Free NBA Picks Today: Los Angeles Lakers vs New York Knicks 3/12/23

Free NBA Picks Today: Los Angeles Lakers vs New York Knicks 3/12/23
Sun 12th March 2023

The Los Angeles Lakers (33-34, 18-15 Home) will try to overcome one of the league’s top shooting defenses when they host the New York Knicks (39-30, 20-14 Away) on Sunday.

New York is playing the second of a back-to-back after being defeated by the Los Angeles Clippers 106-95 at Arena yesterday, their third loss in a row.

Immanuel Quickley was the key player in defeat with 26 points and 10 rebounds. The Knicks are the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference. Los Angeles won their third in a row on Friday at Arena, beating the Toronto Raptors 122-112. D’Angelo Russell had 28 points and nine assists, carrying the team.

The Lakers are the ninth seed in the Western Conference. It’s the last meeting of the season between the teams. Los Angeles will be looking for a season sweep against New York after getting the win in the only previous meeting 129-123 in overtime at Madison Square Garden on January 31.

LeBron James led the Lakers with a triple double, totaling 28 points, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds. Jalen Brunson had 37 points and six assists in the losing effort. Julius Randle and Brunson, averaging 25.1 and 23.8 points per game, respectively, have led the Knicks in scoring this season.

Randle also has grabbed 10.3 rebounds per game, seventh-most in the league, while Brunson has dished 6.1 assists per game. James has been the primary provider for the Lakers on offense, averaging 29.5 points per game. He ranks as the seventh-highest scorer in the NBA. James also has posted 8.4 rebounds per game.

Russell Westbrook has distributed 7.5 assists per game. Foes are shooting 45.6% from the field against the Knicks, ranking as one of the stingiest FG% defenses in the league (3rd). The Lakers have had success in the last 10 matchups between the teams at Arena, winning six.

Los Angeles is looking for a fourth successive win at home this season. Meanwhile, the Knicks are 6-4 when playing two days in a row this season and 5-3 in such games against rested opponents. The Lakers are 5-4 with a rest advantage.

New York is 7-3 in the last 10 games with an average margin of +6.9 (118.6-111.7). Los Angeles has also a 7-3 record over the last 10, scoring 115.1 points per game on average while holding opponents to 111.6 (+3.5 margin).


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Immanuel Quickley: 30.2 | 20.8 | +9.4
Points per game:
Immanuel Quickley: 20.4 | 13.5 | +6.9


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
D’Angelo Russell: 42.0 | 27.1 | +14.9
Points per game:
D’Angelo Russell: 28.0 | 17.8 | +10.2
Malik Beasley: 9.4 | 13.1 | -3.7
Assists per game:
Dennis Schroder: 8.0 | 4.8 | +3.2

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