Lakers vs. Knicks NBA Prediction
The Knicks are only a 3-point home favorite versus the visiting Lakers on Monday night but they’re also playing the second game of a back-to-back after beating the Raptors on Sunday night. Will New York cover?
553 Los Angeles Lakers (+3) at 554 New York Knicks (-3); o/u 205.5
7:30 p.m. ET, Monday, April 12, 2021
Venue: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
Los Angeles Lakers DFS Spin
Marc Gasol (hamstring), Kyle Kuzma (calf), and Wesley Matthews (Achilles) are being listed as questionable for Monday's matchup with the Knicks. All these guys missed Saturday's game, which resulted in Talen Horton-Tucker getting the start with more minutes falling to Alfonzo McKinnie and Ben McLemore. It'll be more of the same if they're out again tomorrow night, and both Gasol and Matthews are safe to leave on the waiver wire.
New York Knicks DFS Spin
Julius Randle shot 4-of-12 from the field and 6-of-9 from the line on Friday, but still triple-doubled with 15 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists in a comeback OT victory vs. Memphis. Randle said after Wednesday's game that his bruised right thigh is "fine" and was having "no impact ... at all" on his game. It's hard to avoid speculating about the lingering impact of the injury, though, considering he came in shooting just 40.4% in his previous seven games, including 31.1% from deep (his lone 3-pointer tonight was a dagger in OT). The percentages have dragged down his fantasy value in 8-cat and 9-cat, but he's still top-50 on the season and should regain his offensive rhythm soon -- assuming he's truly "fine" health-wise. Poor percentages or not, it's hard to complain about a triple-double.
Lakers vs. Knicks Betting Prediction
The Lakers are 2-7 against the spread in their last nine games in New York, while the Knicks are 4-0 against the spread in their last four games overall. The Knicks are also 8-1 against the number in their last nine games as a home favorite, are 20-8 against the spread in their last 28 games as a favorite either home or on the road, and are 4-0 at the betting window in their last four games when playing the second game of a back-to-back set.
NBA BETTING PREDICTION: NEW YORK KNICKS -3