The New York Knicks will be on the road Tuesday taking the court against the Trail Blazers at the Moda Center in Portland. New York is in desperate need of a win following a 104-103 loss at home against the Indiana Pacers on Saturday. Portland will be looking to end a two-game skid after losing 108-96 at home against the Oklahoma City Thunder their last time on the floor.
The New York Nets are now 4-19 following a 103-104 loss at home to the Indiana Pacers. Marcus Morris SR. was able to connect on 9 of 17 from the field to lead the Knicks with 25 points. Elfrid Payton was able to pass the ball for a team-high seven assists while Julius Randle pulled down 12 rebounds. New York had five different players finish the game with at least 10 points.
The Knicks have been good for an average of 100.6 points per game on the offensive end of the court while hitting 42.1 percent from the field. They have been able to pass the ball for an average of 20.0 assists per night while grabbing 44.5 rebounds. Defensively, they allow an average of 111.0 points per game to their opponents. New York has been taking the ball away for 8.0 steals every time they are on the court to go along with 4.8 blocks. They will be looking to avoid a 10th straight loss.
The Portland Trailblazers are now 9-15 following a 108-96 loss at home against Oklahoma City. Damian Lillard was able to knock down 8 of 24 from the field to lead the Blazers with 26 points while passing the ball for a team-high seven assists. Hassan Whiteside pulled down 10 rebounds. Portland had three players finish the game with a double-digit scoring night.
The Trail Blazers have been good for an average of 112.7 points per game on the offensive end of the court while hitting 45.0 percent from the field. They have been able to pass the ball for an average of 20.1 assists per night while grabbing 46.3 rebounds. Defensively, they allow an average of 115.4 points per game to their opponents. Portland has been taking the ball away for 6.0 steals every time they are on the court to go along with 6.2 blocks. They will be looking to avoid a third consecutive loss.
The Blazers will take the court as nine and a half point favorites with the total sitting at 218 and a half on the game. I’m liking Portland to cover this spread playing at home. The Blazers score an average of 12 points more per game, shoot a higher percentage from the field, and pull down more rebounds. I like Portland minus the points in this one.
NBA Stats and Trends:
- New York is 2-4 ATS in their previous six games.
- New York is 0-6 ATS in their previous six games vs. the Northwest division.
- New York is 1-9 ATS in their previous 10 games played in December.