Free Portland vs NY Knicks Spread Preview

Posted by Henry Watkins on February 29, 2016 in

There are numerous tell-tale signs that make it clear that a team is really not very good. The inability to score or play defense is high on the list, as is a lack of desire or drive in the players currently on the payroll. One thing that you don’t see very often is the home crowd cheering on the other team, yet that is what happened at Madison Square Garden last week, where fans where clearly heard cheering for the visiting Miami Heat. If you want a sign as to how far the Knick franchise has fallen in the past few years, look no further than that. It’s going to be interesting to see how the crowd reacts when the red hot Portland Trail Blazers pay a visit on Tuesday night. The unrest could become even more vocal with yet another loss to a visiting team. To make sure you can get in on the action for this and other NBA games going on Tuesday make sure to check out our pro hoops betting page.

How To Bet The Portland Vs NY Knicks NBA Odds, TV and Game Info

When: Tuesday, March 1 at 7:30 PM EST
Where: Madison Square Garden, New York City
Radio: KPOJ and WEPN
Live Stream: MSGGo

Why bet on the Portland Trail Blazers

The Trail Blazers (32-28) have been one of the best stories in the league since the start of the second half of the season. They have put together a magnificent run of games that has seen them go 8-2 in their last 10, and that has helped them climb into 7th in the Western Conference. As good as they have been, there were many people who looked at the current 5-game road trip that they are on as the true test of whether or not this team is for real. The Blazers have won the opening 2 games of that trip, and look like a pretty good bet to make it 3 in a row on Tuesday night. Portland may still be just 13-16 on the road, but they have now won their last 5 in hostile territory. The Trail Blazers are averaging 103.6 PPG, and are giving up 102.3 PPG.

Why bet on the New York Knicks

I have already briefly touched on just how poor the Knicks (25-36) have been this season, and a closer look at their numbers reveals just how bad. The Knicks have managed only 2 wins in their last 10 games, and have lost 5 games at home during that stretch. Is it any wonder the fans at MSG are starting to appear more than a little disgruntled? Overall, the Knicks have posted a 15-17 record on home court, and have only managed 9 wins overall against opponents from the Western Conference. That said, the Knicks did manage to take out the Trail Blazers in their meeting earlier this season, so they may have some hope heading into this one. New York are averaging 99.1 PPG, and are giving up 101.6 PPG.

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Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

The Knicks may have won the earlier meeting versus Portland this season, but the Trail Blazers have won each of their last 3 visits to MSG. The Trail Blazers are playing very good ball right now, and I think they get the win here.

Portland Trail Blazers 104 New York Knicks 99