Teams limping down the stretch meet when the Los Angeles Lakers visit the New York Knicks on Sunday. The Lakers (31-38) have lost two in a row and are 2-8 over the past 10 games, while the Knicks (13-56) have dropped eight straight since a two-game winning streak. Sunday’s tipoff is set for noon ET from Madison Square Garden. The Knicks won the first meeting of the season 119-112 on Jan. 4 in Los Angeles, the only victory in a 27-game span for New York at the time. Los Angeles is a 4.5-point favorite in the latest Lakers vs. Knicks odds, while the over-under for total points scored is 220. Before making any Lakers vs. Knicks picks of your own, be sure to check out the NBA predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.
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The Lakers have dominated the all-time series with the Knicks, which dates back to 1948. Los Angeles holds a 167-121 edge. Although the Lakers have struggled mightily at times, they are still among the league’s best in some statistical categories, including second in points in the paint (3,854), sixth in field-goal percentage (.475) and ninth in rebounds (46.2).
LeBron James (27.4 ppg), who sat out Friday’s loss at Detroit with a groin injury, has been hot. He scored 29 at Toronto on Thursday, 36 at Chicago on Tuesday and had 30 against Boston on March 9. Center JaVale McGee (11 ppg) scored 20 at Detroit and was a big factor against the Knicks in the first meeting, scoring 18 points.
But just because Los Angeles has historically had success against New York doesn’t guarantee it will cover the Lakers vs. Knicks spread on Sunday afternoon.
That’s because since the 2014-15 season, the Knicks have won seven of nine in the series and six of the past seven played in New York. New York is led by Dennis Smith Jr. (14.6 ppg), who missed Friday’s game at San Antonio with a sore back and is listed as questionable for Sunday. Smith scored 18 points against the Kings on March 9, one of 36 games this season in which he has reached double figures.
Point guard Emmanuel Mudiay (14.2 ppg) had 21 at Indiana Tuesday and scored 15 in the first meeting with the Lakers, while forward Kevin Knox (12.3 ppg) had 16 at Indiana and 14 against the Lakers. Knox ranks fifth in 3-point field goals made, seventh in scoring and ninth in rebounds among NBA rookies. He has had nine 20-point performances and one 30-point game.
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