Portland Trail Blazers vs. New York Knicks - 11/25/13
New York Knicks (3-9) at Portland Trail Blazers (12-2)
NBA Basketball: Monday, November 25, 2013 at 10:00 pm (Rose Garden)
The Line: Portland Trail Blazers -8 -- Over/Under: 194.5 See the Latest Odds
The Portland Trail Blazers look to continue their winning streak over the slumping New York Knicks on Monday night from the Rose Garden.
The Portland Trail Blazers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400 and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall, but just 3-11 ATS in their last 14 home games. The Knicks on the other hand are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600, but just 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
The Portland Trail Blazers come into tonight's showdown as the hottest team in the league after the first month of action, having won 10 straight games for the first time since late in 2007 when they won 13 in a row. The Trail Blazers have been red hot from beyond the arc during their winning streak, hitting 43 percent from long distance, which is only slightly above their overall percent from the field (45.6). On the season, Portland is ranked in the top ten in the league in points, rebounds, assists and points allowed as they continue to stamp themselves as a serious contender out West.
One team that's not looking like a contender at the moment are the New York Knicks, who slumped to 3-9 following their 98-89 loss in Washington on Saturday night. Nothing has really gone right for this Knicks squad to start the season, losers of five-straight as they continue to struggle on the offensive end. New York is averaging just 93.3 points per game on the season, which ranks 24th in the league. The Knicks also rank 24th of worse in assists and rebounding per game.
I just touched on New York's offensive struggles this season, but I still think this game goes over the total. Portland have been one of the premier offensive teams in the early stages of the season and four of their six home games thus far has gone over the total. They like to push the pace at all costs and their lacks defensive pressure should give New York a chance to breakout of their offensive slump. I wouldn't beat a heap money, because we are still dealing with the Knicks, but my gut tells me this one goes over in the final minute...
Dan’s Pick: Over 194.5
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