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    Portland Trailblazers versus New York Knicks Pick Prediction NBA Pro Basketball Odds Preview 3-14-2013


    by tonytssportsbets

    The 38-24 New York Knicks will be on a back to back when they face the 29-34 Portland Trailblazers in an NBA pro basketball game on Thursday night. Tip off time from Portland is scheduled for 10:30PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by TNT.

    The odds from this NBA game has the home team Portland Trailblazers favored by -3 ½ points with an over under line of 196 points. There has been no line movement since the odds came out a few hours ago.

    The teams met back on New Year’s Day with the Trailblazers posting the 105-100 road win at the Knicks as a +9 ½ point underdog. The game finished over 196 points.

    New York has a road record of 16-14 on the year. They lose their second straight all on this west coast trip following a 117-94 road defeat on Wednesday night to the Denver Nuggets as a +8 ½ point underdog. The game ended over 206 points The Knicks started this trip on Monday losing 92-63 at Golden St. New York fell behind 64-42 at the half in defeat. They shoot 43% from the floor and made 11 of 28 from three point distance. New York turned the ball over 19 times and lost the rebounding battle by 20 boards. The Knicks give up 48.8% shooting to the Nuggets. Iman Shumpert led New York with 20 points on 8 of 10 from the floor. The Knicks offensive woes continue as the team has been held to 94 or less points in four of their past five games. New York ranks in the lower third of the NBA in shooting percentage hitting on 44% of their shots.

    The Trailblazers are 20-11 on their home court. They lose their second straight following a 102-97 home defeat on Tuesday to the Memphis Grizzlies as a +1 ½ point underdog. The game finished over 186 points. Portland shot just 40.5% from the floor in defeat along with 5 of 16 coming from three point range. They pull down nine more rebounds than Memphis and lose because they surrender 51.3% shooting to the Grizzlies. LaMarcus Aldridge led Portland with 28 points and 10 rebounds on 10 of 19 shooting. In the playoff picture the team sits in the 11th seed in the Western conference and trails the eighth seeded LA Lakers by four games with 19 games left to be played. Portland is in this position because of their poor defense. They rank 27th and fourth to last in the NBA in defensive field goal percentage giving up 46.7% shooting to opponents.