Portland (8-7) at New York (6-7)
When: Tuesday, November 22nd 2016
Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
Time: 7:35 ET | TV: CSN Northwest, MSG
The Portland Trail Blazers continue their five-game road trip with a date in Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night against the New York Knicks. Portland is currently 1-2 on their trip after Sunday’s 129-109 thrashing of the Brooklyn Nets after being blown-out in their previous two games by New Orleans and Houston. Portland held the Nets to 39.8% shooting and spread the points around on the other end with six players, including three reserves, scoring in double figures. Evan Turner signed a four-year, $70 million deal over the summer to lead the second unit, but he averaged 7.1 points on 35.2% shooting in the first 14 games and went 1-of-7 from the field in a loss at New Orleans on Friday. Turner snapped out of the funk on Sunday with 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting. C.J. McCollum was 12-of-19 from the floor including 6-of-10 from beyond the arc on Sunday en route to 33 points giving him at least 24 points in the first three games of the trip. Portland will end the trip the next night in Cleveland.
New York allowed the Washington Wizards to shoot 54.3% from the field in a 119-112 road loss on Thursday, prompting an hour-long team meeting over the weekend and resulting in a solid effort on Sunday – a 104-94 home win against Atlanta. New York allowed an average of 117.3 points in its last three road games while limiting opponents to 92.3 points in the last four at home. The Knicks held Atlanta to 40% shooting in Sunday’s win and got the bulk of their offense from Carmelo Anthony, who had 31 points on 12-of-22 shooting. Kristaps Porzingis had a season-high tying 11 rebounds on Sunday to go along with his 19 points in 30 minutes. Center Joakim Noah (illness) sat out Sunday and is day-to-day and he leads the club with 8.9 rebounds per game. The Knicks will have a home-and-home series with Charlotte later this week.
It’s really hard to go against New York at home right now and the Blazers have been roughed up a bit on their long road trip. I expect New York’s defense to play well at home tonight and come away with the victory.
Pick: Knicks -1.5