Knicks Host Trail Blazers On New Years Day At MSG

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The Portland Trail Blazers will be on the road for this first day of the new year, as they take a trip to the “Big Apple” for an NBA betting matchup against the New York Knicks that is set to take place at Madison Square Garden with tip off scheduled for 7:35 PM EST. The Oddsmakers have set the line to the advantage of the home team in this contest, listing New York as -8 1/2 point favorites, while posting the over/under total at 196 1/2 points. Portland enters this matchup with a modest 15-14 straight up record on the season, which has them in fourth place in the Northwest Division. They have been awful against the spread when playing on the road, producing just a 4-10 mark and as an underdog they are a less than impressive 7-10. Meanwhile, New York continues to be one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference with a 21-9 record, which is good enough for first place in the Atlantic Division. They are 9-5 ATS at home, but only 11-12 when listed as favorites. New York has the 7th best offense in the league, scoring more than 102 points per night. Betting Trends Portland is 4-1 against the spread in their last five games versus Eastern Conference opponents, but just 2-8 ATS in their last ten games played on the road. Portland has stayed under the posted total in seven of their last ten games played overall. New York is 30-10 against the spread in their last 40 games played at home and 23-7-1 in their last 28 versus teams in the Northwest Division. Seven of the last ten games played at home for New York has gone over the posted total, but they are under in five of their last seven matchups overall. Prediction New York has been great at home all season, while Portland has played poorly on the road. Tonight, I expect New York to come through at home for the win and point spread cover, while Portland’s road woes continue. Knicks -8 1/2 Follow us on Twitter @ bballbet PJ Laferla is a practicing freelance writer, professional handicapper, and the founder of SportsInput.com. If you are interested in hiring PJ Laferla for freelance writing or for winning picks against the spread, please submit all inquires to PJ@sportsinput.com.