The New York Knicks (39-30) and Los Angeles Lakers (33-34) meet Sunday at Crypto.com Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET (ESPN). Below, we analyze Tipico Sportsbook’s lines around the Knicks vs. Lakers odds, and make our expert NBA picks and predictions.
The Knicks failed to cover the spread as 5.5-point underdogs Saturday in a 106-95 loss at the Los Angeles Clippers. G Immanuel Quickley scored a team-high 26 points with G Jalen Brunson (foot) sidelined.
The Lakers covered as 3-point underdogs Friday in a 122-112 win vs. the Toronto Raptors. G D’Angelo Russell finished with a team-high 28 points for the Lakers, who won their 3rd straight game without F LeBron James (foot).
This is the 2nd meeting this season between these teams. The Lakers covered as 2-point road underdogs in a 129-123 overtime win as the Over (231) cashed Jan. 31.
Knicks at Lakers odds
Provided by Tipico Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a full list. Lines last updated at 2:50 p.m. ET.
- Moneyline (ML) : Knicks +130 (bet $100 to win $130) | Lakers -150 (bet $150 to win $100)
- Against the spread (ATS) : Knicks +3.5 (-115) | Lakers -3.5 (-105)
- Over/Under (O/U) : 225.5 (O: -115 | U: -105)
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Knicks at Lakers key injuries
- C Anthony Davis (foot) probable
- F LeBron James (foot) out
For most recent updates: Official NBA injury report.
Knicks at Lakers picks and predictions
Lakers 115, Knicks 105
BET LAKERS (-150).
Los Angeles has learned how to win without James and is 4-1 in its last 5 games. The Knicks have lost 3 straight and there are questions surrounding Brunson’s health. Even though James is out, the Lakers have less uncertainty in their lineup and have been the better team lately.
BET LAKERS -3.5 (-105).
For those who don’t want to lay -150 on the moneyline, the Lakers should be able to win by multiple possessions. Los Angeles has been performing above expectation at Crypto.com Arena lately and is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 home games. Look for the Lakers to get 1 step closer to a postseason berth vs. a Knicks team that is just 2-5-1 ATS in its last 8 games vs. teams with a losing record.
BET UNDER 225.5 (-105).
The Under is 6-1 in Los Angeles’ last 7 home games and 4-0 in the Lakers’ last 4 at home vs. teams with a winning road record. Los Angeles is 1st in defensive efficiency over its last 3 games and the Under has gone 6-2-1 in its last 9 contests. The Knicks scored just 95 points last time out and the Lakers’ improved defense should be able to contain New York and help the Under hit Sunday.
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