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Knicks vs. Clippers odds, line, spread: 2021 NBA picks, May 9 predictions from model on 97-62 roll

The New York Knicks are trying to avoid losing three games in a row for the first time in over five weeks when they visit the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday afternoon. The Knicks (37-30) had won 12 of 13 to vault into fourth place in the Eastern Conference, but back-to-back losses to Denver and Phoenix on its six-game road trip have brought three clubs within two games of New York. Los Angeles (45-22) also suffered consecutive losses to Phoenix and Denver to dim its chances of a top-two seed in the Western Conference before rebounding with a pair of victories.

Tip-off is at 3:30 p.m. ET at the Staples Center. William Hill Sportsbook lists the Clippers as 7.5-point favorites, while the over-under for total points scored is 216 in the latest Knicks vs. Clippers odds. Before you make any Clippers vs. Knicks picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven computer model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times and has returned over $9,200 in profit on its top-rated NBA picks over the past two-plus seasons. The model is up over $1,200 on its top-rated picks this season and entered Week 20 of the 2020-21 NBA schedule on a stunning 97-62 roll on top-rated NBA picks against the spread dating back to last season. Anybody who has followed it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Knicks vs. Clippers. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Now, here are several NBA odds and betting trends for Clippers vs. Knicks:

  • Knicks vs. Clippers spread: Clippers -7.5
  • Knicks vs. Clippers over-under: 216 points
  • Knicks vs. Clippers: Clippers -300; Knicks +250
  • NYK: The Knicks are 15-3 against the spread in their last 18 games
  • LAC: The Clippers last lost at home to New York on Nov. 20, 2010

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Why the Knicks can cover

New York opened the six-game road trip with lopsided victories at Houston and Memphis before coming back to earth against the Nuggets and Suns. Leading scorer Julius Randle did have a double-double (24 points, 11 rebounds) in Friday’s loss at Phoenix, but he was 1-of-10 from behind the arc in the past two games after connecting on 27-of-45 3-point attempts in the previous six contests. He had 27 points and 12 boards vs. the Clippers in January.

Second-year guard RJ Barrett, averaging 17.7 points, eclipsed 20 for the fourth time in seven games on Friday and has hit at least three 3-pointers six times in that span. With double-digit scorers Alec Burks (knee) and Immanuel Quickley (ankle) unlikely to play, the Knicks will lean on a defense that allows the fewest points (105.1) in the league. New York holds opponents to an NBA-low 33.9 percent from 3-point range, while the Clippers lead the league at 41.7 percent.

Why the Clippers can cover

While Los Angeles receives a combined average of nearly 49 points from the duo of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, the team received contributions from throughout the lineup in Thursday’s rout of the Lakers. Forward Marcus Morris has scored in double figures in 10 of 11 games, hitting at least two 3-pointers in nine of them. Guard Reggie Jackson has made multiple 3-pointers in nine of his last 10 games and is averaging 14.5 points in that span.

Jackson continues to start in place of point guard Patrick Beverley, who has seen limited minutes in two games since sitting out a dozen contests due to a fractured hand. The Clippers got solid contributions off the bench from a pair of their in-season acquisitions. Big man DeMarcus Cousins hit double figures for the fourth time in five games with 11 points against the Lakers, a total matched by point guard Rajon Rondo, who also added five assists.

How to make Clippers vs. Knicks picks

SportsLine’s model is leaning under on the total, projecting the teams to combine for 212 points. The model also says one side of the spread hits well over 60 percent of the time. You can get that pick at SportsLine.

So who wins Knicks vs. Clippers? And which side of the spread hits well over 60 percent of the time? Visit SportsLine now to find out which side of the spread you need to jump on, all from the model that is on a roll on NBA picks.


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