Clippers vs. Knicks NBA expert prediction and odds for Monday, Nov. 6 (Back Los Angeles)

LA Clippers, Paul George. Mandatory Credit: Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports
LA Clippers, Paul George. Mandatory Credit: Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports /

The Los Angeles Clippers are on the road on Monday, and they’ll have a new face in the lineup as guard James Harden is set to make his debut after he was acquired in a trade last week.

This is great news for the Clippers, as they have yet another star to pair with Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, and it should help the team if it deals with a major injury this season.

The Clippers take on the New York Knicks on Monday, and New York is going through it with Julius Randle playing some of the worst basketball of his career, shooting 27.1 percent from the field through the team’s first six games.

With Randle struggling and RJ Barrett dealing with a knee injury, the Knicks are just 2-4 through six games. They are also set as home underdogs in this matchup. So, how should we wager on it?

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Clippers vs. Knicks odds, spread and total

Clippers vs. Knicks how to watch

  • Date: Monday, Nov. 6
  • Game Time: 7:30 p.m. EST
  • Venue: Madison Square Garden
  • How to Watch (TV): MSG, Bally Sports SoCal, Bally Sports San Diego
  • Los Angeles Clippers Record: 3-2
  • New York Knicks Record: 2-4

Clippers vs. Knicks injury reports

Los Angeles Clippers injury report

  • Brandon Boston Jr. – out
  • Terance Mann – out

New York Knicks injury report

  • RJ Barrett – questionable

Barrett has missed the Knicks’ last two games. The team is 0-2 in those matchups.

Clippers vs. Knicks key players to watch

Los Angeles Clippers

James Harden: Harden will make his debut with the Clippers on Monday night, and it will be interesting to see how he meshes with Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, and Russell Westbrook. Harden may not play a full complement of minutes since this is his first game this season.

New York Knicks

Julius Randle: Julius Randle is off to a historically bad start this season, and it’s killing the Knicks on offense. He’s shooting 27.1 percent from the field, and he was just 5-for-20 in the team’s narrow loss to Milwaukee on Friday.

Can Randle turn things around at home?

Jalen Brunson: Brunson is coming off a dazzling game against Milwaukee, scoring 45 points in a loss on Friday. The Knicks need Brunson to continue to carry them on offense with Randle struggling and Barrett questionable for this game.

Clippers vs. Knicks prediction and pick

I have a hard time backing this Knicks team with Barrett’s status up in the air, as New York’s offense has been downright awful so far this season – outside of Brunson.

The Knicks are 29th in the NBA in offensive rating and 30th in effective field goal percentage, but it’s their offensive rebounding that has kept them alive in games. The issue is, the Clippers are a strong rebounding team this season, ranking 12th in the NBA in rebounding percentage.

That, and the fact that the team has much more star power, is going to make it tough on New York – especially if Barrett is ruled out.

The Clippers are 3-2 against the spread this season, posting an average margin of victory of 12.2 points per game.

Unless the Knicks start turning things around shooting the ball, I don’t see them competing with the Clips team now that Harden is in the fold.

Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.

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