Christmas Day Special: NY Knicks Vs. LA Lakers

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The New York Knicks will be on the road this Christmas Day December 25, as they head to Tinsel Town for an NBA betting matchup against the Los Angeles Lakers that is set to take place at the Staples Center, with tip off schedule for 3:00 PM EST. The Oddsmakers have set the line to the advantage of the home team in this contest, listing the Lakers as a -4 point favorite, while posting the over/under total at 212 1/2 points. The Knicks enter this matchup having covered just one of their last five games overall. However, they are a sensational 20-7 straight up and have been one of the surprise teams in the NBA so far this season. As an underdog, New York has covered the spread four out of five chances this season. They score an average of 102.6 points a night, which is 6th best in the association. The Lakers have all of a sudden won four games in a row and are starting to look like perianal contenders. At home, they have produced six ATS wins compared to eight losses and as a favorite they are a modest 10-10 in twenty games so far this season. Los Angeles is right there with New York in average points scored, with 102.6 a night. Betting Trends The Knicks have won four of their last five games straight up on the road and 11 of 14 overall. They have kept the final score under the posted total in four of five games versus the Lakers. The Lakers are only 9-23 against the spread in their last 32 games played following a straight up win and 7-18-1 ATS versus Eastern Conference opponents. The Lakers have gone over the posted total in 13 of their last 18 games following an ATS win. Prediction Yes, this is a home game on Christmas Day for the Lakers; and yes, the Lakers have won four straight games and seem poised to turn things around. But, New York has been a powerhouse this season and should be totally ready to take on the Lakers in this contest. Knicks +4 Follow us on Twitter @ bballbet PJ Laferla is a practicing freelance writer, professional handicapper, and the founder of SportsInput.com. If you are interested in hiring PJ Laferla for freelance writing or for winning picks against the spread, please submit all inquires to PJ@sportsinput.com.