The NBA is back in action today as the Los Angeles Lakers will clash with the New York Knicks at the Madison Square Garden in the Manhattan. The Lakers are heading into this game after a defeat of 139-107 on the road by the Celtics. And on the other side, the Knicks were better than Cleveland with a score of 106-86.
Los Angeles Lakers Form
The Lakers are one of the best teams in the league this season. However, they have lost their last game against the Celtis in Boston. Yet, they are still on the top spot in the Pacific Division with 4 games over their local rivals the Clippers. Also, they are on the summit in the Western Conference with 4 games advantage over the Nuggets and the Jazz.
On the offensive side of the game, the Lakers scored an average of 114 points per game. And that record is the 7th in the league in scoring. Also, they have an average of 45.6 boards per game combined with 26.1 assists per night.
On the defensive side of the game, the Lakers concede an average of 106.4 points per night which is the 7th defensive record in the league.
New York Knicks Form
The Knicks are not playing good this season. Also, they suffered three defeats in a row before the game against the Cavaliers. The team showed that they have potential in that game as they crushed Cleveland at their home ground. But, the Madison Square Garden team is still on the basement in the Atlantic Division with 17.5 games behind the Raptors for the top spot. Therefore, it is safe to say that the team needs to improve if they want to get something out of the season.
On the offensive side of the game, the Knicks score an average of 104.4 points per game which is enough for the 28th spot in the league in scoring. Also, they have an average of 46.1 boards per game combined with 21.1 assists per night.
Additionally, the Knicks are 19th in scoring defence by allowing 112.2 points per game this season.
The Knicks have a lot of issues this season. And to be completely honest, they are not a team that can threaten the big guns in the league. As for the Lakers, it is safe to say that they are on another level this season. The summer signings have been a pure success and there is more to come from them. Also, they lost their last game. So this game is a perfect chance for them to get back to winning ways. Take L.A to win this one.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Los Angeles Lakers vs. New York Knicks on 1/22/2020 is: take the Los Angeles Lakers (Moneyline)
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