New York Knicks vs. Portland Trail Blazers - 2/5/14
Portland Trail Blazers (34-14) at New York Knicks (19-29)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: New York Knicks +3.5 -- Over/Under: 210 See the Latest Odds
The New York Knicks will be looking to get back on track with a win tonight when they play host to the Portland Trailblazers.
After winning five straight, the Blazers have suddenly found themselves in a bit of a slump with five losses in their last eight including a 100-90 loss at Washington on Monday. LaMarcus Aldridge flirted with a triple double, scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds and six assists while Damian Lillard added 25 points and eigt assists, but despite hanging with the Wizards in the first half, the Blazers completely fell away in the second half and scored just 35 as they lost their fourth straight road game to fall to 34-14 overall.
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Meanwhile, the Knicks were on a nice four-game win streak but after they lost to the Heat on Saturday, they sunk to new lows by losing to the lowly Bucks by 101-98 on Monday. In a truly two-pronged attack, Carmelo Anthony led the way with 36 points while JR Smith added 30 off the bench, but some people would call those "empty stats" because the Knicks still lost the game when Brandon Knight nailed a dagger three with just 1.4 seconds left in the game. It was good to see Smith finally put up a big game but it was even better to see Iman Shumpert return to the game even though he scored just five points in 24 minutes. Anyway, with the loss, the Knicks drop to 19-29 overall and 8-13 on the road.
In ATS trends, the Blazers are 0-4 ATS in their last four games following a loss and 0-4 ATS in their last four road games, while the Knicks are 4-1 ATS in their last five home games but 0-4 ATS in their last four games against teams with winning records.
Head to head, the home team is 5-2-1 ATS in the last eight meetings and 3-9-1 ATS in the last 13 meetings in New York.
Given how good the Knicks have been at home lately, I'm tempted to take them to win and cover tonight against the Blazers who seem to be sputtering but I just can't bring myself to do it against a team who just lost to the Bucks. Instead, I'm going go with the Blazers who have already taken care of the Knicks once this season.