Clippers vs. Knicks - 12/31/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Knicks (5-28) at Los Angeles Clippers (21-11)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 6:00 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Clippers -13 -- Over/Under: 206.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: MSG, FSW2
The New York Knicks and Los Angeles Clippers meet Wednesday afternoon at the STAPLES Center.
The New York Knicks have lost eight straight games and are wrapping up a three-game road trip. On the season, the Knicks are averaging 94.6 points on 44.8 percent shooting and are allowing 101.4 points on 46.1 percent shooting. Carmelo Anthony is averaging 24.1 points and 6.7 rebounds while Tim Hardaway Jr. is averaging 11.1 points on 39.1 percent shooting. Jose Calderon is dishing 4.3 assists and Iman Shumpert is grabbing 3.4 rebounds. The New York Knicks continue to struggle with the new triangle offense, as they’re shooting just 43.2 percent from the field and 27.6 percent from deep in their last five games. The Knicks have lost 14 straight when scoring less than 100 points. J.R. Smith and Amar'e Stoudemire are questionable with injuries.
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The Los Angeles Clippers continue to look for consistency as they’ve split their last 10 games. On the season, the Clippers are averaging 106.1 points on 47.2 percent shooting and are allowing 100.9 points on 46 percent shooting. Blake Griffin is averaging 22.9 points and 7.8 rebounds while Chris Paul is averaging 18.1 points and 9.4 assists. Jamal Crawford is shooting 41.7 percent from the field and DeAndre Jordan is grabbing 13.8 rebounds. The Los Angeles Clippers continue to struggle defensively, as they’re allowing teams to shoot 40.9 percent from downtown in their last five games. However, the Clippers have topped 100 points in nine of their last 10 games, which has allowed them to hang around. The Clippers are a solid 13-4 SU at home, which includes wins in nine of their last 10 tries.
The Knicks are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Clippers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Knicks are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Los Angeles and the road team is 10-3 ATS in the last 13 meetings.
It may finally be time to give up on the Knicks even if they're getting a crazy amount of free points. New York simply has no offense besides Carmelo and that's good when going up against a Clippers team that can drop 120 at the drop of a hat. Give me the Clips and the chalk here.