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New York Knicks vs. L.A. Lakers - 3/17/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
L.A. Lakers at New York Knicks
Date & Time Sunday March 17, 2019, 12:00 PM (EDT)
Location
Madison Square Garden
New York City, NY
The Line
The Line: New York +4.5 -- Over/Under 220
TV Channel
SPEC, MSG
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The Los Angeles Lakers and the New York Knicks do battle at Madison Square Garden on Sunday afternoon.

The Los Angeles Lakers have been in a world of hurt as they've lost seven of their last eight games and they will be looking to avoid a third straight defeat after falling short against the Pistons in a 111-97 road loss on Friday. JaVale McGee led the team in scoring with 20 points and 13 rebounds, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 17 points off the bench while Rajon Rondo racked up 15 points with eight rebounds and seven assists. As a team, the Lakers shot just 41 percent from the field and six of 25 from the 3-point line as they managed just 40 points in the first half before their defense allowed the Pistons to pour on 65 points in the second half. Brandon Ingram has been ruled out for the rest of the season while LeBron James was simply rested on Friday, so he should be ready for Sunday. With the loss, Los Angeles fell to 31-38 overall and 13-22 on the road. 

Meanwhile, the New York Knicks have been in a slump of their own as they will be hoping to put a halt to an ugly eight-game skid after getting blown out by the Spurs in a 109-83 road loss on Saturday. Damyean Dotson led the team with 21 points on nine of 19 shooting, Kadeem Allen added 16 points while DeAndre Jordan chipped in with 11 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists. As a team, the  Knicks shot just 40 percent from the field and eight of 20 from the 3-point line as they never threatened after falling behind by double-digits in the first quarter. With the loss, New York fell to 13-56 overall and 7-30 on the road. 

Looking at the betting trends, the Lakers are 1-7 ATS in their last eight road games, 3-10-1 ATS in their last 14 games against a team below .400 and 1-7 ATS in their last eight games overall. The Knicks are 5-1 ATS in their last six games following a loss of more than 10 points, 17-36 ATS in their last 53 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall.

Head to head, the over is 5-0 in the last five meetings, the road team is 6-2 ATS in the last eight meetings and the Lakers are 2-5 ATS in the last seven meetings in New York.

You couldn't find two teams in worse form at the moment as both the Lakers have been struggling with injuries while the Knicks just can't buy a win these days. This looks like a great spot for the Knicks to snap their losing streak with an upset here, but I expect James to suit up after being rested on Friday which should be enough for the Lakers to escape with a narrow win and cover here.

 

Pick:
Los Angeles -4.5
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