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The New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers collide on Tuesday, Jan. 31, at Madison Square Garden as both teams seek a win after coincidentally losing to the same team – the Brooklyn Nets.

The Knicks suffered a loss to Brooklyn on Sunday, Jan. 29, to the tune of 115-122.

Jalen Brunson led New York in that loss with 26 points and four assists. RJ Barrett added 24 markers and six rebounds.

The Knicks are norming 114.3 points per contest, 16th in the league. They have an offensive rating of 115.1 which is 9th in the NBA.

On the defensive side, New York is giving up 112.4 points per game which are 12th in the league. They have a defensive rating of 113.4, 17th in the NBA at the moment.

Possibly making it easier for the Knicks is the possibility that LeBron James may sit out the encounter. In an update provided by head coach Darvin Ham, the 38-year-old star is reportedly dealing with soreness in his left foot.

However, Anthony Davis is likely to return to action after sitting out their loss to the Nets, 104-121.

With James and Davis out, the Lakers were led by Thomas Bryant who had 18 points and nine rebounds. Russell Westbrook added 17 points and 10 assists coming off the bench.

The Lakers are scoring 117.1 points per game, 5th in the league. They own an offensive rating of 113, 19th in the NBA.

On defense, the purple and gold are limiting the opposition to 118.2 points per contest, 27th in the NBA. They own a defensive rating of 114.1, 19th in the NBA.

The Knicks are -2.5 favorites to win over the Lakers who are at +2.5. The Moneyline for this matchup is -136 for New York and +110 for Los Angeles.

The New York Knicks host the Lakers on Tuesday at the Madison Square Garden with tip-off set for 7:30 p.m. E.T. The game will be shown over TNT with live streaming available via NBA League Pass.

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