Knicks vs. Blazers Free Pick
ODDS: Oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv have installed the Trail Blazers as 6-point favorites versus the Knicks, while the over/under total is currently sitting at 193.5. New York is 38-24 overall while Portland is 29-34 on the year.
LINE MOVEMENT: The Blazers opened as a 4-point favorites but the spread has been bet up to 6 points at most online sports books, while the total opened at 194 and has been bet down to 193.5.
PUBLIC BETTING: Of the current wagers placed on tonight’s game, 60% of NBA public bettors currently favor the Blazers. This information is subject to change, however, so make sure you click on the link provided to get the most updated public betting numbers.
NBA FREE PICK: Take Portland. According to latest NBA trends, Knicks are 5-11-2 ATS in their last 18 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game, 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 games following a S.U. loss, 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 games following a ATS loss and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a SU loss of more than 10 points. Portland is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. loss, 15-5-2 ATS in their last 22 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record and 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall.
New York (38-24 SU, 30-30-2 ATS, 28-32-2 O/U) is in big trouble. Star forward Carmelo Anthony is going back to New York to have his knee checked out, while 2012-13 Defensive Player of the Year Tyson Chandler is doubtful with knee issues. New York is coming off a 117-94 loss at Denver on Wednesday getting 8.5, while Portland (29-34 SU, 28-32-3 ATS, 34-28-1 O/U) is coming off a 102-97 loss at home to Memphis on Tuesday, getting 1.5. New York has had a tough road trip as they also lost to Golden State by 29 on Monday. The Trail Blazers are 3 1/2 games behind the Los Angeles Lakers for eighth place in the West and need this game against a tired and depleted Knicks team. Nicolas Batum led the Trailblazers with 26 in their won over the Knicks on New Year's Day. He struggled against Memphis but should bounce back. It also might get ugly for Ray Felton, who played for Portland a year ago and struggled with weight. He's now coming off a blowout loss at Denver and has to stay with quick rookie point guard Damian Lillard, who's averaging 19 points per game and 6.4 assists.
2013 NBA FREE PICK: PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS -6