Los Angeles Clippers vs. New York Knicks - 11/27/13
New York Knicks (3-10) at Los Angeles Clippers (10-5)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Clippers -10 -- Over/Under: 206 See the Latest Odds
Carmelo Anthony hopes to carry the New York Knicks to a win over the Los Angeles Clippers tonight.
Boy, the Knicks have seriously been struggling lately. They've won just three games all season and are coming off their sixth straight loss after losing to the Blazers by 102-91 on Monday. Carmelo Anthony looked practically unguardable and had himself 34 points and 15 rebounds, but other than 16 points from Andrea Bargnani, Anthony received next to no scoring help. I was most disappointed with JR Smith who scored just six points and was basically a non-factor but it's not like he could have changed the outcome because the Knicks fell behind by 22 points early and never really threatened to make it a game.
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On the other hand, the Clippers have won seven of their last nine and are coming off a massive 121-82 rout of the Bulls on Sunday night. Jared Dudley led the team in scoring with 21 points, JJ Redick added 19 and Chris Paul added 16 points and 17 assists. As a team, the Clippers shot a blistering 58.5 percent from the field while holding the shorthanded Bulls to just 39.5 percent shooting. However, perhaps the most impressive thing was how the Clippers closed out the game with a 25-9 fourth quarter which really put the exclaimation point on their big night.
In ATS trends, the Knicks are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games following a loss of more than 10 points and 0-6 ATS in their last six games overall, while the Clippers are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games following a win and 1-4 ATS in their last five games against a team with a losing record.
Head to head, the Knicks are actually 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings in LA and 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings overall.
The Knicks have really been struggling with all the injuries they've had to endure so you can understand why the Clippers will be licking their lips at this opportunity. Melo will once again score over 30 points but unless JR Smith can score 30 himself, I don't see how the Knicks can stay within 10 points here. I'm taking LA all the way.