New York Knicks vs. Los Angeles Lakers Prediction: Preview and Pick 2023

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New York Knicks vs. Los Angeles Lakers Prediction

Date: Monday, December 18, 2023

  • Location: Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, CA
  • TV: Spectrum Sportsnet
  • The New York Knicks (14-11) face the Los Angeles Lakers (15-11) at Crypto.com Arena in what promises to be an intriguing matchup.

Previous Performances: The Knicks suffered a loss to the Clippers (122-144) in their last game. Jalen Brunson was a standout performer, contributing 22 points, 6 assists, and 7 rebounds. The team struggled defensively, allowing the Clippers to shoot 56.8% from the field.

The Lakers also faced defeat against the Spurs (115-129). LeBron James played a key role with 23 points and 14 assists, but the Lakers struggled to contain the Spurs defensively, allowing a 49.5% shooting percentage.

Team Stats:

  • New York Knicks: Averaging 114.5 points per game, shooting 46.2% from the field, and forcing 13.6 turnovers per game. They are solid defensively, ranking 9th in points allowed (111.8).
  • Los Angeles Lakers: Scoring 114.0 points per game with a 48.8% shooting percentage. They excel in sharing the ball (27.0 assists per game) but struggle defensively, allowing 113.5 points per game.

Key Factors:

  • New York Knicks: Turnover-prone (13.0 per game) but effective in rebounding (45.2 per game). Dependence on three-point shooting (38.1%).
  • Los Angeles Lakers: Solid offensive performance but need to improve defensively. LeBron James is a key playmaker, averaging 27.5 points and 6.7 assists per game.

Prediction: Considering recent performances, the Lakers may have the edge in offensive firepower, especially with LeBron James leading the charge. However, the Knicks’ three-point shooting could be a factor if they find their rhythm. Expect a closely contested game, but the Lakers might secure the win at home.

Pick: Los Angeles Lakers to win.

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