Lakers vs. Knicks Prediction
The Lakers have lost seven of their last eight games but should have LeBron James back in their lineup on Sunday when they visit the Knicks at 12:00 p.m. ET. Given the issues of both teams, what is the best play on the board for bettors?
12:00 p.m. ET, Sunday, March 17, 2019
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers from online sportsbook BetNow.eu, the Lakers are 4-point favorites to beat the Knicks. The total, meanwhile, sits at 219 points and as of this writing, 53% of the public betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Lakers to cover the point spread.
Los Angeles Lakers Fantasy Spin
Lance Stephenson (toe sprain) is questionable to play on Sunday against the Knicks. Stephenson was held out of the team's game on Friday after being originally listed as probable. If he sits again, Alex Caruson, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and maybe even Andre Ingram will get some extra run at the Garden.
New York Knicks Fantasy Spin
Frank Ntilikina (groin) has been ruled out for Sunday against the Lakers. He is starting to do some on-court work right now, but the Knicks continue to rule him out well before games. If Dennis Smith Jr. (back) can't play, it'll be Kadeem Allen backing up Emmanuel Mudiay.
NBA Betting Trends
The Lakers are just 6-22-1 against the spread in their last 29 games when facing an Eastern Conference opponent.
The Knicks dropped 10 of their last 11 home games at the betting window when facing a team with a road winning percentage of less than .400.
I don’t trust either team and I hate laying points on a road team that has struggled as much as the Lakers have, but every few games LeBron seems to turn it on and the L.A. cruises. With James playing in the Big Apple today, I’ll bank on today being one of those days where we see the Lakers’ best effort. The road team is 6-2 against the spread in the previous eight meetings between these two teams while the Knicks are just 1-4 against the number in their last five games overall. They’re also dreadful at home, covering just 17 times in their last 53 games at Madison Square Garden
Sunday NBA Prediction: Los Angeles Lakers -4