The 15-14 Portland Trailblazers will hit the road to face the 21-9 New York Knicks in an NBA pro basketball game on Tuesday night. Tip off time from Madison Square Garden in New York is scheduled for 7:30PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by the NBA League Pass Channel.
The NBA odds from this game will come out on Tuesday afternoon as Carmelo Anthony is listed as questionable with a knee issue. Anthony has missed the past two games with his hyperextended knee injury. It is possible that Amare Stoudemire could return to the Knick lineup on Tuesday as he is nearing the completion of his rehab from his knee surgery.
The Knicks and Trailblazers met once during the lockout season with New York posting the 121-79 home win as a -6 point betting favorite. The total came in at over 199 ½ points. Trend: New York Knicks are 0-4-1 ATS in their past five games.
Portland is 4-10 on the road this season. They have been playing their best stretch of basketball this season with seven wins over their past nine games. Ironically all seven of the wins came at home with the two losses coming on the road as they have played a lot of home dates recently. They come off the 89-85 home win on Saturday to the Philadelphia 76ers as a -3 point betting favorite. The total landed under 190 points. The Trailblazers have struggled defensively on the highway as they have allowed opponents 46.5% shooting from the field.
The Knicks will play their first home game off a three game road trip out west. The team went 1-2 straight up on the just concluded road trip. They completed their trip by dropping a 106-105 road defeat on Friday to the Sacramento Kings as a -3 point betting favorite. New York fails to hold on to a fourth quarter lead late as they are beaten by a buzzer beating outside shot by James Johnson from three. New York nearly overcame a 27 point first half deficit. New York is the seventh ranked scoring offense in the league with 102 points scored per game. The Knick defense has dropped considerably as they are now a mid-pack defense allowing 97 points along with 45.5% shooting. Carmelo Anthony is the leading scorer for New York with 28 points a game and 47% shooting. They suffer a bad break as point guards. Knick guard Raymond Felton out for over a month with a broken pinkie on his shooting hand.