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NBA betting line favors Trail Blazers over Knicks

New York KnicksPortland Trail Blazers
3-9November 25, 2013, 10:00 | Rose Garden12-2

The Trail Blazers will be trying to slam the Knicks on Monday when the teams tip off at Rose Garden in NBA betting action.

Portland battles the Knicks, currently with a 3-9 mark (3-9 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 9-5 for the Trail Blazers and 6-6 for the Knicks. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

View New York Knicks vs Portland Trail Blazers Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened this morning as 8-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark (including 5Dimes), while the total was hovering around 195.5 at BetOnline and other shops.

The Trail Blazers - Knicks odds would favor the Trail Blazers if the lines were set according to power ranks. Portland is rated No. 10 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Knicks sit at No. 11. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 97-86 win for the Trail Blazers.

The Knicks were a 98-89 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Wizards. They failed to cover the 1.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (187) made winners of UNDER bettors. New York got 23 points and 12 rebounds from Carmelo Anthony in a losing cause in a 98-89 loss to Washington on Saturday at Verizon Center.

The Trail Blazers were a 113-101 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Warriors. They covered the 4.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (214) made winners of OVER bettors. LaMarcus Aldridge went off for 30 points and added 21 rebounds leading Portland to a 113-101 win over Golden State on Saturday at Oracle Arena.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Portland's No. 6-ranked offense, averaging 104 PPG, against a Knicks defense that ranks No. 15 at 99.17 PPG. The Trail Blazers field goal percentage has averaged 45.36% so far, more than the Knicks shooters have achieved on the year, 42.03% per game.

Next up:
New York at Los Angeles, Wednesday, November 27th
Portland at Phoenix, Wednesday, November 27th