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(10-29) New York Knicks vs. Portland Trail Blazers (23-17)
Date: Monday January 7th
Time: 10:00 PM EST
Venue: Moda Center, Portland , OR
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Trail Blazers -11.5
NBA Betting Total: 221½
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The Trail Blazers are favored by nearly a dozen points at the Moda Center vs. the Knicks. It’s true that Portland should win this game pretty handily, but are they in a prime position for a letdown? Monday will be the ‘Blazers 3rd game in four nights and they’ve just matched up with OKC and Houston over the weekend.
Comparatively, the Knicks are well rested with their last game coming Friday at the Lakers. New York actually won that game 119-112 which pushed their road record to 6-17. The Knicks do have one more game on their road trip Tuesday night in Golden State but do they go ‘all in’ for a W in Portland?
New York Knicks
The win vs. the Lakers Friday snapped an 8 game losing streak. New York was able to get the win despite shooting 37.4% from the field and just 11-37 from three. Seven Knicks players scored in double figures but New York still has some things to figure out with their offense.
The Knicks have broken 110 points scoring just once in their last 9 games. They’ve been held to under 100 points 4 times over that span. The Knicks are dead last in the league in field goal shooting percentage (43.2%)
Portland may be a bit fatigued but overall they’ve played very solid defense. The Trail Blazers have a very favorable matchup vs. the Knicks offense but the Portland main core plays a lot of minutes. With the possible letdown that Portland may be feeling after matchup up with Western Conference elite teams OKC and Houston, Monday could be prime upset potential for the Knicks.
What will New York’s defense bring to the table in this contest? They rank 28th in the league in opponents field goal percentage and are very vulnerable on the defensive boards, also ranking 28th. It could be a big night for Portland big man Jusuf Nurkic.
Tonight’s O/U is listed at 221. The Knicks have allowed 9 of the last 10 opponents to at least eclipse 110 points scored. If Portland was rested they’d be a solid bet for 120+ but what Trail Blazers team do we see on Monday?
Portland Trail Blazers
The Trail Blazers have used a 6-4 run over their last 10 to climb into the 7th spot in the Western Conference. They’re coming off a solid 110-101 win over a red hot Houston team and aim to build momentum off that victory. CJ McCollum had 24 points in the win and Nurkic added 25 and 15 rebounds.
Prior to the Houston game, Portland dropped a tough fought 109-111 game at home to OKC. Although Monday will be their third game in four nights, the Trail Blazers might not be as fatigued as you’d think. Nurkic logged just 31 minutes vs. the Rockets and Damian Lillard played a manageable 36. Four bench players logged double digit minutes on Saturday as well.
Portland welcomes Chicago in on Wednesday and then wraps up a 5 game home stand with Charlotte on Friday. After starting 1-1 and with very winnable games remaining, Monday’s contest with the Knicks becomes a pivot game for determining their success on this stretch.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Knicks are 2-6 ATS their last 8 overall
- Knicks are 6-2 ATS their last 8 vs. Western Conference
- Trail Blazers are 30-14 ATS their last 44 home games
- Knicks are 1-5 ATS the last 6 in Portland
Free New York Knicks vs. Portland Trail Blazers NBA Prediction:
The Knicks are a much more talented team than their record often indicates. That being said on their recent 8 out of 9 losing streak, six of the defeats have been by double digits or more. Portland has played Golden State, Philadelphia, Oklahoma City, and Houston in their last four home games? How ‘up’ do the ‘Blazers get for this matchup vs. the bottom feeding Knicks?
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Knicks +11.5
New York has some momentum after the win over LA. They lose, but ‘only’ by 6 or 7.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Knicks 102- Trail Blazers 109
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