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The Lakers (33-20) match up against the Knicks (27-27) on Monday evening at 4:30 p.m.

on Spectrum SportsNet.

Below are three things to know in advance of the matchup:

REST EDGE
The Lakers will be the better rested team on Monday, due to New York’s Sunday evening game against Toronto at Madison Square Garden, and L.A.

having not played since Saturday.

The Knicks prevailed by outscoring the Raptors by four in the fourth quarter, with Julius Randle dunking with 2:04 left, R.J.

Barrett hitting a three from Randle at the 34.9 second mark, and Randle hitting two FT’s with 09.9 seconds left to secure the win.

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last played against Brooklyn, in a terrific all-around effort despite that came despite being extremely shorthanded, with Andre Drummond’s 20-point, 11-rebound double-double leading the way.

LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Kyle Kuzma, Wesley Matthews and Marc Gasol all missed the game due to injury, and yet the Lakers emerged from the borough with a victory.

They’re hoping to get Kuzma back from a calf strain, as he, Matthews and Gasol are all listed as questionable.

Frank Vogel sounded as if Kuzma had the best chance to play, as he almost went on Saturday.

MCLEMORE AND MCKINNIE
With all of the injured Lakers, two subs stepped into increased roles at Brooklyn, each tallying his best game with the Purple and Gold.

Ben McLemore drilled four of his five threes in the fourth quarter towards 17 bench points, while Alfonzo McKinnie did a bit of everything in 27 minutes, scoring 10 points with nine boards, four assists and a steal.

Three of McKinnie’s boards were on the offensive end, as he helped create extra possessions with his activity, and his hustle was felt throughout.

McLemore’s late threes helped seal the game for the Lakers, snuffing out any chance of a comeback from the favorite to win the East this season.

They might not be in the typical rotation when all are healthy, but the two Mc’s have shown themselves quite capable of making a contribution.

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RANDLE’S SEASON
Former Lakers are playing very well all over the league this season, but perhaps none better than Julius Randle, who made his first All-Star game while leading the Knicks to a playoff position with averages of 22.8 points (46.1% FG’s, 40.8% 3’s), 10.7 boards and 6.1 assists in 37.0 minutes (2nd only to James Harden).

Each is a career high for the 7th-year pro that was drafted 7th overall by the Lakers in 2014-15, allowing him the opportunity to play two seasons with Kobe Bryant.

Randle left the Lakers in 2018 to sign with the Pelicans for one season, before moving on to New York in 2019, signing a long-term contract with New York.

His biggest area of growth has been his perimeter shooting and playmaking, as the Knicks are able to run their offense through him as a true point forward.

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It was only a few days ago when the New York Knicks simply couldn't win a close game for the life of them, representing their biggest

It was only a few days ago when the New York Knicks simply couldn’t win a close game for the life of them, representing their biggest weakness.

A failure to hit clutch shots and hold on down the stretch was piling “Ls” in the loss column for New York, but it seems as if they might’ve put their struggles behind them.

Despite losing back-to-back games against the Nets and Celtics by a combined four points, the Knicks have bounced back to defeat the Grizzlies by four and Toronto Raptors by six in consecutive victories.

They have clawed their way back to .500 on the season, just one game behind Boston, who is on a three-game win streak.

Currently, the Knicks hold the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference, just one game above the Indiana Pacers.

The Knicks have a tough stretch ahead of them, as they will host the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday evening and then travel to New Orleans and Dallas.

The Lakers, who are currently third in the Pacific Division, are coming off a strong win over the Nets.

Luckily for New York, the Lakers won’t have LeBron James or Anthony Davis, which will give them a better chance at walking away with a “W.” In fact, the Lakers have only won five of their last 12 games playing inconsistent basketball as of late.

However, let’s reflect on the Knicks’ most recent win over Toronto, where they blew an 18 point lead in the second half, allowing Toronto to put together a 25 point turnaround, which gave them a four-point advantage at one point in the 4th quarter.

If not for Alec Burks hitting a few clutch shots and RJ Barrett coming through with a three-pointer in the final minutes, the Knicks might’ve lost a disappointing game, one which they led by a fair margin throughout.

All-Star Julius Randle posted 26 points, but it took him until late in the fourth quarter to get his first points of the second half, shooting 1-of-8 from downtown.

He did hit 11-of-11 free throws, which ended up being the difference.

It was nice to see the Knicks tough out a difficult game where Toronto put their best foot forward in the final moments.

Suffocating defense and timely hooping is what the Knicks have showcased the past few games, and hopefully, they can pick up a third consecutive went over the Lakers on Monday.

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