The Portland Trail Blazers are 1-0 both SU and ATS against the New York Knicks so far this season as those two teams square off once again in NBA betting action on Thursday night.
The Blazers topped the Knicks 105-100 as a 9.5-point road underdog in the first meeting of the season between those two teams back on January 1. Overall the Knicks are just 3-7 SU but 6-3-1 ATS over their past 10 games against the Blazers dating back to 2008.
The Trail Blazers sport records of 29-34 and 29-32-2 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Knicks sit at 38-24 and 31-31 ATS on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 34-29 for the Trail Blazers and 29-31-2 for the Knicks. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).
The Knicks were listed as 4-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks (including Sportsbook.ag), with the total listed at 194 earlier in the day (check TopBet for updates during the day).
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Trail Blazers - Knicks odds would favor the Knicks if the lines were set according to power ranks. Portland is rated No. 20 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Knicks sit at No. 9. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 101-96 win for the Knicks.
How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Portland's No. 17-rated squad against New York's No. 22-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Portland rates No. 6 in the league with 8.1 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 2 with 10.7 per outing.
Defensively, the Knicks feature the league's No. 10-rated defense on the road, giving up 97.6 points per game. Portland, meanwhile, comes in at No. 13 in the league in scoring at home.
Last time out for New York, they were a 117-94 loser as they battled the Nuggets on the road. The Knicks failed to cover in the match as an 8.5-point underdog, while 211 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. New York was crushed on Wednesday, getting run out of the gym by Denver and falling 117-94 at Pepsi Center.
The Trail Blazers were a 102-97 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Grizzlies. They failed to cover the 1.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (199) made winners of OVER bettors. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 28 points and added 10 rebounds for a double-double, but his team still lost 102-97 against Memphis in NBA action at Rose Garden.
New York Knicks Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing LA Clippers are 4-6
After playing Denver are 4-6
After a loss are 6-4
Portland Trail Blazers Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 3-7
Before playing Detroit are 5-5
After playing Memphis are 5-5
After a loss are 3-7
A few Knicks at Trail Blazers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of New York's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of New York's last 8 games
New York is 5-11 ATS in its last 16 games
New York is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Portland's last 9 games at home
Portland is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games when playing at home against New York
The total has gone OVER in 13 of Portland's last 17 games
Portland is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games when playing New York
New York at LA Clippers, Sunday, March 17
Portland home to Detroit, Saturday, March 16