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Portland Trail Blazers vs. New York Knicks - 1/7/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
New York Knicks at Portland Trail Blazers
Date & Time Monday January 7, 2019, 10:00 PM (EST)
Location
Moda Center
Portland, Oregon
The Line
The Line: Portland Trail Blazers -11.5 -- Over/Under: 220.5
TV Channel
NSNW, MSG
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NBA | New York Knicks at Portland Trail Blazers
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The New York Knicks and Portland Trail Blazers meet Monday in NBA action at the Moda Center.

The New York Knicks have a chance to win win back-to-back games for the first time since the end of November. The New York Knicks are averaging 107.8 points on 43.2 percent shooting and allowing 115.8 points on 47.8 percent shooting. Tim Hardaway Jr. is averaging 20.6 points and 2.9 assists while Enes Kanter is averaging 14.4 points and 10.7 rebounds. Emmanuel Mudiay is the third double-digit scorer and Kevin Knox is grabbing 4.3 rebounds. The New York Knicks are shooting 34.7 percent from beyond the arc and 77.2 percent from the free throw line. The New York Knicks are allowing 36.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.2 rebounds per game. The New York Knicks have lost nine of their last 11 road games.

The Portland Trail Blazers look for another victory after winning five of their last eight games. The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 111.2 points on 45.5 percent shooting and allowing 110.2 points on 45.5 percent shooting. Damian Lillard is averaging 26.4 points and six assists while CJ McCollum is averaging 20.9 points and 3.7 rebounds. Jusuf Nurkic is the third double-digit scorer and Al-Farouq Aminu is grabbing 8.2 rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 81.3 percent from the free throw line. The Portland Trail Blazers are allowing 36.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 48.5 rebounds per game. The Portland Trail Blazers have won seven of their last 10 home games.

The Knicks are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 vs. Western Conference, 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 Monday games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Trail Blazers are 10-3-1 ATS in their last 14 Monday games and 30-14 ATS in their last 44 home games. The Knicks are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Portland and 4-9 ATS in the last 13 meetings. The under is 6-1 in Trail Blazers last 7 overall. The over is 4-1 in Knicks last 5 road games.

The New York Knicks are an absolute mess, which includes being outscored by 12.4 points and shooting just 38.6 percent from the field in their last five games. This has the potential to get ugly. However, the Portland Trail Blazers haven't exactly been the most consistent team in the league this season and have only been double-digit favorites twice this season. I love the Trail Blazers at home most nights, but I don't like them an big chalk, as they're often hit or miss. If forced to pick this game, I'd side with the Knicks simply due to the line being too thick for my taste.

Pick:
New York Knicks +11.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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