Knicks vs. Lakers Prediction & Odds
The sixth-seeded New York Knicks travel to Los Angeles to take on the 9th-seeded Lakers on ESPN Sunday night at 9:00 PM ET. Can the Knicks cover the 2-point spread as road underdogs?
The New York Knicks are 39-30 on the season. They are 7-3 in their last 10 games. The Knicks are 37-29-3 ATS on the year.
The Los Angeles Lakers are 33-34 on the season. They’re 7-3 in their last 10 games. The Lakers are 33-33-1 ATS on the year.
Game Matchup & Betting Odds
543 New York Knicks (+2) at 544 Los Angeles Lakers (-2); O/U 228
9:00 PM ET, Sunday, March 12, 2023
Crypto.com Arena, Los Angeles, CA
Knicks vs. Lakers Public Betting Information
Our NBA Public Betting Information page indicates that 80% of public bettors are currently backing the Knicks +2 in this contest. Note that these numbers are subject to change, so be sure to check the link to receive the most up-to-date public betting data.
New York Knicks DFS Spin
New York point guard Jalen Brunson missed the Knicks’ last game against the Clippers on Saturday with a left foot contusion. He’s officially listed as questionable for Sunday’s tilt with the Lakers. Brunson has been one of New York’s best players this season as he’s putting up 23.8 points and 6.1 assists per game in 34.9 minutes per contest this year.
For a DFS sleeper at shooting guard, consider Jalen Brunson’s former Villanova teammate Josh Hart. In 11 games with New York, Hart is averaging 11 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.3 steals, and 1.4 made three-pointers per game. He has been shooting extremely well since the trade, converting 62.3% of his field goals and 62.5% of his three-point attempts as a Knick. Hart likely won’t start Sunday, but he’s averaging 29.2 minutes per game off the bench for New York this season.
Los Angeles Lakers DFS Spin
Lakers superstar LeBron James will miss Sunday’s game with a foot injury. James hasn’t played since February 26th and he’ll likely be out until the end of March. James is the Lakers’ leading scorer with 29.5 points per game this season.
Both Anthony Davis and D’Angelo Russell are probable for Los Angeles on Sunday. Davis had been dealing with a right foot stress injury and Russell had an ankle injury. If I had to pick one for DFS purposes, I’d choose Anthony Davis. Since LeBron James went out, Davis has recorded at least 28 points in 4 out of 5 games. He will likely see a massive amount of touches and shot attempts against the Knicks on Sunday.
Knicks vs. Lakers NBA Betting Trends
New York is 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games against a team with a losing straight-up record.
Los Angeles is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Sunday games.
Los Angeles is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games.
Los Angeles is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Knicks vs. Lakers NBA Prediction
The New York Knicks are in the middle of a tough west coast road trip because Madison Square Garden was being used for college basketball’s Big East Tournament. The Knicks have already lost games to the Sacramento Kings and Los Angeles Clippers on said road trip. They play the Lakers on Sunday, then head up to Portland to face the Blazers on Tuesday. It’s quite possible they could go 0-4 on this road trip as they fall victim to the grind of the NBA regular season.
It’s worth monitoring the status of New York’s Jalen Brunson as he’s one of their best players. If he can’t go that’s a significant loss for the Knicks. For the Lakers, the return of D’Angelo Russell has really helped. Russell had missed over two weeks with a right ankle injury, but he was stellar in his return to the lineup Friday, pouring in 28 points in a 122-112 Lakers win over the Raptors. I think the combination of D’Angelo Russell and Anthony Davis will be too much to handle for the Knicks Sunday, so I’ll lay the points with the Lakers at home.
NBA BETTING PREDICTION: LOS ANGELES LAKERS -2