 13th in the NBA in pace with 100.6 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 55% is 4th. As a unit they are 5th in the league in true shooting percentage with 58% and they shoot 3-pointers on 34% of their shot attempts, ranking 25th in the NBA. Los Angeles is 15th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.1 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.8 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 50%, which is 27th in the NBA.
New York is 23rd in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.2 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.7 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 54%, which is 4th in the league. The Knicks are 28th in the NBA in offensive rating with 104.9, and their defensive rating of 112.9 is ranked 26th. In terms of pace they are 18th in the league with 99.2 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 49% is 29th. As a team they are 30th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 52% and they shoot 3-pointers on 34% of their shots, ranking 26th in the league.
Who will win tonight's Lakers/Knicks NBA game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take New York +10
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