The New York Knicks aim to halt a three-game losing skid on Sunday afternoon. The Knicks welcome the Los Angeles Clippers to Madison Square Garden for a matinee tilt with plenty on the line. The Clippers are 23-24 this season, with New York slipping to 22-24 as a result of the losing streak. Paul George (elbow) and Kawhi Leonard (knee) are out for the Clippers. Kemba Walker (knee) and Nerlens Noel (knee) are questionable for New York, with Derrick Rose (ankle) ruled out and Cam Reddish (ankle) listed as probable.
Tip-off is at 1 p.m. ET in New York. Caesars Sportsbook lists the Knicks as four-point favorites at home, while the over-under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 205.5 in the latest Clippers vs. Knicks odds. Before making any Knicks vs. Clippers picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's proven computer model.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Clippers vs. Knicks and locked in its picks and NBA predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model's picks. Here are several NBA betting lines and trends for Knicks vs. Clippers:
- Clippers vs. Knicks spread: Knicks -4
- Clippers vs. Knicks over-under: 205.5 points
- Clippers vs. Knicks money line: Knicks -170, Clippers +145
- LAC: The Clippers are 10-10 against the spread in road games
- NYK: The Knicks are 11-14 against the spread in home games
Why the Clippers can cover
The Clippers are very good on defense, and the Knicks struggle in a few areas on offense. L.A. ranks in the top eight of the NBA in defensive efficiency, allowing only 1.07 points per possession to opponents. The Clippers hold the opposition to 44.2 percent shooting, also in the top eight, and L.A. is No. 3 in 3-point shooting allowed at 32.7 percent. The Clippers are No. 2 in the NBA in free throw attempts allowed, giving up only 18.2 per game, and L.A. allows only 23.6 assists per game.
The Clippers generate 14.1 turnovers per game on defense and, in the possession battle, L.A. should also benefit from New York's bottom-five mark in defensive havoc creation. The Knicks are No. 28 in the NBA in steals on defense, with bottom-tier marks in assists, field goal percentage and free throw percentage on the offensive side.
Why the Knicks can cover
New York's defense is excellent in key areas, and L.A. struggles on offense. The Knicks are in the top five of the NBA in field goal percentage allowed (44.0 percent) and two-point percentage allowed (51.1 percent) to opponents. New York also allows only 20.4 free throw attempts per game, a top-10 mark in the league. The Knicks are near the top of the NBA in points allowed in the paint (41.7 per game), fast break points allowed (11.2 per game) and blocked shots (5.0 per game), positioning well to take advantage of the Clippers' weaknesses.
L.A. has a below-average shooting profile, making fewer than 45 percent of field goal attempts, and the Clippers are also No. 28 in free throw creation. The Clippers are in the bottom five in both offensive rebound rate and defensive rebound rate, giving the Knicks a potential edge in the possession battle with second-chance opportunities.
How to make Clippers vs. Knicks picks
SportsLine's model is leaning under on the total, projecting 213 combined points. The model also says one side of the spread hits almost 60 percent of the time. You can only see the model's pick at SportsLine.
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