- Los Angeles is giving 5 points in the Knicks vs Clippers odds on Saturday afternoon
- New York has dropped two straight following its season-long nine-game winning streak
- Check out the latest Knicks vs Clippers odds here, plus injury updates and best bets
Saturday’s NBA slate starts early, as the Knicks and Clippers tip-off just after 4 pm ET. That matchup, combined with all of the college hoops from Saturday’s conference tournament slate, gives every basketball fan in the country a perfect excuse not to leave their couch.
Online sportsbooks are siding with LA in the NBA odds, completing ignoring the form New York flashed over the past couple weeks.
Knicks vs Clippers Odds
|New York Knicks||+5 (-110)||+170||OFF|
|LA Clippers||-5 (-110)||-200||OFF|
The Clippers are currently favored by 5 points, in a contest without a total as of Friday evening. The crypto.com Arena will play host to this game, and it will mark the second and final meeting between these two teams this season.
Odds as of March 10 at DraftKings Sportsbook.
Knicks vs Clippers Betting Trends
Both LA and New York are comfortably inside the top-six in their respective conferences in the NBA playoff bracket. The Clippers are fresh off back-to-back wins, which followed an ugly five-game losing streak.
Defense was the primary issue during their skid, which is not something you’d expect from this group of players. Whatever was bothering them at that end of the floor was rectified prior to their last outing, as they completely neutralized the Raptors. LA held Toronto to just 100 points, and below 40% from the field. It was the first time they’ve limited an opponent to a sub-40% field goal percentage since late November.
At the other end of the floor, Kawhi Leonard and Paul George combined for 47 points, highlighted by this outrageous Kawhi slam.
KAWHI WITH AUTHORITY 🔨 pic.twitter.com/n1OxpbMsMg
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) March 9, 2023
The duo helped lead the Clippers to a 55% field goal percentage, marking the third straight game they’ve shot above 50%. They’ve put up some ridiculous offensive numbers over the past nine games, scoring 124 or more points five times. LA ranks ninth in offensive rating during that stretch, averaging 117.9 points per 100 possessions.
Speaking of offensive rating, no team was better in that metric than the Knicks during their nine-game winning streak. New York was averaging 124.6 points per 100 possessions during that stretch, but have cooled off after dropping two straight.
The Knicks are fresh off a 122-117 loss at Sacramento, in a game where they shot just 41.6%. The good news looking ahead is that New York doesn’t need to shoot a high percentage from the field in order to be successful. That’s because they do so many of the other little things right.
New York is top-10 in free throw percentage, while they commit the league’s fifth-fewest turnovers. Only one team gobbles up more offensive rebounds, giving themselves plenty of second and third-chance opportunities.
The big-three of Jalen Brunson, Julius Randle and RJ Barrett enter the game averaging 69 points per game, while the team is also getting major production from Immanuel Quickley, Josh Hart and Isaiah Hartenstein. Now, if only the Knicks can get their defense to be as efficient as their offense.
Knicks vs Clippers Predictions
New York ranks 16th in defensive rating for the season. They’ve allowed 118 or more points in four of their last five, including in each matchup during that stretch versus a playoff calibre opponent.
They’ve managed to clamp down on lesser opposition over the last month, but LA does not fall into that category. These two teams met back on February 4th, with the Clippers shooting 48% from the field and 43% from three en route to an overtime victory.
That game was a back-and-forth affair, and one that saw New York rally from 17 points down in the fourth to force the extra frame. The Knicks rarely get blown out and have been exceptional covering spreads as an underdog. New York is 20-14-1 ATS when catching points, including a 15-9 ATS mark as road dogs.
A look at last month's leaders 📊 pic.twitter.com/zNFrv3M7HQ
— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) March 1, 2023
They boast the league’s eighth-best cover percentage, beating the number by an average of 2.5 points per game, the second-best mark in the NBA.
The Clippers meanwhile, have been far from spread crushers recently. They’ve covered just twice in their past seven outings, and only four times in their last 12 contests.
Given how well New York is playing offensively, expect them to keep this game close. They’re certainly a live ‘dog to win outright as well, but we’ll simply take the points.
Pick: New York Knicks +5 (-110)
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