The New York Knicks (9-9) will host the Portland Trail Blazers (10-8) on Friday. Last season these teams split the two head-to-head games, with the home team covering and winning each game outright.
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Losing streak hits four gamesPortland is 12-6 against the spread this season, and the over/under is 6-11-1 in their games. Straight up, Portland is 6-4 on the road, but they have dropped their last three on the road. Overall, Portland has dropped four straight games, falling to the Nets, Jazz, Bucks, and Cavs 114-96 on Wednesday night. Damiana Lillard will not be walking through the door on Friday either, as the superstar is set to be evaluated within the next 10 days. Behind Dame, Anfernee Simons is the team's second-leading scorer averaging 22.8 ppg.
The Trail Blazers are tied for 16th in offensive rating in the NBA. They are sixth in the NBA nailing 38% of their threes, and 25th scoring 109.2 ppg. The defensive is also 16th in rating and seventh giving up 109.2 ppg.
Thankful to snap brief skidThe New York Knicks are 8-9-1 against the spread this season, and their over/under is dead even at 9-9. The team should be well rested after snapping a two-game losing streak with a 129-119 win over Oklahoma City on Monday night. Jalen Brunson shot 14 of 20 from the field and dropped a season-high 34 points in the victory. They are now 4-3 straight-up at the Garden.
Back in The Garden this weekend.— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) November 21, 2022
The Knicks are 20th in the NBA in offensive rating and 19th in defensive rating. They have struggled with shooting, ranking 29th making 31.6% from three, and 24th making 45% of their shots from the floor. Brunson and Julius Randle are both tied for the team lead averaging 20.8 ppg and have not missed a game. Randle also leads the team with 8.8 rebounds per game, and Brunson is dishing out 6.7 assists per contest.
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Full-Game Side Bet
New York has a strong home-court advantage in this situation due to having four days without a game after playing a home game for the Thanksgiving holiday. This is turning into a long road trip for the Blazers, who have gone from Utah to Milwaukee to Cleveland and haven't been able to sleep in their own beds for a while. Portland usually plays hard, but this stretch of tough competition on the road without Dame seems to be wearing them down. Portland has failed to cover the spread in their last four trips to New York, and I don't see that changing on Friday.
Full-Game Total Pick
The Knicks have scored less than 107 points in three of their last four games, and Portland has scored less than 113 in nine of their previous 11. These teams play twice a year, and the under is 10-3 in the last 13 meetings, including 5-2 in the last seven in New York. Portland has also played to the under in 11 of its last 14 road games. The Knicks have seen the under-tickets cash in 19 of their last 26 games against winning teams. Take the under on anything above 218.