The Lakers continue their tour of the East when they meet the Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday morning (AEST).
New York will be desperate to secure their third home win on the trot here, pushing towards a place in the top six seedings in the East.
The Knicks and the Lakers are respectively ranked 1st and 2nd in points allowed this season, while both units have struggle to put points on the board of late.
As a result, 18 of the Lakers 26 road games have gone under the total points market, while the Knicks are 10-14 in the Ove/Unders when playing at MSG.
Without LeBron and AD to initiate the scoring, we look set to endure another game decided on defence.
Brooklyn aim to bounce back from a surprise defeat against the Lakers when they travel to Minnesota to take on the Timberwolves.
Both the Nets and the Wolves are guilty of playing one end of the court, with defence a mere afterthought.
Minnesota a third last in the league for points allowed, while the Nets aren’t too far behind with the sixth worst defensive record!
Fortunately for the Nets, they are second in the league for points for (118.7), completely buying into the “best defence is a good offence” mantra.
Amazingly, 13 of the 16 fixture when the Nets are the Away favourite have gone over the total points line, with two inept defensive units taking to the same court this one is sure to keep the scoreboard ticking over.