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Clippers Seek Tenth Straight Over Knicks

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Updated: .March 20, 2017

By Charles Jay

The Los Angeles Clippers have defeated the New York Knicks nine straight times, so it is usually not a pleasant trip west for the team that is now being run by Phil Jackson, who has experienced so much glory at the Staples Center, which is the site of Monday night’s game, which is set to begin at 10:35 PM ET. America’s Bookie customers can watch the game on TNT and use either of two “Live Betting” options in their sportsbook interface.

The Clippers have registered those wins over the Knicks by an average of 16 points, but the last meeting (February 8) was no cakewalk, as they needed 32 points from Blake Griffin to get away with a 119-115 victory. The Knicks were shooting very well that night, at 50%, and unquestionably that is what kept them in the game. The Clippers and Knicks have both allowed about 45% from the field this season.

The Knicks have had the benefit of three days off coming into this game, as they will play the Clippers, Jazz, Blazers and Spurs on this road trip. The Clippers played on Saturday but got a bit of a breather, as they inflicted a 108-78 beating on the Cleveland Cavaliers, who decided to sit LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving for the evening.

In the NBA betting odds that have been posted on this game, the Clippers are favored by double digits, something that might be expected:

Los Angeles Clippers -11 (-105)
New York Knicks +11 (-115)

Over 215.5 points -110
Under 215.5 points -110

Chris Paul missed all eight of his field goal attempts against the Cavaliers, and we know that is not likely to happen again. We also know that Carmelo Anthony has not been shooting well. The Knicks’ leading scorer, averaging a shade under 23 points a game, has hit just 38% of his shots in the month of March, and like a lot of guys who can’t seem to exist unless they get a lot of shots, he can be forced into throwing up one bad shot after another.

The Knicks’ second-leading scorer, Kristaps Porzingis, may or may not play here, because a bad thigh that he says is still “pretty tight.” He sat out four nights ago against the Brooklyn Nets, as the Knicks lost their second game in a five-day stretch against the league’s worst team. Porzingis has been pretty liberal in his statements lately, admitting that this grouping of players hasn’t really had any chemistry all year. Of course, that would seem to be a slight toward Jackson, who went out and acquired the likes of Joakim Noah and Derrick Rose in the off-season, in what he thought might help give the Knicks as solid a lineup as anyone in the East outside of Cleveland. It hasn’t worked out that way, mostly because Rose has not been the playmaker Jackson envisioned.

The Triangle offense Jackson advocates may have become a problem as well, because head coach Jeff Hornacek has never worked with it before, yet Jackson insists on keeping it a regular staple of this team, to the extent that he has even rolled up his sleeve and worked with the guards in practice. This may only serve to confuse this team, as the two Brooklyn losses have come since then. And of course, there are the rumors that Rose and Noah will be gone after the season, along with Anthony, who is not happy with the Knicks’ situation.

At least the Clippers have been functional at times lately, although they have covered just four of their last 13 games. They have shot well, with 50% or more from the floor in six of the last ten games. They are more likely to generate some effective offense, especially as they have a genuine chemistry-builder in Paul. We’ll lay the points, as the Charles Jay / America’s Bookie Challenge continues.

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