The Los Angeles Lakers can ensure a winning record on their seven-game road trip when they visit the New York Knicks on Monday. The reigning NBA champions turned in their best performance since superstar LeBron James was hurt three weeks ago with a 126-101 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday despite playing with a patchwork lineup. New York (27-27) moved back to the .500 mark by knocking off Toronto on Sunday and is trying to wrap up a perfect three-game homestand.
Tip-off is at 7:30 p.m. ET at Madison Square. William Hill Sportsbook lists New York as a two-point favorite while the over-under for total points scored is 205.5 in the Lakers vs. Knicks odds. Before making any Knicks vs. Lakers picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's proven computer model.
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- Lakers vs. Knicks spread: Knicks -2
- Lakers vs. Knicks over-under: 205.5 points
- Lakers vs. Knicks money line: New York -130, Los Angeles +110
- LAL: The Lakers are 17-9 on the road
- NYK: The Knicks are 16-10 at home
Why the Lakers can cover
Despite the injury absences of their top two scorers (James, Anthony Davis) and the ejection of their No. 3 scorer (Dennis Schroder), Los Angeles is coming off its best offensive output since March 16. Two of their most recent acquisitions, Andre Drummond and Ben McLemore, already are paying instant dividends. Drummond has delivered consecutive double-doubles while McLemore scored 17 points Saturday and hit five of the team's 19 3-pointers.
Guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has emerged as a reliable scoring option, reaching double figures in four of five games this month while averaging 15.2 points and knocking down 18 of 32 3-point attempts. Forward Talen Horton-Tucker also has elevated his game of late, registering his second double-double with 14 points and a season-high 11 assists Saturday. The second-year guard is averaging 15.5 points in four games in April.
Why the Knicks can cover
Second-leading scorer RJ Barrett (17.6 points per game) has been instrumental in the last two wins, hitting a tie-breaking 3-pointer in overtime vs. Memphis on Friday and knocking down another huge trey with 34 seconds left in Sunday's victory. He finished one point shy of his fourth straight 20-point game and continued his hot shooting by going 3 of 6 from behind the arc. In his last seven games, Barrett has hit 21 of 32 3-point attempts.
Power forward Julius Randle followed up his triple-double against Memphis by scoring a game-high 26 points and grabbing eight boards Sunday. The No. 7 overall pick of the Lakers in the 2014 NBA Draft, Randle has scored at least 22 points in seven of his last 11 games and is averaging a career-best 22.8 points. New York allows a league-low 104.4 points per game and Sunday's victory marked the fifth time in nine games it held an opponent under 100.
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