The New York Knicks will host the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night from Madison Square Garden. The Knicks are 27-27 on the season currently eighth in the Eastern Conference but just two games out of fourth place. The Lakers are 33-20 currently fifth in the West.
Lakers hanging on despite the leagues most notable injuriesThe Lakers are second in the NBA allowing 105.8 ppg and sixth allowing 45.3% shooting from the field. Offensively the Lakers are 23rd averaging 110.2 ppg and ninth with 47.6% shooting. Currently, the team's two leading scorers, Lebron James, and Anthony Davis are out with extended injuries.
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Dennis Schroder is the leading active scorer averaging 15.2 ppg and Montrezl Harrel is second with 14.6 ppg.
The Lakers are coming off a 126-101 upset over Brooklyn. Andre Drummond led the way with 20 points and 11 rebounds in the victory.
Knicks led by defenseThe Knicks won their second straight game on Saturday night 102-96 against the Raptors. Randle led the team with 26 points. Randle leads the team in 22.8 ppg, 10.7 rebounds, and 6.0 assists on the season.
The Knicks have been led by their defense this season, ranking first in the NBA, holding opponents to only 104.4 ppg, along with the lowest field and three-point league percentage in the league.
Offensively the Knicks are 28th scoring 105.3 ppg and R.J Barret is second scoring 17.6 ppg.
- Lakers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games after a straight up win
- Knicks are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
The Knicks have a lot to play for as they are fighting to stay with-in the top eight teams in the conference. The Knicks hang their hat on the defensive end, and should be able to hold down the Lakers who are missing Lebron James, Anthony Davis, and possibly Kyle Kuzma.
The Knicks have covered the spread in their last five games and should continue that streak tonight.
Full-Game Total Pick
This game features the leagues top two scoring defenses. The Knicks have been able to hold 11 of their last 14 opponents to less than 103 points and have played well at Madison Square Garden. The Lakers have played to the under in 12 of their last 14 games on the road against a team with a home winning percentage above .600.
With five of the last six games for each of these teams falling below the total, I will take the under on Monday.