The Los Angeles Clippers are battling for seeding entering the NBA Playoffs and face a team in a similar predicament when they host the New York Knicks on Sunday afternoon. The Clippers (45-22) have a 1.5-game edge over the Denver Nuggets for the third seed in the Western Conference, while the Knicks (37-30) are a half-game ahead of Atlanta for fourth place in the East. Los Angeles continued its domination in the series by winning the first matchup 129-115 in New York on Jan. 31, marking its fifth consecutive victory and 15th in 16 games against the Knicks.
Tip-off is at 3:30 p.m. ET at the Staples Center. William Hill Sportsbook lists the Clippers as 7.5-point favorites, while the over-under for total points scored is 214.5 in the latest Knicks vs. Clippers odds. Before you make any Clippers vs. Knicks picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's proven computer model.
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- Knicks vs. Clippers spread: Clippers -7.5
- Knicks vs. Clippers over-under: 214.5 points
- Knicks vs. Clippers: Clippers -300; Knicks +250
- NYK: The Knicks are 15-3 against the spread in their last 18 games
- LAC: The Clippers last lost at home to New York on Nov. 20, 2010
Why the Knicks can cover
New York opened the six-game road trip with lopsided victories at Houston and Memphis before coming back to earth against the Nuggets and Suns. Leading scorer Julius Randle did have a double-double (24 points, 11 rebounds) in Friday's loss at Phoenix, but he was 1-of-10 from behind the arc in the past two games after connecting on 27-of-45 3-point attempts in the previous six contests. He had 27 points and 12 boards vs. the Clippers in January.
Second-year guard RJ Barrett, averaging 17.7 points, eclipsed 20 for the fourth time in seven games on Friday and has hit at least three 3-pointers six times in that span. With double-digit scorers Alec Burks (knee) and Immanuel Quickley (ankle) unlikely to play, the Knicks will lean on a defense that allows the fewest points (105.1) in the league. New York holds opponents to an NBA-low 33.9 percent from 3-point range, while the Clippers lead the league at 41.7 percent.
Why the Clippers can cover
Los Angeles finally snapped out of its offensive doldrums by shooting 53.2 percent in Thursday's 118-94 victory over the Lakers, halting a four-game streak in which the Clippers failed to score more than 105 points. All five starters and seven players scored in double figures for Los Angeles, led by Paul George with 24 points. George has scored at least 20 points in 12 of the last 13 games, notching at least 30 seven times in that span.
Leading scorer Kawhi Leonard (25.0 points per game) has not done much offensively since returning from a nine-game absence due to a foot injury. He has not scored more than 16 points in each of the three games since rejoining the lineup but still managed to stuff the stat sheet with 15 points, eight rebounds and six assists against the Lakers. Leonard led the Clippers past the Knicks in the last meeting with a game-high 28 points.
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