Knicks vs Clippers NBA Odds, Picks and Predictions May 9

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Updated: May 8, 2021

Kawhi Leonard’s scoring touch has been slow to return since he missed time with a sore foot, but the Klaw has handed out five or more dimes in eight straight games.

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The New York Knicks are longing for the Big Apple heading into their road game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday.

The Knicks, who make stop No. 5 of this six-game Western Conference road trip in L.A., have lost two in a row (at Denver and Phoenix) and hold a mere half-game grip on the fourth spot in the East. The Clippers, on the other hand, are pushing for a Top-2 place in the West and have won two straight heading into this non-conference matchup.

Here are our free NBA picks and predictions for Knicks vs. Clippers on May 9 at 3:30 p.m. ET.

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Los Angeles opened as a 9-point home favorite. The Over/Under total hit the board at 216 points. Check back later for a full report from Patrick!

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Injuries

Knicks: Alec Burks G (Questionable), Immanuel Quickley G (Questionable).
Clippers: Serge Ibaka F (Questionable), Amir Coffey F (Questionable).
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Betting trend to know

The Clippers are 13-5 ATS in their last 18 home games. Find more NBA betting trends for Knicks vs. Clippers.

Against the spread (ATS) pick

Everything seems to be coming together for the Clippers at the right moment. Los Angeles snapped a three-game slide with wins over Toronto and the L.A. Lakers, returning key contributors Kawhi Leonard and Patrick Beverley in the process. 

Those additions bolstered one of the NBA’s best defenses, which locked down those two foes to a collective 42 percent from the field, 31 percent from beyond the arc, and allowed point totals of just 94 and 100. Since the All-Star break, the Clippers own the fifth-best defensive rating in the league (109.6) and set their sights on a floundering New York attack.

The Knicks mustered only 97 and 105 points in those two recent defeats, connecting at less than 42 percent from the floor combined. New York’s scoring depth is dinged up, with injuries to Alec Burks and Immanuel Quickley thinning the Knicks’ backcourt. That’s bad news with L.A. allowing an average of only 42.8 points to guards in its last two wins and ranking eighth in the NBA at defending the position on the year. 

While Los Angeles has been getting the job done with defense, there’s no denying the depth and explosiveness of this lineup. The Clippers hung 129 points on the Knicks at Madison Square Garden back in late January – the second-most points allowed by New York’s No. 1-ranked defense in regulation all season.

PREDICTION: Los Angeles -9 (-110)

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Over/Under pick

The Clippers scored 118 points on the Lakers’ vaunted defense Thursday but could have done much more damage if not for careless basketball. They shot 53 percent from the floor and made 14 triples, but coughed the ball up 22 times. 

Head coach Tyronn Lue called out his players for the sloppy outing, looking to tighten the bolts in the final stretch of the schedule in hopes of ditching those bad habits before the playoffs. The Clippers had just seven turnovers in their previous matchup with the Knicks, who aren’t the most aggressive team in terms of forcing those mistakes.

The combo of Leonard and Paul George has been somewhat subdued in recent outings, with the pair combining for 36.7 points on 35-for-66 shooting since Kawhi came back in the loss to Denver on May 1. The pair notched a collective 45 points in their last meeting with New York.

Los Angeles has also been shooting well from beyond the three-point line during this current four-game home stand. The Clippers are 42 for 99 from distance in the past three games (42.4 percent) and face a Knicks squad that just allowed Phoenix to sink 18 triples in Friday’s loss to the Suns.

With Leonard working off the rust and the offense cooking up chemistry, expect a big offensive outing from L.A. on Sunday.

PREDICTION: Over 216 (-110)

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Knicks vs Clippers betting card

  • Los Angeles -9 (-110)
  • Over 216 (-110)

Picks made on 5/8/2021 at 2:39 p.m. ET

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