The daily preview muscles into the paint with NBA tips as LA Lakers and New York Knicks square off in a vital late-season encounter. 

NBA Tips – Los Angeles Lakers V New York Knicks

12:00 (AEST), Wed 12th May @ Staples Center, Los Angeles

History: Played 321: Lakers 185 V Knicks 136

Last meeting: April 12, 2021: Knicks 111 d Lakers 96 at Madison Square Garden

Final Thoughts: A huge clash as LA Lakers strive to climb out of the Western Conference’s play-in tournament scenario and New York Knicks aim to hang onto their top-four standing in the East.

LeBron James and Dennis Schroder remain sidelined for the Lakers. But Anthony Davis (42 pts, 12 reb) took charge to inspire a 123-110 upset of the high-flying Suns two days ago – just their third win from their past 11.

The 38-30 Lakers are seventh, with the 40-29 Trail Blazers in their sights.

Also sporting a 38-30 record, the Knicks have won 13 of their last 16. They arrested a two-game slide – going down to the Nuggets and Suns – with a 106-100 upset of another West heavyweight, the Clippers, two days ago.

Veteran guard Derrick Rose starred with 25 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists off the bench. Reggie Bullock (24 pts), Julius Randle (14 pts, 14 reb, 5 ast) and RJ Barrett (18 pts, 7 reb, 4 ast) also played prominent roles.

Knicks line up season sweep of Lakers

The Knicks have won nine of their last 13 against the Lakers – including a 111-96 home victory last month.

With LeBron and AD out for the Lakers, Randle (34 pts, 10 reb, 4 ast) was dominant for the Knicks.

The Lakers are 31-36-1 against the line in all games and 14-20 ATS as the home team. They are 19-15 overall at home. The Knicks’ 43-24-1 ATS record in the best in the NBA. They are the second-best road team against the line (22-13), despite being just 16-19 overall away from New York.

Davis’ form surge is enough to have any prospective opponent shaking in their sneakers, but the Knicks have proven themselves regularly enough to back with a healthy start.

Tip: Handicap – Knicks +5.5 @ $1.90

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