Blazers vs. Knicks Pick
The New York Knicks look to stay hot at home tonight when they host the Portland Trail Blazers at 7:30PM ET.
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Knicks are favored at home today, as they are getting odds of -1.5 points against the Blazers. The over/under total for the contest has been set at 218.5 points. Portland has won seven of the last eight with the Knicks, going 6-2 against the spread in that span.
The Blazers are coming off a 129-109 win at Brooklyn on Sunday to move to 8-7 on the year. They covered in the win, but they are just 5-10 against the spread this season and 1-7 ATS in their last eight games. Portland has been a great offensive team, averaging 108.2 points per game. However, their defense is a mess, allowing 112.2 points per contest. That currently ranks 28th in the league. Damian Lillard is leading the offense with 28 points and 4.5 assists per game while C.J. McCollum is averaging 22.9 points per game.
New York is coming off a 104-94 win over the Hawks to move to 6-7 overall and 6-7 against the spread. The Knicks have won and covered in three of their last four, all at home. The Knicks are averaging just 102.4 points per game on offense while the defense is allowing 106.2 points per contest. Carmelo Anthony is going to average 22.9 points and 5.6 rebounds per game while Kristaps Porzingis is averaging 20.2 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. The Knicks are likely to be without Joakim Noah tonight because of an illness. He is averaging 4.3 points and 8.9 rebounds per game.
The Knicks have been very solid at home, covering and winning in four straight. The Blazers have lost and failed to cover in three straight on road. Portland has the offensive firepower, but their defense is a mess. New York can slow the Blazers down at home and should see a boost in scoring against this Portland team. Look for the Knicks to find a way to win and cover tonight.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: NEW YORK KNICKS-1.5