Is the Under the play when the New York Knicks visit the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night?
New York Knicks (10-26) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (29-7)
Tuesday, January 7 at 10:30 PM ET (NBA TV), STAPLES Center
Knicks Fall in LA
Paul George was supposed to sit out for the Clippers last Sunday but he ended up playing and the Knicks lost a close one 135-132 against the Clippers.
The Lakers are just 5-6-1 ATS when laying at least 10 points this season and the Knicks are playing better since firing David Fizdale but I like the total.
The Knicks have been in Los Angeles since Sunday and the Under might be worth a look. The total is just 7-7 in New York’s 14 games with Mike Miller – not the former player – in charge but the Under is 21-15 for the Lakers.
Marcus Morris exploded for a game-high 38 points on 13 of 19 shooting and 6 of 7 from beyond the arc against the Clippers. The Lakers rank seventh in the league, allowing opponents to shoot just 33.9 percent from 3-point range. They have to keep Morris in check, he has been the Knicks’ best player this season and not letting him go off from deep can help us cash our bet.
Mitchell Robinson (plus-3.1 Defensive Box Plus/Minus) had just eight points in 22 minutes against the Clippers. I wouldn’t be upset if he struggles on offense again but we need his defense against Anthony Davis (plus-3.7 Offensive Box Plus/Minus).
The Lakers have won their last five games, including four at the STAPLES Center. AD (plus-3.5 Defensive Box Plus/Minus) and JaVale McGee (plus-4.7 Defensive Box Plus/Minus) combined for 14 of the team’s 20 blocks in the 106-99 win against the Pistons and a similar effort against the Knicks is not out of the question.
Reasons to Back the Under
The Lakers rank fourth in the NBA in defensive efficiency at 102.2 points allowed per 100 possessions and they’re tied with the Bulls for No. 12 in pace (102.8 points per 100 possessions).
The total for this game opened at 219.5 and Lakers fans have come in and bet the Over, driving it to 221. Hopefully you take this total at 221 in case it drops before tip-off. With the Knicks in town since Sunday, hopefully they experienced LA’s famous nightlife a bit too much.