Jan 20, 2022; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks guard RJ Barrett (9) drives to the basket against New Orleans Pelicans guard Josh Hart (3) during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
The Clippers face the Knicks on Sunday
New York is a 4-point home favorite
Find the odds, betting analysis, and prediction below
The Los Angeles Clippers continue their East Coast road swing on Sunday afternoon as they visit Madison Square Garden to take on the New York Knicks. The tip-off is scheduled for 1 PM EST.
LA is coming off a massive comeback win over the Philadelphia 76ers, but they’re just 4-6 in their last 10 games. The Knicks meanwhile, have lost three in a row and most recently fell to an atrocious New Orleans Pelicans team on Thursday night.
This is the first meeting between these two teams in 2021/22, but they both collected a victory each in two matchups last season.
Clippers vs Knicks Odds
Los Angeles Clippers
Ov 206.5 (-110)
New York Knicks
Un 206.5 (-110)
Odds as of January 22nd at FanDuel.
Although New York is a 4-point home favorite here, all of their losses on this current cold streak have come at MSG.
Clippers Will be Confident
While their record across the last couple of weeks isn’t great, the Clippers are playing a lot better lately. They pushed the Nuggets to the absolute brink in an overtime loss on Wednesday and then beat the 76ers on Friday after overcoming a 24-point third-quarter deficit.
LA kept nipping away at Philly’s lead, outscoring the Sixers 54-47 in the second half. It was truly an all-around solid performance from the entire rotation, with the starting five all finishing in double-figures. Reggie Jackson led the charge with 19 points and nine assists while Nic Batum also dropped 15. Jackson ultimately sealed the deal for the Clips with a pair of clutch free throws with 18.2 seconds left in the fourth.
The Comeback Clips.
Yesterday’s game is just the fourth instance in the NBA this season that a team has comeback to win a game when trailing by at least 24 points. pic.twitter.com/bn5eIg04WP
— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) January 22, 2022
There really wasn’t any notable area where Ty Lue’s squad thrived, it just simply came down to their will to keep fighting. A victory of this stature is undoubtedly going to be a huge confidence-booster for the depleted Clips, who are trying to stay afloat without their two best players in Paul George and Kawhi Leonard. Heading into New York against a struggling Knicks team, LA will be looking to take advantage and ride the high.
Knicks Will Get Much-Needed Cam Reddish Boost
Tom Thibodeau’s squad is in the midst of a forgettable campaign, but the squad will receive a boost as the newly-acquired Cam Reddish will make his Knicks debut on Sunday after they traded for him last week from the Atlanta Hawks. His ability to shoot the three-ball at an efficient rate (38% clip) should give New York a little bit more offensive variety.
Cam Reddish on playing for Tom Thibodeau:
“He’s really competitive, intense competitor, detail-oriented. I’m still trying to learn, I really am. I’m still trying to figure it all out.” pic.twitter.com/tro8RQAN7O
— Knicks Videos (@sny_knicks) January 22, 2022
The Knicks have been downright brutal this week, losing to the Hornets, Timberwolves, and even the Pelicans on Thursday. That pushed their home record to a dismal 11-14, which certainly isn’t going to please the MSG faithful.
There were some decent contributions against New Orleans, with the likes of RJ Barrett, Immanuel Quickley, and Quentin Grimes all making an impact. But their franchise star, Julius Randle, was downright awful, collecting a mere four points in 29 minutes of action.
Evan Fournier, Julius Randle and Kemba Walker shot a combined 18.2% (4-22) from the field tonight
— Knicks Stats (@NY_Knicks_Stats) January 21, 2022
NY also shot just 24% from downtown and 38% overall, while draining only 67% of their attempts from the charity stripe. Their shooting woes certainly played a huge part in the result along with dreadful defense. The game was in reach at half, but the Knicks allowed the Pels to go on a 32-12 run in the third quarter, which resulted in a flurry of boos raining down.
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Clippers vs Knicks Prediction
The Knicks look hopeless right now, there is no other way to put it. They can’t find their stroke and without Randle playing up to par, it’s tough to see them coming out victorious here. The Clippers are in much better shape at the moment and will be poised to keep winning on this eight-game road trip. I’m taking LA on the moneyline.
Pick: Clippers +148