New York Knicks vs Portland Trail Blazers Prediction, 3/14/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: New York Knicks vs Portland Trail Blazers
Date: Tuesday, March 14, 2023
Location: Moda Center in Portland, OR
TV: ROOT Sports
The Portland Trail Blazers will compete against the New York Knicks at Moda Center on Tuesday.
The Knicks took the court against the Lakers and went home with a win by a final score of 112-108 in their last game. New York wrapped up the game having earned a 47.7% FG percentage (42 out of 88) and buried 11 out of their 37 3-point attempts. At the charity stripe, the Knicks knocked down 17 of their 21 tries for a rate of 81.0%. In the matter of grabbing boards, they compiled 46 with 12 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 18 assists in the game as well as forcing the other team into 11 turnovers and getting 8 steals. Pertaining to the defense, New York allowed 48.3% from the floor on 43 of 89 shooting. Los Angeles recorded 24 dimes and had 6 steals in the matchup. Additionally, Los Angeles collected 37 rebounds (10 offensive, 27 defensive) and added 3 blocks. Los Angeles ended up going 58.8% from the charity stripe by converting 10 of 17 shots. They also buried 12 of 36 attempts from three-point range. In the matter of fouls, the Knicks left the arena with 18 and the Lakers accounted for 17 fouls.
Julius Randle is someone who was a major factor in this contest. He ended up with 33 points on 11 of 24 shooting. He played for 36 mins played and collected 8 rebounds. Randle ended up shooting 45.8% from the field and distributed 5 dimes.
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New York comes into this game with a win-loss mark of 40-30 this year. They turn it over 12.9 times per game and as a team they commit 20.7 personal fouls per game. As a team, New York is grabbing 47.0 boards per game and has accounted for 1,559 assists for the campaign, which is 26th in the league in terms of passing. The Knicks are hitting 34.7% on shots from distance (864 of 2,488) and 76.6% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 115.0 points per contest (14th in basketball) on 46.4% from the floor.
Defensively, the Knicks are able to force 12.6 turnovers per game while drawing 20.9 personal fouls. They rank 14th in the NBA in allowing assists with 1,727 relinquished this year. The Knicks are allowing and opponent field goal percentage of 45.6% (2,833 of 6,211) and they relinquish 42.9 rebounds per contest as a squad. They are giving up 34.6% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they are ranked 8th in the NBA in points per game from their opponents (112.3).
In their last game, the Trail Blazers took a loss by a score of 127-110 when they faced the Pelicans. In reference to cleaning up the glass, Portland allowed New Orleans to collect 43 in total (8 on the offensive side). They went 47.5% from beyond the arc by going 19 of 40 and ended up shooting 22 out of 29 at the free throw line (75.9%). The Trail Blazers allowed the Pelicans to convert 43 of 86 attempts from the floor which gave them a percentage of 50.0% for the matchup. When this game wrapped up, the Trail Blazers shot 43 for 88 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 48.9%. When it comes to 3-pointers, Portland made 10 out of 33 attempts (30.3%). They were able to knock down 14 of those for a clip of 70.0%. The Pelicans earned 19 fouls in this game which took the Trail Blazers to the charity stripe for a total of 20 attempts. They turned the ball over 17 times, while recording 10 steals for the matchup. The Trail Blazers pulled down 36 defensive boards and 10 offensive rebounds for a total of 46 for this game.
Anfernee Simons ended up being a factor for the Trail Blazers for the game. He knocked down 7 of 15 for this contest for a rate of 46.7%, and accounted for 2 rebounds. Simons totaled 17 points in his 25 mins on the hardwood and added 4 assists in this matchup.
Portland has a record of 31-37 for the season. The Trail Blazers are responsible for committing 20.3 fouls every game and they go 80.2% from the free throw line. They are assisting teammates 24.1 times per game (22nd in the NBA) and they are turning it over 14.6 times per contest. Portland has scored 7,790 points so far this year (114.6 per contest) and they collect 41.2 boards per game. On the offensive side of the ball, the Trail Blazers are connecting on 48.0% from the floor, which ranks 10th in the league.
The Portland defense surrenders 37.2% from downtown (820 of 2,206) and opponents are making 78.4% of their free throw shots. They have conceded 26.4 assists and 41.9 boards per game, which is ranked 29th and 6th in basketball. The Trail Blazers on defense are ranked 19th in basketball in points given up per game with 115.8. They are forcing their opponents into 13.4 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 48.7% from the floor (26th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Portland
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