Portland Trail Blazers at New York Knicks - 3/1/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Portland Trail Blazers (32-28) at New York Knicks (25-36)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 7:30 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: New York Knicks +5 -- Over/Under: 207.5 See the Latest Odds
The Portland Trailblazers invade Madison Square Garden to battle the New York Knicks on Tuesday night.
The Trailblazers have now won 17 of their last 21 games to climb their way into the playoff picture with a record of 32-28 and they haven't shown any signs of slowing down as they aim for a third straight after win after beating the Pacers by 111-102 on Sunday. Damian Lillard had scored 30 points or more in his last four games and he was good enough to make it five on Sunday with a game-high 33 points while CJ McCollum chipped in with 19 points as the Blazers took control of the game early on, jumping out to a double digit lead before holding on for another impressive win. Portland is now 32-28 on the season which is good enough for seventh place in the Western Conference standings.
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Meanwhile, the Knicks have lost 14of their last 17 games and are coming off a 98-81 home loss to the Heat. Carmelo Anthony led the team in scoring with 25 points but he shot just nine of 24 from the field while Robin Lopez chipped in with 14 points and 14 rebounds but the Knicks simply missed a lot of open shots they usually make which led to regular fast-break opportunities for the Heat who capitalized. Kristaps Porzingis has been in strong form lately with scores of 17, 22 and 18 over his last three games but he had just nine points in a poor showing against the Heat so look for him to bounce back on Tuesday.
In ATS trends, the Blazers are 5-0 ATS in their last five road games and 7-2 ATS in their last nine games overall, while the Knicks are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games overall and 1-7 ATS in their last eight home games.
Head to head, the Blazers are 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings overall and 4-10-1 ATS in the last 15 meetings in New York.
The Knicks seem to be going through some challenges both on the court and behind closed doors so they'll be eager to steady the ship with a nice win on Tuesday, but I'm sticking with the Blazers who have been the second best team in the league over the past 21 games,