NBA Betting Matchup: New York Knicks at Portland Trail Blazers

NBA Betting Matchup: New York Knicks at Portland Trail Blazers
Date/Time: Thursday, March 23 – 10:05 PM ET
Site: Moda Center – Portland
TV Coverage: MSG Network

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Pointspread: Blazers -11.5
Total: 213.5 points

The Portland Trail Blazers are trying to remain hot, and they will have to, because they are chasing the Denver Nuggets for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Will they face a challenge from the New York Knicks? Well, NBA bettors often go into the dark on that one, because New York has been a real questionable team on offense this season, and now it’s hard to tell how long their starters will really play.

NBA Betting Matchup: New York Knicks at Portland Trail Blazers

These teams get together at 10:05 PM ET on Thursday at the Moda Center in Portland, and BetAnySports customers, who enjoy great Asian casino action with three no-download options, will have the opportunity to place wagers once the game has begun, using the state-of-the-art software provided by Live Betting Ultra.

Portland, with its 32-38 record, is 1.5 games behind the Nuggets in the West, and they have stayed right in the hunt by winning eight of their last 11 games. They have also been shooting quite well; in seven of the last 12 contests, they have hit better than 50% from the field, and for a team that is not among the best defensively in the league, it would appear to be a step forward that they have gone six full games without allowing the opponent to shoot 50%. And with the Blazers have done that is quite special is hit from three-point range; in ten of the last 14 outings they have made at least 40% of their triple attempts. Sometimes, however, it doesn’t work out so well, and such was the case when they went cold late against Milwaukee on Tuesday, blowing a lead and losing 93-90.

The Knicks won the previous meeting by a 107-103 score back on November 22 at the Garden. In that game, the teams combined to shoot just 15-51 from beyond the arc, and Portland got 26 free-throw attempts on the road, compared to only eight for the home team. Things have gotten a little different around the Big Apple in the latter stages of the season. It has become clear, even to head coach Jeff Hornacek, and especially to those BetAnySports patrons who have followed this team, that the “hybrid” he was trying to implement between his own up-tempo offense and Phil Jackson’s Triangle, which he has urged the coach to try, has not worked. But Jackson is steadfast; he wants this team concentrating on the offense he used to win multiple championships in both Chicago and Los Angeles, and he recently found a vocal supporter in Shaquille O’Neal, who criticized the Knicks’ players for being too “stubborn” to adapt to the Triangle, which, he explains, is so unlike what other NBA teams are doing that they will have a hard time defending against it.

At the same time, the Knicks will be limiting the minutes for people like Carmelo Anthony and probably point guard Derrick Rose, as they take a look at young players like guard Ron Baker and center Willie Hernangomez, along with three other rookies. Hornacek, however, has pointed out that if it’s a close game, you will see the veterans in there. Can they make it close? Well, that’s a good question – we don’t really know the answer, but we can tell you that when New York is in the second end of the back to back situation (they played at Utah and lost last night), they have gone 10-3 to the “over,” and this is the worst defensive rebounding team in the NBA, so even on those shots Portland doesn’t make, they have a good chance for a second opportunity.

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