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L.A. Lakers vs. New York Knicks - 01/04/2019 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

The New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers meet Friday in NBA action at the Staples Center.

The New York Knicks could use a feel good victory here that would snap an eight-game losing streak. The New York Knicks are averaging 107.6 points on 43.4 percent shooting and allowing 115.9 points on 47.9 percent shooting. Tim Hardaway Jr. is averaging 20.6 points and 2.9 assists while Enes Kanter is averaging 14.4 points and 10.6 rebounds. Emmanuel Mudiay is the third double-digit scorer and Kevin Knox is grabbing 4.3 rebounds. The New York Knicks are shooting 34.8 percent from beyond the arc and 77 percent from the free throw line. The New York Knicks are allowing 36.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.9 rebounds per game. The New York Knicks have lost their last five road games.

The Los Angeles Lakers could also use a win here after losing six of their last nine games. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 113 points on 47.7 percent shooting and allowing 111.3 points on 44.8 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 27.3 points and 7.1 assists while Kyle Kuzma is averaging 18.3 points and 5.8 rebounds. Brandon Ingram is the third double-digit scorer and JaVale McGee is grabbing 6.9 rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 34.6 percent from beyond the arc and 68.8 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Lakers are allowing 34.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.6 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Lakers have split their last six home games.

The Knicks are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. Western Conference, 35-17-1 ATS in their last 53 Friday games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Lakers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss, 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a straight up loss and 3-12 ATS in their last 15 vs. Eastern Conference. The road team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings. The under is 6-2 in Lakers last 8 overall. The over is 12-4 in Knicks last 16 road games.

No matter how banged up the Los Angeles Lakers are, there's no backing the Knicks in any shape or form. The New York Knicks are being outscored by 10.6 points on the road this season and 15.2 points in their last five games overall. The Knicks are shooting just 40.7 percent from the field in their last five games. It's just brutal performances from the Knicks right now. The Lakers should cruise here no matter who plays.

Pick:
L.A. Lakers -8.5

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