The New York Knicks (4-19) will attempt to snap their nine-game losing streak when they meet the Portland Trail Blazers (9-15) at Moda Center at the Rose Quarter. The game is scheduled to get underway at 10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, December 10, 2019.
The Over/Under (O/U) for the game opened at 218.5 points with Portland set as a 9-point favorite.
New York Knicks at Portland Trail Blazers Free Prediction
The last time the Knicks played, they were topped by the Indiana Pacers, 104-103, but they did cover as 5.5-point underdogs. The total points for the game (207) came in just under the O/U total of 209. Indiana’s 0.553 effective field goal percentage was their largest strength over New York, who had a mark of 0.458. The Pacers’ mark was above their season average of 0.526. Julius Randle put together a solid game for New York, finishing with 16 points and 12 rebounds.
The Trail Blazers were beaten by the Oklahoma City Thunder in their last matchup, 108-96, despite being 3.5-point favorites. The game’s combined points (204) finished well under the O/U total of 222.5. One of Oklahoma City’s biggest strengths was getting to the free throw line. They had 34 free throw attempts, while Portland had just 18. Portland’s Hassan Whiteside put up 14 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks in the game.
New York could own the offensive glass in this battle. The Knicks rank first in offensive rebounding percentage (25.2 percent), while Portland ranks 24th in defensive rebounding percentage (75.8 percent).
New York comes into the game with records of 4-19 straight up (SU) and 10-12-1 against the spread (ATS). Games including the Knicks have typically finished under the O/U total (65.2 percent).
Meanwhile, Portland is 9-15 SU and 10-13-1 ATS. In opposition of New York, games featuring the Trail Blazers have a slight tendency to go over the projected point total (50.0 percent).
After the Trail Blazers won both games against the Knicks last season, these teams will go head-to-head for the first time this year. In the most recent game, Portland won 111-101. Portland had a better effective field goal percentage (0.535 vs. 0.444). New York, meanwhile, had a better turnover percentage (9.8 vs. 12.5).
Knicks at Trail Blazers Pick
Free Prediction: ATS Winner – Trail Blazers, O/U – Under
New York ranks 11th in steals per game (8.0) while Portland ranks 28th (6.0).
New York ranks fourth in points allowed in the paint per game (42.5) while Portland ranks 13th (47.7).
The Trail Blazers rank 14th in three pointers attempted per game (33.4) while the Knicks rank 19th in three pointers allowed per game (34.7).
New York is 5-5 ATS on the road, while Portland is 3-7 ATS at home.
Over its last five outings, New York is 1-3-1 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs.
Portland is 1-4 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs over its last five games.
The Knicks’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 19.4, up from 10.3 for the season.
During their last five games, the Trail Blazers have scored an average of 108.0 points per game (4.7 below their season average) and allowed an average of 116.0 points per game (0.6 above their season average).