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2022 NBA Handicapping
(25-31) New York Knicks vs. Portland Trail Blazers (22-34)
Date: Saturday, February 12th
Time: 5:00 PM EST
Venue: Bankers Moda Center, Portland, Oregon
NBA Moneyline Odds: Knicks -187 | Blazers +175 (Bet Now!)
NBA Betting Odds: Knicks -4.5
NBA Betting Total: OFF
On Saturday, February 12th, the New York Knicks and Portland Trail Blazers will meet for the first of two occasions this season. The second game will be played in New York on March 16th.
The Knicks last played Thursday in a 116-114 victory versus the Warriors while Portland played Wednesday defeating the Lakers 107-105.
Last season, the teams played twice with both teams winning on their home courts. The Blazers hold the all-time record having bested the Knicks in 68 of their 117 matches.
New York Knicks
Eight teams elected to not make any moves at the trade deadline and while that made sense for clubs like the Warriors, Grizzlies, Bulls, and Hawks the fact the Knicks were in this group was baffling.
Of this octet, the two that jump out are the Lakers and the Knicks. In LA’s case, it makes sense because they have no assets or upcoming draft picks to barter with but that’s not the case with New York.
Unless all the opposing teams feel this season is a moratorium on the Knicks’ players signing overpriced contracts I can’t wrap my head around it.
Kemba Walker isn’t surprising because Sam Presti didn’t even try to revitalize his career and you know he would’ve milked that if there was any potential there.
But it’s hard to imagine some teams wouldn’t be interested in some of the young guys on the roster or Julius Randle or Alec Burks or Evan Fournier. Anyway, color me confused.
At least the Knickerbockers finally got a win on this road trip narrowly hanging on to beat the Warriors and this is the final game of the trip.
Nerlens Noel (knee) is questionable while RJ Barrett (ankle) was downgraded to out for Saturday. Derrick Rose (ankle) remains sidelined with no definitive return date.
Portland Trail Blazers
Not surprisingly the Blazers were one of the most active teams at the trade deadline joining three other teams (Celtics, Pacers, Spurs) who made three deals.
The fallout and reflection on whether those deals will appease Damian Lillard into wanting to stay may not be answered until the offseason. The deals:
- Norman Powell and Robert Covington to Clippers for Eric Bledsoe, Justise Winslow, and Keon Johnson, plus a 2025 second-round pick (via Pistons)
- CJ McCollum, Larry Nance Jr., and Tony Snell to Pelicans for *Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Josh Hart, Didi Louzada, *Tomas Satoransky, plus protected 2022 first-round pick
- (3-team deal) *Tomas Satoransky to Spurs, *Nickeil Alexander-Walker to Jazz for Elijah Hughes, Joe Ingles, and 2022 second-round pick (Jazz – via Grizzlies)
Clearly, Joe Cronin had a mandate to clear out his roster of players and contracts to allow for flexibility and reshaping. It was time to move on from McCollum but the surprise was dealing Powell as well and then not bothering to retain Alexander-Walker.
At first, I thought Cronin was eager to add length because they’ve been undersized for so long but then they flipped the 6’6″ Alexander-Walker.
Why not have him play out the season in the role Simmons was playing and move him in the offseason if it doesn’t work? I mean, it’s not like Portland is a major landing spot for free agents so even having him as a tradeable asset in the offseason seems more logical (shrug).
Eric Bledsoe (Achilles), Elijah Hughes (acquired), and Keon Johnson (acquired) are all questionable for Saturday. Didi Louzada Silva (knee) and Damian Lillard (abdominal) are out indefinitely. Joe Ingles (ACL) and Nassir Little (shoulder) are out for the season.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Portland is 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games.
- New York is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games.
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Portland’s last 6 games.
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of New York’s last 5 games.
Free New York Knicks vs. Portland Trail Blazers NBA Prediction:
Two reeling teams one that dramatically revamped their roster in the past week and one that stood pat. They both sit outside the play-in spots but are within striking distance of nabbing the 10th seed.
The big question is whether the Blazers will begin the tanking effort in earnest given Lillard said he wouldn’t want to stay in Portland if they just were aiming for a high draft pick! Presumably, Cronin and Dame spoke about these moves with a plan in mind.
That said, it won’t behoove the Blazers to land the 10th seed when they won’t be able to reformulate this roster until the offseason so they may as well try to get one of those top three draft picks now.
Given that I’m leaning to the Knicks (as poorly as they’ve played) taking this one.
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