NBA Betting Preview: Lakers at Knicks

New York Knicks logoThe marquee matchup in the NBA for Friday night is in New York as the Knicks host the Los Angeles Lakers (8:05 p.m. ET, ESPN).

The Lakers are in a back-to-back situation as they played in Boston last night, winning 92-86 as 3.5-point road dogs. The Lakers have had some success with no rest and they are facing a New York team that is not playing very well right now.

LA is listed as a 3-point road favorite at and the total is set at 210.5. On the moneyline, the Lakers are -150; the Knicks are +130.

The Knicks have been able to beat top teams like the Spurs and Heat but they have been losing to teams like Sacramento, Phoenix and the Clippers. The Knicks played one of their worst games of the season on Wednesday as they lost at home to the Clippers 106-108 as 7.5-point favorites.

The Knicks are 26-25 overall but they are just 5-11 in their last 16 games. New York is still trying to work a deal for Denver’s Carmelo Anthony and the way they are playing right now the Knicks need all the help they can get.

The Lakers are playing the fourth game of a seven-game road trip. The Lakers have actually been a much better team against the spread on the road (14-12) than at home (10-17) so they are definitely worth considering in this game on Friday night.

Here are some key NBA betting stats for Friday’s game:

The Lakers are 3-1-1 ATS in their last five games playing on no rest. The Lakers are 1-4 ATS in their last five Friday games.

The Knicks are 27-13-1 ATS in their last 41 games overall. The Knicks are 0-4 ATS in their last four vs. the Pacific.

In this series, the Lakers are 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings in New York and the road team is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings.

The under is 19-7-1 in the Lakers’ last 27 vs. the Eastern Conference. The under is 28-13 in the Lakers’ last 41 overall.

The over is 4-0 in the Knicks’ last four home games. The over is 5-1 in the Knicks’ last six overall. The over is 11-3 in the Knicks last 14 vs. the Pacific.

In this series, the over is 9-4 in the last 13 meetings.

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