The Los Angeles Lakers will be on the road this Thursday night, December 13, as they head to the Big Apple for a betting matchup against the New York Knicks that is set to take place at Madison Square Garden, with tip off schedule for 8:05 PM EST.
The Oddsmakers have set the line listing the home team Knicks as a -6 point favorite, while posting the over/under total at 206 1/2 points.
The Lakers enter play tonight on a three-game losing streak and now sit with just nine straight up wins compared to 13 losses on the season. Against the spread they are a poor 9-13, including 3-6 when playing away from the Staples Center. As an underdog, the Lakers have covered just once in six chances this season.
Meanwhile, the Knicks are off to a sensational start with a 16-5 straight up record, including a stellar 7-1 against the spread when playing at home this season. They are the fifth best scoring team in the league on offense, averaging more than 102 points a night. Defensively they give up fewer than 96 points a night, which is ranked in the top ten of the NBA.
The Lakers are just 5-12 ATS in their last 17 games played at home and 5-16 against the spread in their last 21 games played against teams in the Eastern Conference.
They have stayed under the posted total in four of their last five games played on the road.
New York is 28-6 against the spread in their last 34 games played at home and 4-1 ATS in their last five games played on a Thursday.
They have gone over the posted total in five of their last seven games played overall.
The Lakers are in total disarray, while the Knicks couldn’t be playing any better – especially at home. I expect the Knicks to make a statement tonight against the Lakers for the straight up win and point spread cover.
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