Knicks vs Lakers Prediction - NBA Picks 12/18/23

Los Angeles Lakers (16-11) vs New York Knicks (14-11)

Game Info: Monday, December 18, 2023 at 10:30 pm (Crypto.com Arena)

Betting Odds: Los Angeles Lakers -4.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

The New York Knicks need a win after losing 4 of their last 6 games. The Los Angeles Lakers need a win after losing 2 of their last 3 games. Let’s preview this game and give out a New York Knicks vs Los Angeles Lakers prediction.

New York Knicks Betting Preview

The New York Knicks beat the Raptors and Suns last week, while losing to the Jazz and Clippers. The New York Knicks are averaging 114.5 points on 46.2 percent shooting and allowing 111.8 points on 48 percent shooting. Jalen Brunson is averaging 25.5 points and 3.9 rebounds, while Julius Randle is averaging 22.4 points and 9.4 rebounds. RJ Barrett is the third double-digit scorer and Immanuel Quickley is grabbing 3 rebounds. The New York Knicks are shooting 38.1 percent from beyond the arc and 75 percent from the free throw line. The New York Knicks are allowing 37.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.2 rebounds per game.

New York Knicks Player Facts

  • Jalen Brunson ranks 8th amongst qualified players for 3P% (45.8%) this season.
  • Julius Randle is one of only 10 qualified players in the league averaging at least 20.0 points, 5.0 assists and 5.0 rebounds this season.

Los Angeles Lakers Betting Preview

The Los Angeles Lakers lost to the Mavericks last week while splitting two games against the Spurs. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 114 points on 48.8 percent shooting and allowing 113.5 points on 45.6 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 25.2 points and 7.5 rebounds, while Anthony Davis is averaging 23.9 points and 12.5 rebounds. D’Angelo Russell is the third double-digit scorer and Austin Reaves is grabbing 4.8 rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 35 percent from beyond the arc and 75.7 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Lakers are allowing 37.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.6 rebounds per game.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Lakers rank 1st in the league for opponent free throw attempts per game this season (18.7).
  • The Lakers rank 2nd in the league for opponent free throws made per game this season (14.5).
  • The Knicks rank 1st in the league for opponent rebounds per game this season (40.6).
  • The Knicks ranks 1st in the league for rebound percentage this season (52.7%).

New York Knicks vs Los Angeles Lakers prediction

The New York Knicks have shown time and time again that they can compete with just about any team in the league, and their offense has been impressive over the last week or so despite the losses. The Los Angeles Lakers are coming off a terrible loss to the Spurs, and now they're dealing with injuries across the board. LeBron James, Anthony Davis, D'Angelo Russell, Cam Reddish and others are dealing with something. I'll take a shot with the free buckets and the Knicks here.

Randy’s Pick New York Knicks +4.5

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