New York Knicks vs. Portland Trail Blazers Spread, Line, Odds, Predictions, Picks and Betting Preview for NBA Basketball Game
New York Knicks vs. Portland Trail Blazers Game Information
New York Knicks (8-9) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (8-6)
Time: 10:00 p.m. ET
Venue: Moda Center
TV Coverage: NBA League Pass, MSG Network, NBC Sports Northwest
New York Knicks vs. Portland Trail Blazers Moneyline, Spread, Total, and Odds
Moneyline: (Open: Knicks +170 / Trail Blazers -213) (Current: Knicks +144 / Trail Blazers -172)
Spread: (Open: Trail Blazers -5) (Current: Trail Blazers -4)
Total: (Open: 214.5) (Current: 214)
NBA Championship Odds: Knicks +25000 / Trail Blazers+5500
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New York Knicks vs. Portland Trail Blazers News and Notes
New York lists three players on the injury report: Reggie Bullock (neck), Austin Rivers (Achilles), and Frank Ntilikina (knee) will all be a game-time decision.
Portland has three players on the injury report who are not expected to rejoin the team until March: CJ McCollum (foot), Jusuf Nurkic (wrist), Zach Collins (ankle).
- The total is 8-1 to the under in their last nine meetings.
- The total is 4-0 to the under in their last four meetings in Portland.
- The total is 7-1 to the under in Portland’s last eight games against a team with a losing record.
- The total is 4-1 to the under in Portland’s last five games as a home favorite.
- The total is 7-1 to the under in New York’s last eight games as a road underdog.
- The total is 10-2 to the under in New York’s last twelve games as an underdog.
New York Knicks vs. Portland Trail Blazers Predictions and Picks
The Knicks are 12-5 (70.6%) to the under this season, which gives them the second-highest under percentage in the league. Compared to other teams around the league, New York continues to give maximum effort on the defense for a team that still lacks some talent offensively. This shouldn’t come as a surprise considering that Tom Thibodeau is their head coach.
If there’s a common thread among Thibodeau-coached teams, they tend to be well-schooled on the defensive end. Per TeamRankings, New York is third in defensive efficiency (1.037). They’ve also done a good job guarding the perimeter as they’re ranked sixth in allowing opponents just 11.6 three-point baskets per game and ranked first in opponent three-point percentage (31%).
Contrary to what you might think, the Trail Blazers have profiled more like an under team this season. Portland is 6-8 to the under this season and 7-1 to the under in their last eight games when facing teams with a losing record. We know all about Dame Time, but the reality is that Damien Lillard is missing some key pieces of his supporting cast with CJ McCollum and Jusuf Nurkic out until March. Portland’s games have been going under the total, particularly as a home favorite. Portland is 4-1 to the under in this spot, and this matchup with New York could yield a similar result.
The total is 8-1 to the under when these two teams get together, and it appears New York is the more likely team to dictate the tempo. New York is making a concerted effort to shrink the game down as they’re ranked 30th with 99.2 possessions per game. This should frustrate the Trail Blazers tonight, and while I think they’ll have their fair share of shots, I don’t think the pace will be to their liking.
The one stat that really jumped out to me is that after 14 games this season, Portland has yet to go over the total in consecutive games.
This total opened at 214.5 and has already ticked down to 214. I agree with the move as I can only look to the under in this spot.
The Pick: Under 214