New York Knicks at Los Angeles Lakers

New York Knicks Preview

When the New York Knicks face the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday in their second consecutive game at Staples Center, the first quarter against the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday is what they want to emulate, not the second. The Knicks dazzled Sunday with 45 points in the opening quarter. They followed that by giving up 47 in the second.

The Knicks ended up losing 135-132, falling to 6-8 under interim head coach Mike Miller. Marcus Morris had a career-high 38 points, while RJ Barrett added 24. Defense might have been an issue Sunday, but New York did shoot 48 of 84 (57.1 percent) from the field and 12 of 23 (52.2 percent) from 3-point range.

Los Angeles Lakers Preview

The Los Angeles Lakers just showed another new element they can rely on as they head into a home matchup with the New York Knicks on Tuesday. The Lakers blocked 20 shots in a 106-99 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday, their most in a contest since 1982. Anthony Davis had eight of the blocked shots, JaVale McGee had six and Dwight Howard had five.

Los Angeles has an average of 7.4 blocks per game, best in the league in that category, and its 105.4 points per game allowed is among the best. Guard Avery Bradley is day-to-day with a sprained right ankle.