Los Angeles Lakers vs. New York Knicks
The Lakers didn’t play LeBron James or Anthony Davis in their matchup against the Nets. However, those two are expected to play against the Knicks tonight.
The Knicks are dealt a much more difficult hand here. Although the Lakers have lost three of their last four, Los Angeles is competitive with James and Davis on the floor. The Lakers are getting to the foul line at a solid rate throughout the season and limiting turnovers. However, the Lakers aren’t earning a high rate of offensive rebounds and are taking lower-quality shots than the average team.
The Knicks have done well limiting quality looks, holding teams to an effective field goal percentage of 53.2%. New York won’t get a ton of turnovers and aren’t impressive on the defensive glass, but New York should at least be able to limit the Lakers from getting good looks.
On the other hand, the Knicks probably don’t get enough credit offensively. The Knicks have scored 116.7 points per 100 possessions and limit turnovers at a top-five rate in the NBA. The Knicks earn close to 32% of offensive rebounds and get to the foul line at an above-average rate.
Still, the Lakers have kept teams off the glass well and should at least limit the Knicks on the offensive glass a little bit. Let’s back the Under 231.5 in this one.
Bet: Under 231.5 (-110)
Los Angeles Clippers vs. Chicago Bulls
The Clippers should have more help tonight against the Bulls. In their previous game, Kawhi Leonard and Paul George were out. Anyway, the Clippers are still scoring below-average points per 100 possessions. They’re also bottom ten in turnover percentage, offensive rebounding percentage, and 19th in free throw rate offensively.
The Bulls have done an excellent job defensively this year, holding teams to 25.4% offensive rebounds and just 113.4 points per 100 possessions.
On the other hand, the Bulls have done a better job limiting turnovers, and while they won’t earn a ton of offensive rebounds or free throw attempts, the Bulls are still shooting an effective field goal percentage of 55.1%.
I’ve got the Bulls covering at home.
Bet: Bulls +2.5 (-115)