Making on a bet on this NBA game featuring the Trail Blazers versus the Knicks? Tip off is at at 7:30 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on MSG. The game will be played at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY. This non-conference matchup has an over/under of 226.5 points, and the Knicks are favored to win at home vs. the Trail Blazers.
PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS VS NEW YORK KNICKS BETTING PICK
The Pick: New York Knicks -11.5
This game will be played at Madison Square Garden at 7:30 ET on Tuesday, January 9th.
WHY BET THE NEW YORK KNICKS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 116-104 in favor of the Knicks.
- Our projections have Jalen Brunson finishing with Jalen Brunson points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists.
- From the field, we have the Knicks finishing with a field goal percentage of 47.1% and knocking down 14 threes.
Does Portland Have a Shot at a Road Win?
As the Trail Blazers get ready to take on the Knicks, they are the 11.5-point underdogs at home. So far, Portland has an overall record of 10-25, which has them 14th in the Western Conference.
Out of their 35 games, Portland has been the underdog 31 times and has an average scoring margin of -7.8 points per game as the underdog. On the road, the Blazers are just 5-14 for the season.
Against the spread, Portland is 16-19, but just 1-3 when favored this season. On the road, the Blazers have gone 10-9 ATS for the season.
The over/under record in Portland’s games is 16-18-1. Today’s over/under line of 226.5 is just below their average over/under line of 226.7. This season, 19 of their games have had lower over/under lines than 226.5. The Blazers have combined to score two straight overs.
In their last game, the Trail Blazers put up 134 points against the Nets. Overall, they shot 47.4% from the field and went 24/30 from the free throw line. Anfernee Simons was the leading scorer for the Trail Blazers with 38 points while Jerami Grant chipped in 27 points.
At this time, the Trail Blazers’ defense is positioned 18th in the NBA, permitting 116.3 points per game. When it comes to forced turnovers, the Trail Blazers are forcing 14.5 per game, which is 27th in the league. They also come into the game sitting 23rd in blocked shots at 4.5 per game.
Can the Knicks Please their Home Crowd?
With a record of 21-15, the Knicks will look to pick up their 5th straight win today as they host the Trail Blazers. New York is currently 8th in the Eastern Conference and 3rd in the Atlantic.
Coming into the game, the Knicks have put together several strong trends. This season, they have an average scoring margin of +6.6 PPG at home compared to just +1.3 on the road. New York’s overall ATS record for the season is 21-15.
So far, the Knicks have been the favorite in 18 of their 36 games and have gone 14-4 straight up in those games. They have also covered the spread in three straight home games and have an average home ATS record of 9-5 for the season.
Their over/under record for the season is sitting just below .500 at 17-18-1, and the under has hit in four straight games for New York. On average, their games have finished with 228.2 points per contest this season.
In their last game, the Knicks scored 121 points vs. the Wizards, which is above their season average of 115.8 points per game. Overall, the Knicks rank 21st in field goal percentage at 46%. In terms of three-point shooting, the Knicks rank 9th in percentage and 11th in made three-pointers.
On defense, the Knicks come into the game ranked 12th in the league in points allowed at 112.4 per game. Over their last three games, the team is allowing 99 points per contest (19th). In the terms of takeaways, Knicks are causing 12.5 turnovers per game, ranking 9th in the league. They also enter the matchup ranked 29th in rejections, averaging 3.5 blocked shots each game.