New York Knicks vs Portland Blazers Prediction, 1/24/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New York Knicks vs Portland Blazers
Date: Sunday, January 24, 2021
Location: Moda Center in Portland, OR
TV: NBC Sports Northwest
Odds/Point Spread: New York (+5)
The New York Knicks (8-9) travel to Moda Center on Sunday where they'll meet the Portland Blazers (8-6). The spread on this matchup has Portland as 5-point favorites. The O/U has been set at 214.5.
The New York Knicks stepped onto the hardwood against the Sacramento Kings and went home with a loss by a final score of 103-94 in their last contest. New York finished the game with a 38.3% field goal percentage (36 of 94) and converted 5 of their 22 shots from 3-point land. From the charity stripe, the Knicks converted 17 of 25 attempts for a rate of 68.0%. When discussing grabbing boards, they collected 57 with 16 of them being of the offensive sort. They also distributed 19 assists for this contest while earning 2 steals and 6 blocks. In reference to defending, New York allowed their opponent to shoot 41.8% from the floor on 38 out of 91 shooting. Sacramento earned 21 assists and had 6 steals for this contest. On top of that, the Kings grabbed 55 rebounds (12 offensive, 43 defensive) and earned 14 blocks. Sacramento finished the game shooting 71.4% when shooting free throws by converting 15 of 21 shots. They knocked down 12 out of their 34 attempts from 3-point range.
Julius Randle is a guy who was a major contributor in this matchup. He accounted for 26 points on 8 out of 17 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 35:53 mins played and also snagged 15 boards. Randle went 47.1% from the floor and also totaled 4 dimes. Another guy that was a major factor in this matchup for the Knicks was RJ Barrett. He had 7 rebounds and had 3 assists. He ended up going 47.1% from the field for the game by going 8-of-17 (21 points). When all was said and done, Barrett was on the hardwood for 35:53 minutes.
New York enters this one with a record of 8-9 so far this year. The Knicks are connecting on 34.4% on three-point attempts (157 of 457) and 74.6% from the free throw line. They have an average of 101.3 points per contest (30th in the league) while shooting 44.2% from the floor. They are losing possession via turnover 14.4 times per game and as a unit are committing 21.0 personal fouls every game. As a unit, New York is grabbing 47.6 rebounds per game and has earned 366 assists this year, which has them ranked 15th in basketball in terms of passing. On the defensive end, the Knicks are able to force 12.1 turnovers every game while drawing 20.2 personal fouls. They are surrendering 31.0% from 3-point land and they rank 1st in the league in points per game from their opponents (102.8). The Knicks are allowing a shooting percentage of 43.0% (205 of 344) and they surrender 46.0 rebounds per game as a group. They are 20th in basketball in allowing assists with 384 conceded for the year.
The last time they took the court, the Portland Blazers walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 125-104 against the San Antonio Spurs. The Blazers earned 26 defensive boards and 8 offensive rebounds totaling 34 in the game. They also blocked 6 shots while recording 9 steals for the matchup. The Spurs were called for 17 fouls in this matchup which took the Blazers to the free throw line for a total of 19 attempts. They were able to bury 16 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 84.2%. Regarding 3-pointers, Portland knocked down 10 out of their 35 attempts (28.6%). When the final whistle was blown, the Blazers shot 39 for 90 from the field which gave them a percentage of 43.3%. The Blazers allowed the Spurs to bury 48 of their 90 attempts from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 53.3% in this matchup. They finished 45.5% from 3-point land by going 15 of 33 and finished the contest at 14 of 16 from the charity stripe (87.5%). Regarding how they cleaned up the glass, Portland permitted San Antonio to grab 48 in all (12 on the offensive side).
Damian Lillard was important for the Blazers for this contest. He made 10 of 23 for the contest giving him a field goal percentage of 43.5%, which had him finishing with 35 points. Lillard collected 3 boards in his 35:35 mins of time on the hardwood and earned 6 dimes for the matchup. An additional guy that ended up playing a role for Portland was Rodney Hood. He ended up scoring 21 points in 25:25 minutes played via 9 of 14 from the floor in this contest. Hood finished going 64.3% from the field while also totaling 2 assists and 2 rebounds.
Portland has a record of 8-6 so far this season. Portland has earned 1,608 pts for the season (114.9 per game) and they collect 43.9 boards per game. The Blazers commit 20.4 fouls per game and they hit 81.0% from the charity stripe. As an offense, the Blazers are shooting 43.8% from the field, which ranks 27th in the league. They are getting an assist 21.7 times per contest (28th in basketball) and they are turning it over 11.8 times per game. The Blazers are ranked 25th in basketball in points given up per game with 115.9. They are able to force 14.1 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 47.0% from the field (23rd in basketball). The Portland defense gives up 36.1% on three-point shots (184 of 509) and opponents are knocking down 79.7% of their foul shots. They have allowed 25.9 dimes and 47.4 boards on a nightly basis, which ranks them 23rd and 26th in the league.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take New York (+5)
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