NEW YORK KNICKS (3-10)
at LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS (10-5)
Tip-off: Wednesday, 10:35 p.m. ET
Line: Los Angeles -11, Total: 204
Knicks head coach Mike Woodson tries to cool down the hot seat on Wednesday night as his team attempts to end a six-game losing skid on the road against the Clippers.
The Knicks have been one of the biggest disappointments on the young season. The early loss of C Tyson Chandler (fibula) and the nagging hip injury to PG Raymond Felton has put New York in a huge hole in the Eastern Conference. This game will be its third of a four-game road trip where it lost convincingly in both games, 98-89 in Washington and 102-91 in Portland. The Clippers have had their own issues this season on defense (103.3 PPG allowed), but have overcome them with their offensive prowess (107.9 PPG). This will be their third straight game at home as they won the first two in back-to-back nights against the Kings (103-102) and Bulls (121-82). Los Angeles has been nearly perfect at home at 7-1 SU, but is only 4-4 ATS. The Knicks have two of their three wins this year on the road where they are 2-4 SU and 3-3 ATS. The Clippers held New York under 90 points in their two meetings last season and outrebounded them 94-74 in those victories (1-1 ATS). Since 1996, the Clippers are 17-15 SU against the Knicks, but New York has covered the spread 58% of the time (18-13 ATS). As mentioned before, C Tyson Chandler will continue to miss time and PG Raymond Felton (hip) is doubtful for this game. SF Matt Barnes (eye) is out indefinitely for the Clippers, who are 32-18 ATS (64%) at home after their game goes Over the total in the past three seasons. But losing teams tabbed as double-digit road underdogs coming off a double-digit road loss are a hefty 99-58 ATS (63%) in the past five seasons.
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After last season when the Knicks ranked second in the Eastern Conference in scoring (98.5 PPG), no one could have guessed that 13 games into this season, that they would rank sixth worst in the league with 93.2 PPG. They have shot only 42.2% from the field (5th worst in league) and have scored more than 100 points only two times this year. Their defense has tried to keep them in games and has given up an average of 99.4 PPG on the year (15th in NBA). SF Carmelo Anthony (26.5 PPG, 10.2 RPG) is currently second in the league in scoring, but is shooting only 42.9% from the field, his lowest clip since his rookie campaign. With Chandler out, Anthony has been the Knicks' top rebounder as well, posting double-digit rebounds in five of his past six games, a span where he's averaged 30.0 PPG and 12.3 RPG. He missed the second game New York played against the Clippers last season, but scored 42 points and grabbed eight rebounds in the first one. That upped his career averages against L.A. to 25.0 PPG (47% FG) and 5.7 RPG over 29 games. Last seasonís sixth man of the year, SG J.R. Smith, has seen his scoring average drop considerably from 18.1 PPG last season to 12.4 PPG in eight games this season, as he's shooting a miserable 32% from the floor. He had a rough go of things in the Knicks two losses to the Clippers last season too, making just 5-of-29 shots (17% FG) and averaging only 11.5 PPG. PF Andrea Bargnani (14.3 PPG, 5.0 RPG) is known for his offense, but does not really provide much for New York in many other categories. He has averaged 13.3 PPG (39% FG) with 4.1 RPG in nine career games (5 starts) against Los Angeles.
The Clippers rank second in the league in scoring at 107.9 PPG, including a league-best 114.9 PPG at home. They are shooting 48.1% FG (4th in NBA), but are making just 70.4% of their foul shots (5th worst in league). L.A. struggles on defense though, giving up 103.3 PPG (4th worst in NBA) on 45.8% FG (8th worst in league), but allowed a season-low 82 points in the last game on Sunday versus the struggling Bulls. PG Chris Paul (19.3 PPG, 12.5 APG, 5.0 RPG, 2.4 SPG) has a double-double (points and assists) in all but one game this season, scoring 16 points while tying his season high with 17 assists against Chicago. Paul averaged 22.5 PPG with 7.5 APG when playing the Knicks last season and has done well over his 13 career games against them with 21.5 PPG, 9.8 APG, 4.9 RPG and 2.1 SPG. PF Blake Griffin (22.0 PPG, 10.8 RPG) is having another stellar season and has had a double-double (points and rebounds) in each of his past eight games, averaging 22.3 PPG and 10.9 RPG during this streak. He has also owned New York in five career games, scoring 24.6 PPG (59% FG) with 11.0 RPG, 4.4 APG and 1.6 SPG. While C DeAndre Jordan (10.0 PPG, 12.7 RPG, 1.9 BPG) is having a career year, he managed only 4.5 PPG and 6.5 RPG in two games against the Knicks last season. SG J.J. Redick (16.0 PPG, 36% threes) and SG Jamal Crawford (14.9 PPG, 41% threes) continue to bring long-range shooting to the Clippers offense.