The Knicks Can Win
The Lakers are completely banged up. This is a team that was bad to begin with but will now be without even more key ingredients. Pau Gasol is doubtful for Tuesday’s game and that adds to a list that already includes Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, Jordan Farmar and Xavier Henry. The Knicks are essentially playing a Developmental League team. This should be easy for them normally but right now, they’re playing their best basketball of the season with eight wins in their last nine. Meanwhile, the Lakers have dropped seven of nine while failing to cover the spread in six of those games.
Take the Knicks with your sports picks as this should be smooth sailing for them.
The Lakers Can Win
The Knicks aren’t exactly a reliable team – especially on the road. The Knicks are just 13-20 in road games and 8-17 in non-conference games. Do you really want to be laying points on the NBA odds knowing those numbers? Sure, the Knicks have won eight of nine but that followed a streak where they lost seven straight. They definitely have a good shot to make the playoffs in the East but it doesn’t really mean much. The Knicks are out in the first round regardless.
The Lakers have won 13 of the last 17 times they’ve hosted this series. That’s why there’s some value with them here for your NBA picks.
Outlook & Pick
There’s some added spice to this game as Phil Jackson, now a member of the Knicks from office, faces the former team he coached while Mike D’Antoni, the current Lakers head coach, squares off with his former team.
The Knicks have to be the pick here. They have more to play for as they’re fighting for a playoff spot, they’re healthier and they have more momentum.
NHL Pick: Knicks -6 at Bovada