Free Picks - L.A. Lakers vs New York Knicks

Jordan Sharp

Monday, February 6, 2017 4:52 PM UTC

Monday, Feb. 6, 2017 4:52 PM UTC

Both the Lakers and Knicks have been struggling lately and that could lead to a high-scoring game tonight. Neither team plays defense and the Knicks have allowed about 110 points per game to fast-paced teams this season.

 L.A. Lakers vs New York Knicks


Against teams that play in the top 10 in the league in pace, the Knicks are allowing nearly 110 points per game this season. While the Lakers have not been great on offense by any means, they should be getting back a healthy Julius Randle tonight and without Joakim Noah, the Knicks have very little rim protection.

That’s why, despite some of our recent failures betting the over, I have very much not learned my lesson. If this game fails to go over, I will reassess my strategy, but with the Lakers allowing over 112 points per game on the road, I love the over here.

The Knicks haven’t been much better on defense lately. They have cashed the over in four of their last five games and are allowing an average of 113.4 points per game during that stretch.

The first time these two teams met up this season, it too was a track meet game with the over easily cashing. Now the total is up to 221 points from the 217 it closed at in their first meeting, but either way, it looks like a strong play.

Against those same opponents who play at the top of the league in pace, the Knicks have cashed the over at only 7-10 this season, but they have cashed the over in seven of their last 11 and four of their last five home games.

 Free NBA Pick: Over 222½ Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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