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Knicks vs Lakers Odds, Spread and Picks – May 11

Quinn Allen

by Quinn Allen in NBA Basketball

May 10, 2021 · 6:18 PM PDT

LA Lakers star LeBron James is expected to return to the lineup on Tuesday against the New York Knicks. (Photo by Prensa Internacional/Zuma Press/Icon Sportswire)
  • The Knicks and Lakers meet at the Staples Center on Tuesday, May 11th
  • New York won the first meeting of the season in April
  • Get the odds, preview, and prediction for this contest below

With the regular season quickly winding down, we’ll have a marquee matchup on Tuesday, May 11th at the Staples Center between the Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks. Tip-off is scheduled for 10 pm EST.

Both teams head into this meeting fresh off victories on Sunday. NY beat the Clippers, while LA surprisingly took down the Suns. The storyline for Tuesday will be the return of LeBron James. He is expected to be in Frank Vogel’s lineup after missing substantial time with an ankle injury.

The Knicks put in work against the Lakers on April 12th at Madison Square Garden, winning 111-96.

Knicks vs Lakers Odds

Team Spread Moneyline at FanDuel Total
New York Knicks +7 (-110) +245 TBD
Los Angeles Lakers -7 (-110) -300 TBD

Odds as of May 10th

Can Knicks Keep it Going?

New York has been a revelation this season, currently sitting in fourth in the Eastern Conference with a 38-30 record. They’re also 7-3 in their last 10 games and are coming off a very impressive win over Kawhi Leonard and co.

What really stood out about this contest was the all-around effort from the entire rotation. Sure, Julius Randle has been the star of the show, typically leading the way for the Knicks. But the first-time All-Star had only 14 points against the Clips.

Meanwhile, veteran guard Derrick Rose had 25, while Reggie Bullock dropped 24. Canadian RJ Barrett also had 18. A clear secret to success on Sunday was limiting the league’s best three-point shooting team to a 34% clip from downtown. New York also shot a perfect 100% from the charity stripe, while Bullock and Barrett combined for nine three-balls which proved to be important in their 18-12 run to close out the third quarter.

This was also the first time they’ve won at the Staples Center since 2010, breaking an 11-year losing drought. Despite Randle’s lack of offensive production, he was a force on the glass, also collecting 14 boards.

Coming into Tuesday, the Knicks are just 16-19 on the road while compiling a 15-13 record vs. Western Conference opponents. After playing the Lakers, NY will finish up the season with a three-game homestand.

LeBron Back For LA

It’s safe to say that Frank Vogel’s team has had very bad luck when it comes to injuries. Anthony Davis missed a total of 30 games with a calf injury, while LeBron was absent for 24 himself. Despite returning for a pair of appearances over a week ago, there was still a sense of discomfort in his ankle.

But, after doing some intense workouts and putting serious pressure on it in the last few days, the King looks finally ready to get back on the court. Per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, James was a full participant in practice on Monday and there’s increased optimism that he’ll take the floor on Tuesday.

This comes at the perfect time for LA. Getting their floor general back after pulling off a terrific road win against Phoenix is an ideal scenario. Anthony Davis is also starting to really find his scoring touch as well, erupting for a team-high 42 points on Sunday.

The Lakers were physical on the boards and very sharp defensively, limiting Devin Booker to just 21 points, while Chris Paul had 13.  For LA, it seems inevitable that the Play-In Tournament is going to be in the cards. They’ve lost the tiebreaker to Dallas and Portland, who both sit above them right now in the final playoff spots.

Despite the road ahead, with James healthy and Dennis Schroder likely back soon as well from COVID-19 protocols, this team is capable of beating anyone. Sunday’s win was also a good sign for them because there’s a growing possibility that Phoenix could be their first-round opponent, depending on how the Play-In shapes up. If they can get it done against them without two of their best players, there’s no telling of what’s possible in the postseason.

Encore in Store for Road Warrior Knicks?

The 7-point spread is pretty generous here and even though James is expected to play, I don’t believe he’ll come out and drop 30 off the bat. The Knicks are 22-13 ATS on the road this season as well.

They’re coming off a really solid performance and although the Lakers will likely come out victorious, New York for an ATS win is a worthy bet. It will be a close game.

Pick: New York Knicks +7 (-110)

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