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NBA Betting Pick and Prediction: Portland Trail Blazers vs. New York Knicks

January 9, 2024


The Portland Trail Blazers will travel to New York, New York to face the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden with the game tipping off at 7:30 PM ET on Tuesday night and will air on the MSG Channel.



Portland has been one of the worst teams in the Western Conference this season as they enter this game with a record of 10-25 which gives them the 2nd worst record in the conference, however, they are coming off a 134-127 overtime win on the road against the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday which also ended their three-game losing streak. The Trail Blazers have been one of the worst teams offensively in the NBA this season as they enter this game averaging the 2nd fewest points per game in the league with an average of 108.97 points per game. 



Jerami Grant has been one of the better players on the team as he leads the team in scoring with an average of 21.8 points per game. Portland hasn’t been much better on defense as they are allowing an average of 116.34 points per game which is more than the league average of 115.5 points per game. The Portland Trail Blazers will look to build off the momentum following the overtime win against the Nets when they travel to face the New York Knicks.



The New York Knicks enter this matchup with the 6th best record in the Eastern Conference at 21-15 and are on a four-game winning streak following a 121-105 win on the road against the Washington Wizards on Saturday. New York has been an above-average team offensively and defensively as they enter this game averaging 115.78 points per game while allowing an average of 112.44 points per game which ranks 11th and 12th in the NBA this season. 



Jalen Brunson and Julius Randle have played pivotal roles in the success the offense has had for the Knicks this season as they have combined for 50.3 points and 11.1 assists per game while Randle is 2nd on the team in rebounds with an average of 9.3 rebounds per game. The New York Knicks will look to extend their winning streak to five games when they host the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday night.



BookMaker has the New York Knicks listed as 10.5-point favorites at home against the Portland Trail Blazers Portland has won six of the last ten while New York has won two of the previous three meetings. The Knicks are 7-3 ATS in the last ten and have covered the spread in two of the previous three games in the series. The Portland Trail Blazers are 16-19 ATS overall, 10-9 ATS on the road, and 15-16 ATS as an underdog this season while the New York Knicks are 19-15-2 ATS overall, 8-5-1 ATS at home, and 12-6 ATS as a favorite on the year.



New York is the better team this season and has been the better team most recently in the series, winning two of the previous three matchups. The Knicks are 7-3 ATS in the last ten and 2-1 ATS in the last three games in the series while also being the better team at covering the spread this season with a record of 19-15-2 ATS overall while the Trail Blazers are 16-19 ATS overall As a result, I am buying the .5 point and laying the points with the New York Knicks when they host the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday night. 

Spooky Express Pick: New York Knicks -10