The New York Knicks (37-30) travel to Staples Center Sunday to play the Los Angeles Clippers (45-22) at 3:30 p.m. ET tip-off. Below, we analyze the Knicks-Clippers odds and lines, with NBA picks and predictions.
New York has gotten drubbed in back-to-back games by two of the top-4 Western Conference teams in the Denver Nuggets (113-97, Wednesday) and Phoenix Suns (128-105, Friday).
The Knicks are only 2 games in front of the 7-seed Boston Celtics with six to play and seeds 7-10 participate in the postseason play-in tournament.
The Clippers dominated the Los Angeles Lakers 118-94 Thursday for their second straight win, snapping a five-game non-cover streak and following a three-game losing skid from April 26-May 1.
L.A. handled the Knicks 129-115 at Madison Square Garden in the first meeting this season and the Clippers extended their winning streak against New York to five games.
Knicks at Clippers: Odds, spread and lines
- Money line: Knicks +240 (bet $100 to win $240) | Clippers -300 (bet $300 to win $100)
- Against the spread/ATS: Knicks +7.5 (-110) | Clippers -7.5 (-110)
- Over/Under: 214.5 (O: -110 | U: -110)
Knicks at Clippers: Key injuries
- SG Alec Burks (knee) doubtful
- SG Immanuel Quickley (ankle) doubtful
- C Mitchell Robinson (foot) out
- PF Serge Ibaka (back) out
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Knicks at Clippers: Odds, lines, predictions and picks
Clippers 112, Knicks 108
Money line (ML)
PASS with a slight “lean” to the Knicks (+240) because I “like” New York plus the points, and that payout is very juicy.
However, the Clippers have scored 124 or more points in five straight wins against New York, and we’ve seen two elite offenses have success vs. the Knicks on their West Coast road swing.
It would be very surprising to see New York find a way to win this one if it turns into a shootout especially if they are missing two quality 3-point shooters in Burks and Quickley.
Against the spread (ATS)
BET the KNICKS +7.5 (-110) for 1 unit because the Clippers are typically sluggish in daytime games, and the Knicks has been a covering machine this year.
For instance, L.A. is just 2-6 ATS in day games, and New York has an NBA-best ATS record (42-24-1 ATS) with the best spread differential (plus-4.3 points).
Also, the Knicks need this game a lot more than the Clippers do as New York is in trouble of sliding into play-in territory while L.A. will most definitely finish either third or fourth in the West.
Slight “LEAN” to the OVER 216.5 (-110) for a one-third unit because the Clippers have the best 3-point shooting percentage in the league, the Knicks are fifth, and their first meeting this season went Over the total by 33.5 points.
My hesitancy, however, is due to both teams being top-7 in defensive 3-point shooting percentage and the early West Coast start time. L.A. is 2-6 O/U in day games and, again, New York is missing two 3-ball specialists.
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