New York Knicks vs Los Angeles Clippers Prediction, 5/9/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New York Knicks vs Los Angeles Clippers
Date: Sunday, May 9, 2021
Location: STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA
TV: Bally Sports SoCal
STAPLES Center is the venue where and the Los Angeles Clippers (45-22) will take on the New York Knicks (37-29) on Sunday.
The New York Knicks took the court against the Denver Nuggets and ended up losing by a score of 113-97 in their last contest. New York ended the contest with a 38.4% FG percentage (33 of 86) and made 13 out of their 35 shots from beyond the perimeter. At the charity stripe, the Knicks made 18 of their 27 attempts for a percentage of 66.7%. With regard to rebounding, they earned 42 with 6 of them being offensive. They also recorded 18 assists in the matchup as well as forcing 13 turnovers and having 6 steals. In the matter of the defense, New York allowed the other team to go 37.8% from the field on 37 of 98 shooting. Denver dished out 23 dimes and had 13 steals in this matchup. Furthermore, Denver pulled down 64 boards (18 offensive, 46 defensive) and got 10 blocked shots. Denver ended up shooting 81.8% from the charity stripe by knocking down 27 of 33 shots. They buried 12 out of their 39 tries from distance.
Julius Randle is a guy who was a major factor in the matchup. He recorded 14 points on 5 of 15 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 29:38 minutes played and snagged 8 rebounds. Randle finished shooting 33.3% from the floor and totaled 5 dimes. One more player that was a contributor in this matchup for the Knicks was RJ Barrett. He collected 3 rebounds in his 27:58 minutes on the court. He finished shooting 30.8% from the field in this game by shooting 4-of-13 (14 points). At the conclusion of this game, Barrett had accumulated 1 assist.
New York will enter this game with a record of 37-29 for the campaign. The Knicks are hitting 39.1% on shots beyond the perimeter (770 of 1,971) and 77.8% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 107.3 points per contest (25th in the NBA) while going 45.7% from the field. They turn the ball over 13.2 times per game and as a basketball team they are committing 20.5 fouls per game. As a unit, New York is collecting 45.2 rebounds per contest and is sitting with 1,405 assists for the season, which has them ranked 29th in the NBA in terms of passing. On the defensive end, the Knicks are forcing their opponents into 12.8 turnovers per game while drawing 18.0 personal fouls. The Knicks defense is giving up a field goal percentage of 44.2% (2,501 of 5,664) and they surrender 43.8 boards per contest as a squad. They rank 5th in the league in giving up assists with 1,546 relinquished for the campaign. They are surrendering 33.7% on 3-point shots and they rank 1st in the league in opponents points per game (104.7).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Los Angeles Clippers went home victorious with a score of 118-94 when they played the Los Angeles Lakers. The Clippers were able to snag 39 defensive rebounds and 9 offensive boards totaling 48 in this game. They also turned the ball over 22 times, while earning 4 steals for the contest. The Lakers committed 23 fouls for this game which took the Clippers to the charity stripe for 26 shots. They were able to convert 23 of the free throw tries for a clip of 88.5%. Pertaining to shooting from 3-point land, Los Angeles knocked down 13 of 31 tries (41.9%). When all was said and done, the Clippers ended up going 41 for 77 from the floor which had them shooting 53.2%. The Clippers allowed the Lakers to knock down 33 out of their 87 tries from the field which gave them a rate of 37.9% in the game. They wrapped up this game 27.8% from distance by shooting 10 out of 36 and finished the game at 18 of 29 at the free throw line (62.1%). Concerning how they attacked the glass, Los Angeles allowed Los Angeles to grab 34 in total (11 on the offensive glass).
Paul George was important for the Clippers for this game. He converted 8 of 12 for the matchup for a rate of 66.7%, and had 7 rebounds. George scored 24 points in his 30:39 mins of playing time and had 5 dimes in the game. One more player that was pivotal for Los Angeles was Kawhi Leonard. He ended up walking away with 6 assists in his 29:53 minutes played, and he converted 4 of 9 from the floor. Leonard ended the game having shot 44.4% from the field while totaling 15 points and 8 total rebounds.
Los Angeles has a win-loss record of 45-22 so far this season. The Clippers commit 19.5 fouls per game and they hit 83.6% from the free throw line. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 24.4 times per game (17th in basketball) and they turn it over 13.2 times per game. Los Angeles has totaled 7,654 points on the campaign (114.2 per contest) and they pull in 44.2 boards per contest. On the offensive side of the court, the Clippers are shooting 48.3% from the field, which has them ranked 5th in basketball. The Clippers on defense are ranked 5th in the league in points given up per game with 108.0. They have forced 12.8 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 46.4% from the floor (12th in the NBA). The Los Angeles defense surrenders 35.8% on 3-pointers (779 of 2,176) and opponents are converting on 77.8% of their shots from the free throw line. They have relinquished 22.8 assists and 41.1 boards every game, which ranks them 4th and 2nd in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Los Angeles
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