Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Madison Square Garden
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The Portland Trail Blazers travel to Madison Square Garden to play the New York Knicks on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. The opening line for this game has Portland as 3.5 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 207.
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The Trail Blazers come into this game with an overall record of 32-28 and a road record of 13-16. They are 2nd in the Northwest Division. They currently have a point differential of 1.3 as they are averaging 103.6 points per game while giving up 102.3 per contest. Portland is 9-3 against division opponents and they have a conference record of 23-16. They are 8-2 in their last 10 games. The Knicks have an overall record of 25-36 and a home record of 15-17. They currently are 3rd in the Atlantic Division. They are averaging 99.1 points per game and surrendering 101.6, good for a point differential of -2.6. New York has a division record of 6-6 and a conference record of 16-24. In their last 10 games they are 2-8.
Damian Lillard comes into this contest averaging 25.4 points per game while playing 36 minutes per night so far this season for the Trail Blazers. He pulls down 4.3 rebounds per game and dishes out 7 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 43% while his free throw percentage is currently at 87%. C.J. McCollum averages 20.8 points per game in 35 minutes per contest this season. He averages 4.3 assists per contest and 3.6 rebounds per game for Portland. His field goal percentage is 44% for the year while his free throw percentage is 81%.
Carmelo Anthony averages 21.5 points per game while playing 35.1 minutes per contest this year for the Knicks. He grabs 8 rebounds per game and has 4.2 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 42% and his free throw percentage currently is at 81%. Kristaps Porzingis averages 14 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 28.1 minutes per contest. He also averages 7.4 rebounds per contest and 1.2 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 43% and his free throw percentage is 85%.
Portland averages 103.6 points per contest this season which ranks them 8th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 1.3 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team which has them ranked 13th. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 8th in the league. They average 54.2 rebounds per game and 21.4 assists per game which ranks them 5th and 19th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 17th with 14.7 per game. The Trail Blazers allow 102.3 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 16th in the league. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the arc ranking them 17th and 21st in those defensive categories. Opponents average 51.9 rebounds a game which ranks 14th and they give up 21.4 assists per contest which puts them in 12th place in the league. They force 13.4 turnovers per game which ranks them 26th in the league.
New York averages 99.1 points per game this year which ranks them 23rd in the league. Their average scoring margin is -2.6 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team which has them sitting in the 23rd spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 34% which is good for 24th in the NBA. They average 52.1 rebounds per game and 20.2 assists per contest which ranks them 14th and 26th respectively. In the turnover department the Knicks rank 8th with 13.5 per game. The Knicks allow 101.6 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 12th in the league. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc ranking them 15th and 8th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 52.5 rebounds a game which ranks 19th and they give up 20.8 assists per contest which puts them in 5th place in the league. The Knicks force 11.6 turnovers per game which ranks them 30th in the NBA.
The Trail Blazers average 100.1 points per game on the road this season and they have scored 106.3 ppg in their past 3 contests. They have an average scoring differential of -1.9 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference is 1 per contest. The Trail Blazers have an offensive rating of 108.1 and a defensive rating of 106.7. In terms of pace they average 95.4 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 51%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 54% and they shoot 3 pointers on 33% of their shots. Portland turns the ball over an average of 13.4 times per 100 possessions and they force 12.3 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 50%.
The Knicks score 100.2 ppg at home and they have averaged 98 points per contest in their last 3 games. They have an average scoring differential of -2.3 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they have a difference of -1.1 points per game. The Knicks rating on offense is 105.2 and they have a defensive rating of 107.9. They get 93.4 possessions per 48 minutes and they have an effective field goal percentage of 48%. As a unit they have a true shooting percentage of 53% and they attempt 3 pointers on 25% of their shot attempts. New York turns the ball over on 12.5 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents average 10.7 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year is 49%.
Portland Trail Blazers Betting Trends
The Portland Trail Blazers are 34-26-0 against the spread
The Portland Trail Blazers are 33-26-1 against the over/under
New York Knicks Betting Trends
The New York Knicks are 32-29-0 against the spread
The New York Knicks are 30-30-1 against the over/under
Portland Trail Blazers Injuries
No key injuries to report
New York Knicks Injuries
12/30/15 F Cleanthony Early Knee out indefinitely
02/29/16 G Arron Afflalo Thigh "?" Tuesday vs. Portland
Josh's Pick: Take Portland
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