Portland Trailblazers (11-5) vs NY Knicks (4-13)Date : 11/20/2018
Time : 7:30 pm EST
Location : Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Portland Trailblazers vs NY Knicks
The Portland Trail Blazers will continue their road trip as they will visit Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night to take on the New York Knicks at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The Blazers halted a two-game losing streak as they picked up a 119-109 win over the Washington Wizards on November 18th as Damian Lillard stepped up for his team in putting up 40 points, 6 rebounds, along with five assist in the win.
On the other hand, the Knicks lost their fifth straight game by suffering a 131-117 road loss to the Orlando Magic on November 18th as the Magic shot 57% from the floor while Aaron Gordon along with Nikola Vucevic scored 31 and 28 points for the Magic in the victory. Tim Hardaway Jr led the Knicks in scoring with 32 points along with nailing five of eight 3-point attempts for the night. In all, the Trailblazers are 4-1 against the spread in the last 5 meetings versus New York while the under is 4 and 1 in the last 5 meetings at Madison Square Garden.
Portland Trailblazers 's Latest Performance :
Damian Lillard leads the Portland Trail Blazers in points per outing with 27 while also leading the team in assists with 6 per contest. In other words, Lillard continues to show his leadership and overall worth to the Trailblazers organization in maintaining his consistency over his career. He certainly illustrated this type of play in his last outing as he was able to go 12 for 29 from the floor while collecting 40 points for the game along with six rebounds and five assists in a huge win over the reeling Washington Wizards on November 18th.
With that being said, the Trailblazers were able to atone for losing two straight games to the Lakers as well as to the Minnesota Timberwolves before beating up on the Wizards in their last outing. It is for this reason that one should look for Lillard in company to take advantage of the impending disfunction that awaits the Washington Wizards after a horrible homestand that will end in a loss on Tuesday night.
NY Knicks 's Latest Performance :
The Knicks continue to let their season slip away early as they are losers of their last five games after a 131-117 Road lost to the Orlando Magic in their last time out as Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vucevic were the stars once again as they put up 31 and 28 points, respectively, in the win with Vucevic having 10 rebounds along with 9 assists on the night. Their awful defensive performance totally negated a 32 point night for Tim Hardaway Jr along with a 21 point and 19 rebound effort from Enes Kanter. Trey Burke also kicked in 31 points in the loss as well.
Nonetheless, the Knicks find themselves in a position to where there are desperate for another win. They will certainly have problems versus a Portland Trail Blazers squad that has been continuing to gain momentum and confidence with every game that passes.
How Portland Trailblazers & NY Knicks Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Portland is 11-5 ATS while the OU is 8-8
New York is 7-9-1 ATS while the OU is 10-7
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
While this game will be important for both teams, look for it to be much more important for the Washington Wizards in that they certainly need some confidence moving forward after being up and down the entire season. Of course, they will not find things easy versus a Portland squad that is very tough, in its own right. And with a leader like Lillard and McCullum on deck, expect the Trailblazers to perform well in this matchup as well.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Portanland Trailblazers -7.5
My reason for the pick :
While the Knicks return home looking to fare much better than they have on the road in their prior three games, they will certainly have to ensure that they step up on the defensive side of the court versus the Portland Trail Blazers. The problem is that New York is simply not playing any defense at all versus their opponents this year as this shows in their overall ranking within the league at 25 (115 ppg). With that being the case, look for the Portland Trail Blazers to continue their hot streak at Madison Square Garden versus a Knicks team that can be dangerous, however cannot maintain consistency on the defensive end of the floor.
Totals Selection: Pick: Over 221.5
My reason for the prediction :
With the way that the Portland Trail Blazers have been playing lately, I will definitely back the over as they battle against a New York Knicks squad that has proven time and again that they have little to no defensive prowess in 2018. In all, expect this to be a game in which the Trailblazers pull away early while cruising in the second half to their 2nd Street win.
Betting trends for Portland Trailblazers :
- Under is 4-0 in Trail Blazers last 4 vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
Under is 6-1 in Trail Blazers last 7 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
Under is 6-1 in Trail Blazers last 7 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
Betting trends for NY Knicks :
- New York Knicks are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
Knicks are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Tuesday games.
Over is 4-0 in Knicks last 4 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.