The Los Angeles Clippers (25-12) square off against the New York Knicks (10-25) at the Staples Center. The game starts at 3:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, January 5, 2020, and will air on FSN Prime Ticket.
New York Knicks at Los Angeles Clippers Betting Prediction
In the Knicks’ last matchup, they were beaten by the Phoenix Suns, 120-112, and were unable to cover as 7-point underdogs. The total points for the game (232) came in over the O/U total of 223.5. Phoenix’s turnover percentage was their biggest advantage over New York. The Suns had a rate of 8.7 (better than their season average of 12.3), while the Knicks posted a mark of 12.5. New York’s Julius Randle had a solid performance, recording 13 points and 13 rebounds.
The Clippers got blown out by the Memphis Grizzlies in their last contest, 140-114, despite being 13-point favorites. The game’s total points (254) were well over the projected point total of 223.5. Memphis was successful at getting and making free throws. The Grizzlies made 24 of their 28 free throws (85.7 percent), while the Clippers were 17-22 (77.3 percent). Montrezl Harrell put together a solid performance for Los Angeles, leading both teams in scoring with 28 points on 11-for-16 shooting.
Los Angeles could dominate on the defensive side of the ball as they face off against one of the league’s worst offenses. The Clippers rank fifth in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.502), while New York is 28th in effective field goal percentage (0.492).
New York heads into the contest with records of 10-25 straight up (SU) and 17-17-1 against the spread (ATS). Vegas tends to place the total high when the Knicks are involved, as 60.0 percent of their games have finished under the projected point total.
Meanwhile, Los Angeles is 25-12 SU and 20-15-1 ATS. Games featuring the Clippers also tend to finish under the O/U total (55.6 percent).
After the Clippers won both meetings against the Knicks last season, this will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. In the last game, Los Angeles won 124-113. Los Angeles had a much better turnover percentage (7.3 vs. 12.6). New York, meanwhile, had a better offensive rebounding percentage (30.2 vs. 27.9).
Knicks at Clippers Betting Pick
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Los Angeles ranks third in rebounds per game (48.1) while New York ranks 23rd in rebounds allowed per game (46.4).
Los Angeles ranks 18th in assists per game (23.3) while New York ranks 29th (21.1).
The Clippers rank 18th in three pointers attempted per game (32.5) while the Knicks rank 26th in three pointers allowed per game (35.2).
Los Angeles is 11-6-1 ATS at home, while New York is 10-8 ATS on the road.
Over its last five games, New York is 3-2 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs.
Los Angeles is 3-2 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs over its last five games.
The Knicks have outscored opponents by an average of 5.8 points in their last five games. On the season, New York has been defeated by an average of 7.2 points.
During their last five games, the Clippers have scored an average of 112.6 points per game (2.7 below their season average) and allowed an average of 113.0 points per game (3.8 above their season average).