After ripping off four straight wins, the New York Knicks (19-29) have dropped their last two games. On Saturday Night, the Miami Heat came to New York and beat down the Knicks, 106-91. LeBron James, who always relishes the opportunity to play in NY, had 30 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, and six steals. Carmelo Anthony scored 28 points. On Monday Night, the Knicks dropped a rough 101-98 decision in Milwaukee to the hapless Bucks. The Milwaukee Bucks (9-39) are one of the league’s worst teams and this loss demonstrates how inconsistent the Knicks are. The Knicks made just 15-of-24 free throws and allowed Milwaukee to drain 11-of-18 three pointers. The Knicks must limit the three point barrage if they want to win on Wednesday night.
The Portland Trail Blazers (34-14) enter Wednesday’s tilt ranked third in the Western Conference. Their game against the Knicks is the ‘sandwich game’ of a short three-game road trip out East. On Monday night, the Blazers lost 100-90 to the resurgent Washington Wizards. Portland’s Big 3 of Damian Lillard, Nicolas Batum, and LaMarcus Aldridge all scored 18 points or more in a losing effort. After opening Portland as a 1.5 point road favorite, the line shifted to favor Washington by one point.
Current NBA odds have the Blazers pegged as a 3.5 point road favorite. The Blazers had a day to rest after a tough road loss while the Knicks could be reeling after an inexcusable loss to Milwaukee. The Knicks tend to play-up (or play-down) to their competition. Wednesday’s game will be nationally broadcasted on ESPN, so I’m expecting a strong effort the Knicks.
The Pick: Knicks +3.5