Lakers vs. Knicks: Preview, Predictions and Betting Picks
On Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021, the Los Angeles Lakers (9-9) are playing the New York Knicks (9-8) at Madison Square Garden. Heading into this matchup, the Lakers are 6-12 against the spread in the 2021-22 NBA regular season, whereas the Knicks are 7-10 against the spread. BetUS odds are available below.
Los Angeles Lakers vs. New York Knicks odds, predictions, picks and game preview
Start time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Location: Madison Square Garden; New York, New York
TV channels: Spectrum SportsNet, TNT, NBA League Pass
Radio broadcast: WEPN, KSPN/KWKW-LAL
Live stream: YouTube TV (seven-day free trial; save $50 off first month), fuboTV (seven-day free trial)
ESPN’s Basketball Power Index: Knicks have a 72.5% probability of winning
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Los Angeles Lakers vs. New York Knicks news
According to Land of Basketball’s database, the Lakers and Knicks have played one another in 293 regular season games all-time. Los Angeles is 170-123 versus New York. Plus, in the previous three head-to-head meetings, the Lakers are 2-1 against the Knicks. On May 11, 2021, the last time these teams met during the regular season, Los Angeles defeated New York 101-99 at Staples Center. However, in these teams’ past 10 head-to-head performances, they are 5-5 overall.
For tonight’s game, Lakers forward LeBron James will be serving his one-game suspension for striking Pistons center Isaiah Stewart in the face in the third quarter of Sunday’s matchup. Byron Spruell, the President of League Operations for the NBA, left a comment on the topic: “LeBron James has been suspended one game without pay for recklessly hitting Stewart in the face and initiating an on-court altercation.” For many fans, the length of the suspension is disputable. A few NBA analysts have mentioned that LeBron should have received a multi-game suspension.
From the NBA: “LeBron James has been suspended one game without pay for recklessly hitting Stewart in the face and initiating an on-court altercation, it was announced today by Byron Spruell, President, League Operations.”
James will serve the suspension Tuesday night (at NYK).
— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) November 22, 2021
Los Angeles Lakers vs. New York Knicks betting lines and odds
Point spread: Knicks -4.5 (-110)
Best moneyline: Lakers +165, Knicks -180
Los Angeles Lakers vs. New York Knicks injury report
Lakers: SF Trevor Ariza (out indefinitely) | SF LeBron James (out) | C Anthony Davis (probable) | PG Kendrick Nunn (out indefinitely) | SG Austin Reaves (doubtful)
Knicks: PG Derrick Rose (questionable) | C Taj Gibson (doubtful) | C Mitchell Robinson (out)
Not ideal with LeBron already out. https://t.co/bAvOpumIm0
— Lakers Nation (@LakersNation) November 23, 2021
Injury Report (11/23 vs. LAL): Questionable – Derrick Rose (sore right ankle); Doubtful – Taj Gibson (sore groin) and Out – Mitchell Robinson (concussion protocol).
— NY_KnicksPR (@NY_KnicksPR) November 22, 2021
Los Angeles Lakers vs. New York Knicks preview
Furthermore, in the Lakers’ 121-116 road win over the Pistons on Sunday, forward Anthony Davis led his team in points and rebounds, amassing 30 points and 10 rebounds in 40 minutes played. Guard Russell Westbrook closed out his showing with 26 points, 9.0 rebounds and 10 assists in 35 minutes of action. In the third quarter, forward LeBron James was ejected for elbowing Pistons center Isaiah Stewart in the face.
Plus, Stewart was also ejected for aggressively pursuing James. Afterwards, James was issued a one-game suspension, while Stewart was given a two-game disciplinary action. In this game, the Lakers shot 45-for-92 (48.9%) from the field and 10-for-31 (32.3%) from three-point range. Additionally, Los Angeles out-rebounded Detroit 51 to 39. This victory snapped their three-game losing streak. They are now 2-4 away and 2-4 ATS away.
Meanwhile, on Monday, in the Knicks’ 109-103 road loss to the Bulls, forward Julius Randle scored a team-high 34 points in 39 minutes on the court. Alec Burks ended his performance with 13 points and 3.0 rebounds in 29 minutes played, too. While New York did outscore Chicago 48 to 40 in the paint, they struggled to hit their long-range jumpers.
The Knicks shot 35-for-84 (41.7%) from the floor and 7-for-27 (25.9%) from behind the arc. In addition to finishing with more turnovers, the Knicks were outscored 37 to 29 in the fourth quarter. After this loss, New York has now lost six of the team’s past 10 games. They are 4-5 at home and 3-6 ATS at home this season.
Projected starting lineup
Lakers: PG Russell Westbrook | SG Avery Bradley | SF Talen Horton-Tucker | PF Carmelo Anthony | C Anthony Davis
Knicks: PG Kemba Walker | SG Evan Fournier | SF RJ Barrett | PF Julius Randle | C Nerlens Noel
Los Angeles Lakers vs. New York Knicks prediction
Moreover, the total for tonight’s interconference battle is set at 214.5. Per the spread consensus, approximately 62% of gamblers are hoping the Lakers will cover the spread at Madison Square Garden. Concerning the point total consensus, 65% of bettors are predicting the total will go under 214.5. Thus far, Los Angeles is 7-4 as a selected favorite, 2-5 as an underdog and 2-4 ATS away, whereas New York is 7-6 as a favorite, 2-2 as an underdog and 3-6 ATS at home.
For key betting trends, the Lakers are 6-14 ATS in their past 20 performances. The total has gone over in four of the team’s last five games as well. Nonetheless, the Lakers are 1-5 ATS in their previous six contests versus the Knicks. Finally, Los Angeles is 6-3 straight up in the team’s last nine matches versus Eastern Conference opponents, and they are 0-5 ATS in their previous five games against Atlantic Division opponents.
As for the Knicks, they are 1-5 ATS in their last six performances this season. Also, the total has gone under in seven of the team’s previous seven games. However, the total has gone over in seven of their past 10 contests against the Lakers. Next, the team is 4-11 SU in their last 15 games against Pacific Division opponents, and they are 1-5 ATS in their previous six matches played in November. In summary, pick the Knicks to win and cover the spread at home.
Los Angeles Lakers vs. New York Knicks betting pick
Pick the Knicks to win at home, they will cover the spread and the total will go under 207. New York is a four-point favorite with BetUS.
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