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New York Knicks vs. Los Angeles Lakers - 11/8/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Los Angeles Lakers (1-4) at New York Knicks (2-4)

NBA Basketball: Sunday, November 8, 2015 at 3:30 pm (Madison Square Garden)

The Line: New York Knicks -4.5 -- Over/Under: 209.5 See the Latest Odds


The Los Angeles Lakers travel to Madison Square Garden to battle the New York Knicks today.

The Lakers will be breathing a little sigh of relief as they were able to snag their first victory of the season after five tries, beating the Nets by 104-98 on Friday. Kobe Bryant led the scoring with 18 points but shot just five of 16 while Jordan Clarkson and D'Angelo Russell chipped in with 16 points each. As a team, the Lakers shot just 42.3 percent from the field, but they did a great job of attacking the rim and getting to the free throw line where they outscored the Nets 31-15. The Lakers are still a major work in progress, but they'll be feeling so much better now that they have their first win of the season. 

New York Knicks vs. Los Angeles Lakers - 11/8/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Meanwhile, the Knicks won two of their first three games to start the season but have since lost three straight. Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 17 points, Derrick Williams had 15 and Kristaps Porzingis had a double double of 14 points and 13 rebounds but the Knicks still lost to the Bucks by 99-92 on Friday. You just get the feeling that the Knicks are close to shaking up their starting lineup as the backcourt combination of Jose Calderon and Sasha Vujacic has really struggled to produce in the team's last three games, so I wouldn't be surprised if Langston Galloway finds his way into the starting rotation soon.

In ATS trends, the Lakers are 9-2-1 ATS in their last 12 games against the Eastern Conference and 1-7 ATS in their last eight games overall, while the Knicks are 7-1-1 ATS in their last nine games following a loss and 0-4 ATS in their last four home games.

Head to head, the Lakers are 2-5 ATS in the last seven meetings overall and 0-4 ATS in the last four meetings in New York.

You couldn't put money on either team and feel too confident about getting it back, because while the Lakers lost their first five games of the season, the Knicks have lost all three of their home games. This really is a coin flip between two struggling teams, so I'm just going with the stats and taking the Knicks to beat the Lakers and cover the spread at home.

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