The Portland Trail Blazers (10-25) travel to face off against the New York Knicks (21-15) on Tuesday, January 9th. This game will be played at Madison Square Garden in New York and televised on MSG. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Tip-off is set for 7:30 ET.
Trail Blazers vs Knicks
The Trail Blazers Are Coming Off A Win
In their latest game against the Nets, Anfernee Simons was the top scorer for the Trail Blazers’ offense, scoring 38 points and shooting 13/25 from the field. Jerami Grant also contributed 27 points as the Trail Blazers won by a score of 134-127 vs. the Nets.
The Trail Blazers are 10-25 this season and are now focused on getting a win against the Knicks. When looking at the Western Conference standings, the team is in 14th place and is 5th in the Northwest division.
Portland arrives with an ATS record of 16-19 for the season up to this point. On the road, the Trail Blazers have an ATS record of 10-9, as opposed to a 6-10 record against the spread when playing at home.
The Knicks Are Coming Off A Win
In their most recent game, the Knicks took down the Wizards by a score of 121-105. Knicks’ victory in this game wasn’t just a straight-up win; they also covered the spread as -9-point favorites. In terms of the over/under, the combined 226 points was below the over/under line of 238.5.
As they prepare to take on the Trail Blazers, the Knicks are focused on keeping their above .500 record of 21-15. Right now, they are in 8th place in the Eastern Conference and are 3rd in the Atlantic division.
Against the spread, the Knicks have covered in four straight games and have an overall ATS record of 21-15. During this season, New York has a 12-6 record against the spread as favorites and 9-9 as underdogs.
Trail Blazers Offense Breakdown
The Trail Blazers come into today’s game as the 29th ranked scoring offense at 109 points per game. Coming into today’s game, the Trail Blazers will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 12.5 made 3’s per game. If the Portland offense is going to turn things around, not only do they need to improve their outside shooting but they must do a better job protecting the ball. Currently, they are averaging 14.5 turnovers per game.
Knicks Offense Breakdown
This season, the New York offense is ranked 13th in the NBA in scoring at 115.8 points per game. The Knicks come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 13.1 made 3’s per game. New York is a strong candidate to see their overall offensive numbers improve, as not only are they a good outside shooting unit, but they do a good job taking care of the ball, ranking 9th in fewest turnovers per game.
Trail Blazers Team Defense
So far, the Trail Blazers’ defense is ranked 18th in the league at 116.3 points per contest. In the terms of takeaways, Trail Blazers are causing 14.5 turnovers per game, ranking 27th in the league. They also enter the matchup ranked 23rd in rejections, averaging 4.5 blocked shots each game.
Knicks Team Defense
New York’s defense has been playing well, ranking 12th in the NBA with 112.4 points allowed per game. Most recently, the Knicks’ defense put together a solid performance, giving up just 105 points to the Wizards.
Key Players For The Trail Blazers And Knicks
In today’s game, our projections have Anfernee Simons leading the Trail Blazers with 22 points on 8/17 shooting from the field. Throughout this season, his average stands at 25.5 points per game, along with 3.4 rebounds.
As for New York, Jalen Brunson is projected to be the primary scorer for the Knicks. Our forecast has him finishing the game with 25, and adding 4 rebounds. Throughout the season, he has maintained a 47.2% field goal shooting rate and is averaging 26 points per game.
Trail Blazers vs Knicks Trends
- In their last five games away from home, the Trail Blazers have a straight up record of 1-4 while going 1-4 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 105 points per game in these contests.
- Across their last three home contests, New York has been good against the spread posting a mark of 2-1. Their overall mark in these games was 2-1, while averaging 125 points per game.
- Looking back on the team’s last ten games as the underdog, the Trail Blazers have a straight up record of 3-7. Their record vs the spread in these games was 5-5.
- As the betting favorite, the Knicks have an ATS mark of just 5-5 in their last ten games. New York posted a straight up mark of 7-3 in these matchups.
The Knicks is our pick to not only win with a projected score of 116-104. But we also favor them to cover the spread. Our bet is on the Knicks at -11.5.
As for the total, the line is currently sitting at 226.5 and our model has the Trail Blazers and Knicks finishing with a combined 220 points. Our pick is to take the under.
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