Lakers vs Knicks: Teams limping down the stretch meet when the Los Angeles Lakers visit the New York Knicks on Sunday. The Lakers (31-38) have lost two in a row and are 2-8 over the past 10 games, while the Knicks (13-56) have dropped eight straight since a two-game winning streak. Sunday’s tipoff is set for noon ET from Madison Square Garden. The Knicks won the first meeting of the season
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The Lakers have dominated the all-time series with the Knicks, which dates back to 1948. Los Angeles holds a 167-121 edge. Although the Lakers have struggled mightily at times, they are still among the league’s best in some statistical categories, including second in points in the paint (3,854), sixth in field-goal percentage (.475) and ninth in rebounds (46.2).
LeBron James (27.4 ppg), who sat out Friday’s loss at Detroit with a groin injury, has been hot. He scored 29 at Toronto on Thursday, 36 at Chicago on Tuesday and had 30 against Boston on March 9. Center JaVale McGee (11 ppg) scored 20 at Detroit and was a big factor against the Knicks in the first meeting, scoring 18 points.
But just because Los Angeles has historically had success against New York doesn’t guarantee it will cover the Lakers vs. Knicks spread on Sunday afternoon.
That’s because since the 2014-15 season, the Knicks have won seven of nine in the series and six of the past seven played in New York. New York is led by Dennis Smith Jr. (14.6 ppg), who missed Friday’s game at San Antonio with a sore back and is listed as questionable for Sunday. Smith scored 18 points against the Kings on March 9, one of 36 games this season in which he has reached double figures.
Point guard Emmanuel Mudiay (14.2 ppg) had 21 at Indiana Tuesday and scored 15 in the first meeting with the Lakers, while forward Kevin Knox (12.3 ppg) had 16 at Indiana and 14 against the Lakers. Knox ranks fifth in 3-point field goals made, seventh in scoring and ninth in rebounds among NBA rookies. He has had nine 20-point performances and one 30-point game.Two teams sitting outside the playoff places of their respective conference are clashing today, when the New York Knicks (13-56), are hosting the Los Angeles Lakers (31-38), with both teams having lost their last eight and two games respectively and are looking to end those losing streaks today.
In their previous meeting earlier this season the Knicks won on the road with a 112-119 score. Knicks have a 6-26 home record, while the Lakers are 13-22 on the road. Lakers are better offensively, scoring 111.8 ppg to Knicks’ 105 and both teams are almost equal defensively, allowing 113.6 and 113.8 ppg each. Lakers have a better field goal percentage (47.4% to 43.1%), while Knicks have a better 3-point percentage (34.3% to 33.1%). Knicks are better in turnovers committed (13.3 to 15.2),
while Lakers are better both in boards grabbed (46.2 to 44.8) and in dimes made (25.2 to 19.9). Vegas odds give the Lakers a -4.5 spread for this game and expect them to beat the odds against the weakest team in the league this season.When the New York Knicks bought out his contract, several NBA teams expressed interest in acquiring veteran center Enes Kanter, including the Los Angeles Lakers. After trading Michael Beasley and Ivica Zubac to the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for Mike Muscala before the February NBA trade deadline, the Lakers created a roster spot that they could use to add a player on the buyout market. Unfortunately, instead of joining the Lakers, Kanter decided to sign with the Portland Trail Blazers.