The New York Knicks continue their West Coast swing when they head to Staples Center for NBA betting action against the Los Angeles Lakers on TNT.
The Knicks aren’t exactly off and running on this West Coast trip, as they were clocked by the Golden State Warriors 92-78 last night. The inconsistencies of this team are already showing just two games into the year, because there is a huge difference between putting 106 on a defensive team like the Boston Celtics and only managing 78 against one of the worst defensive teams in the league like the Warriors. New York is turning the ball over far too much right now, and after knocking down half of its three pointers against the C’s, it came on and went just 4-of-19 last night against Golden State. We never really thought that rebounding would be a huge issue once Tyson Chandler came to the Knicks, as he, Amare Stoudemire, and Carmelo Anthony all have the ability to come up with double digits worth of boards on a regular basis, yet the team is being outrebounded by 13 boards per game on average over the course of its first two games of the campaign.
This is the last game in which the Lakers are going to be playing without Andrew Bynum, and that’s a great thing. The offense has been absolutely abysmal over the course of the first three games of the season. In fairness, all three were played on back to back to back nights, but still, this is a Kobe Bryant-led team. Bryant is almost always good for his 25+ a night, and that leaves the rest of the team to just account for 75 points to reach 100. So far this year, Kobe is good for 27.7 points. The rest of the team is only averaging 63.6 points. Getting Bynum back will add another double digit scorer back into the equation, but missing Lamar Odom is definitely hurting for a team that really only has two pure scorers at the moment with Bryant and Pau Gasol. The last time that the Lakers were held down defensively like this was in the Western Conference Semifinals against the Dallas Mavericks. The Mavs didn’t allow the Lakers to score 100 points in any of their games in that series, and it got so frustrating for the boys in purple and gold that they were literally booted out of the playoffs in four games.
New York Knicks @ Los Angeles Lakers Trends: The last time the Knicks won a game in this series was back in 2007 here at Staples Center. Over the last three, the Lakers are 3-0 SU and ATS, and their average margin of victory has been 16.3 points per game. LA has won five in a row in this series by nine points or more. Watch out for the ‘under’ between these two as well. The Knicks are 8-3 for ‘under’ bettors in their last 11 overall, while the ‘under’ is 20-7-2 in LA’s last 29 games against Atlantic Division foes.
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