Los Angeles Clippers vs New York Knicks Prediction, 1/31/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Los Angeles Clippers vs New York Knicks
Date: Sunday, January 31, 2021
Location: Madison Square Garden in New York, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles (-8.5)
The Los Angeles Clippers (15-5) go to Madison Square Garden on Sunday where they'll meet the New York Knicks (9-11). The odds on this matchup have Los Angeles as 8.5-point favorites. The O/U opens at 210.5.
The Los Angeles Clippers faced off with the Orlando Magic and went home with a win by a final score of 116-90 in their last game. Los Angeles finished the game having earned a 48.9% field goal percentage (46 out of 94) and converted 13 of their 37 shots from distance. At the free throw line, the Clippers converted 11 of 11 attempts for a rate of 100.0%. In relation to rebounding, they collected a total of 49 with 9 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 25 dimes in the game as well as earning 8 steals and 5 blocks. In regard to defending, Los Angeles let their opponent shoot 36.0% from the field on 32 of 89 shooting. Orlando doled out 20 dimes and had 6 steals for the contest. Additionally, the Magic snagged 49 boards (12 offensive, 37 defensive) and added 2 rejections. Orlando finished shooting 88.9% from the free throw line by knocking down 16 of their 18 tries. They converted 10 out of their 33 tries from beyond the perimeter.
Paul George is a guy who came through in this matchup. He accumulated 26 points on 10 of 19 shooting. He played 27:55 minutes played and also snagged 9 rebounds. George finished the game shooting 52.6% from the floor and totaled 5 assists. Another guy that was a determining factor in the matchup for the Clippers was Kawhi Leonard. He grabbed 4 boards and accounted for 3 assists. He shot 53.3% from the floor in this matchup by going 8-of-15 (24 points). When the final whistle blew, Leonard saw the court for 28:35 minutes.
Los Angeles heads into this game with a record of 15-5 for the year. The Clippers are hitting 41.4% from downtown (294 of 710) and 85.0% from the free throw line. They are averaging 113.8 pts per contest (7th in the league) while going 47.7% from the floor. They turn it over 13.7 times per contest and as a group they are committing 19.7 personal fouls every game. As a unit, Los Angeles is collecting 44.0 rebounds per contest and has totaled 494 assists this year, which is 6th in the league in terms of passing the ball. When they are on defense, the Clippers are forcing their opponents into 14.6 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 17.8 personal fouls. They are currently ranked 18th in the NBA in giving up assists to the opposition with 466 conceded for the campaign. The Clippers defense is allowing an opponent FG percentage of 46.0% (292 of 356) and they relinquish 41.2 boards per contest as a unit. They give up 35.7% from beyond the arc while they are 4th in basketball in PPG allowed (106.3).
The last time they took the court, the New York Knicks got the win with a final of 102-81 against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Knicks were able to snag 33 defensive rebounds and 8 offensive boards for a total of 41 in the game. They also rejected 6 attempts while recording 8 steals in the game. The Cavaliers had 20 fouls in the game which got the Knicks to the charity stripe for a total of 16 attempts. They were able to bury 14 of them for a percentage of 87.5%. When it comes to shooting from downtown, New York knocked down 10 of their 27 attempts (37.0%). When the final whistle was blown, the Knicks finished shooting 39 for 80 from the field which gave them a rate of 48.8%. The Knicks permitted the Cavaliers to make 29 of their 84 attempts from the floor which gave them a percentage of 34.5% in this contest. They went 30.8% from three-point range by hitting 8 of 26 and walked away from this one shooting 15 of 18 from the free throw line (83.3%). Concerning rebounds, New York allowed Cleveland to get 43 in all (14 offensive).
RJ Barrett pitched in for the Knicks for this contest. He knocked down 8 out of 19 in this contest for a field goal rate of 42.1%, which had him finishing with 24 points. Barrett totaled 4 boards in his 39:49 minutes of playing time and had 2 assists in this contest. An additional guy who was a determining factor for New York was Julius Randle. He racked up 16 points in his 35:09 mins on the court by way of 7 out of 13 shooting in this contest. Randle ended up shooting 53.8% from the floor and also earning 6 assists and 8 total rebounds.
New York has a record of 9-11 for the season. New York has 2,031 points so far this season (101.6 per contest) and they grab 47.1 rebounds per game. The Knicks commit 21.1 fouls per contest and they go 75.9% from the free throw line. As an offense, the Knicks are hitting on 44.4% from the field, which has them ranked 25th in the NBA. They are earning an assist 21.1 times per contest (29th in the NBA) and they turn it over 14.1 times per game. The Knicks on the defensive end are ranked 1st in the NBA in points per game surrendered with 102.7. The New York defense concedes 31.3% on shots from 3-point land (237 of 756) and their opponents are knocking down 75.1% of their shots from the charity stripe. They relinquish 22.1 dimes and 45.9 rebounds on a nightly basis, which ranks 2nd and 19th in basketball. They are able to force 11.8 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 42.6% from the floor (1st in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Los Angeles (-8.5)
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