NBA Betting: LA Lakers (-4.5) vs. NY Knicks

Errol KrupiarzContributor IDecember 29, 2011

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 11: Steve Blake #5 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives against Toney Douglas #23 of the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on February 11, 2011 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. The Lakers defeated the Knicks 113-96. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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See that piece of cheese at the end of the mousetrap? That's the New York Knicks tonight.

They are 4.5-point underdogs against the Lakers in L.A. I know what most of you are thinking: "Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire are getting four and a half against the Lakers? What's my max bet per game again?"

Don't do it.

Have you ever flied across the country before—from New York to California? I have, several times, and your body just doesn't seem right getting off that airplane. Crossing three time zones takes some time to adjust to. Usually a few days for me.

The last thing I would want to do after flying across the country is to play a basketball game, and I'm in pretty good shape for a guy in his mid-30s.

That's what the Knicks did yesterday, however, losing badly to the Golden State Warriors. They're an average team that was without one of their best players (Stephen Curry).

And now, one day later, they have to play again? In the Staples Center? The New York Knicks aren't robots. They are human beings.

It's possible that N.Y. comes out and plays great basketball for 48 minutes and are able to keep it close at the end. But I wouldn't bet on it.

In fact, I'm betting against it. And you should, too.

 

Prediction: Lakers 101, Knicks 89.