Los Angeles Clippers vs New York Knicks – 01/22/16 Preview
One of the hottest teams in the NBA will spend Friday night at Madison Square Garden as the Los Angeles Clippers (27-14) will battle with the New York Knicks (22-22). The Clippers are the odd favorites to win (line: -1.5). Here is the projected lineup:
The sizzling Clippers lost to Cleveland Cavaliers last night by the mark of 115-102, only their second loss in the last 13 games. Chris Paul recorded team high 30 pts and 9 assists in the loss. J.J. Reddick added 17 points while DeAndre Jordan posted a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds on the night. Jordan is averaging 13.5 boards per game for L.A., second-best in the league behind Andre Drummond. Holding tight to their 4th place in the tough Western Conference are now12-8 on the road.
The Knicks enter Friday’s contest full of confidence following a clutch OT win over the Jazz on Wednesday. After trailing for most of the game, the team tightened the gap midway through the 4th quarter. Carmelo Anthony had a huge game posting 30 pts and 9 assists, shooting 13 of 20. Robin Lopez added 22 pts and shot 11 for 14 with Kristaps Porzingis fouling out for the second time this season but still contributing 16 pts. The rookie is having a solid season where he averages 14 pts and 7.9 rebounds on top of starting for all 44 games this season. The Knicks are on a six game winning streak at the Madison Square Garden and have a 13-8 record there.