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2021 NBA Handicapping
(8-9) New York Knicks vs. Portland Trail Blazers (8-6)
Date: Sunday, January 24
Time: 10:00 PM EST
Venue: Moda Center, Portland, OR.
NBA Moneyline Odds: Knicks +140 / Blazers -160
NBA Betting Odds: Blazers -3.5
NBA Betting Total: O/U 213
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New York Knicks
The Knicks are playing the slowest pace in the NBA and as a result are scoring the fewest points per game (101.3) while holding opponents to the lowest (102.8).
They take the fewest three-point shots per game (26.9) and average the fewest number of assists per game (21.5)
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But again the defense shines. Not only do the Knicks hold opponents with a slow pace. They also surrender the lowest field goal percentage in the league (.430).
They do not, however, force many turnovers (12.1 for 29th in the league). Mitchell Robinson averages 1.3 steals per game and both he and Nerlens Noel combine for 3.5 blocks per.
The rest of the roster is full of young guys eager to play defense and win minutes from Head Coach Tom Thibodeau.
That atmosphere has made a young team short on talent a competitive opponent every night and in the playoff hunt.
Even more encouraging is that the Knicks should improve as the season goes on because of all the youth they have.
Portland Trail Blazers
This won’t be an easy game for Portland, which is 8–6 but has a negative net rating (-1.0).
The Blazers lost their first game since losing CJ McCollum to a foot injury that will have him out for at least a month, 125–104 to the Spurs.
Damian Lillard had 35 and Rodney Hood, stepping into a larger scoring role with McCollum out, had 21 in the starting lineup. Carmelo Anthony had 14 off the bench.
But with McCollum and Jusuf Nurkic, who broke his wrist earlier in the season, both out, Portland looks thin in the rotation, especially when it comes to scoring.
Now is when Robert Covington, Hood and even a guy like Derrick Jones Jr. need to up their aggressiveness on offense.
So while Portland should remain the favorite at home, expect oddsmakers to keep the spread close.
NBA Betting Trends:
- NY are 7-1-1 ATS in their last 9 Sun. games.
- Under is 11-3 in NY last 14 overall.
- Under is 7-2 in NY last 9 road games.
- POR are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 home games.
- Head to Head: Under is 8-1 in the last 9 meetings.
- Head to Head: NY are 2-6 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Portland.
Free New York Knicks vs Portland Trail Blazers NBA Prediction: Portland in a close one.
Lillard and the home court should be enough for Portland to pull out a close win. The Blazers have not played since Monday so it may take some time for them to play their way into this one.
* Free NBA Betting Pick: Portland lean
The line is tight so this one is a pass. I do lean Portland in a slow-paced game.
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