Written and authored by National Basketball Association Expert Analyst Greg Nelson. Charliessports.com produces it for Basketball Betting news and notes. NBA 500-star Premium Picks are winning at a 70.1% rate and will continue through the 2016 NBA Finals in June of 2016.The (32-28) Portland Trailblazers of the Western Conference Northwest Division will be in the “EMPIRE STATE” for an out of Conference matchup. Portland play’s the (25-36) New York Knicks of the Eastern Conference Atlantic in 2016 NBA action. Tip-off is 7:35 PM EST on March 1, 2016. The teams will play at Madison Square Garden in bustling New York, New York. The best Sports Handicapper believes the Portland Trailblazers are playing some of the best basketball in the West. The team’s rebuilding process is paying dividends sooner than expected. The New York Knicks recently made a head coaching change bu the team is regressing. The Opening Betting Line has New York as a five-point Home Underdog Against The Spread. The Betting Odds Total is 207 for Tuesday’s matchup.
The Portland Trailblazers are 5-1 straight up since the All-Star break. Portland is 4-2 against the spread in the same six-game span. The team is currently on an East Coast trip and have back to back wins over Chicago and Indiana. Head Coach Terry Stotts lost his franchise Power Forward LaMarcus Aldridge to the San Antonio Spurs in free agency. The loss of the All-Star was thought to deflate any chances of contending for a postseason birth this season. After starting the season with adversity the team is putting it all together. Each player seems to understand his role. The Portland offense puts up 103.6 points per contest, eighth in the league. Defensively the team ranks 16th out of thirty teams. Point Guard Damian Lillard leads the team in scoring and assists. The former Weber State alumni are playing like an MVP since the first of the year. Shooting Guard C.J. McCollum is at the perfect complement at the shooting guard position. The key to a Portland victory is to continue to ascend at both ends of the court.
The 2016 New York Knicks have dropped three of their last four basketball contests. New York is third in the Atlantic, fifteen and a half games behind leader Toronto. The Knicks have lost fourteen of their last seventeen games. General Manager Phil Jackson fired Derek Fishers at the beginning of February and things are still bad in the “BIG APPLE”. The problem with New York is the basketball stops when it gets to Carmelo Anthony. Offensively New York ranks in the bottom third of the league. The Knicks defense fares a little better, allowing opponents 101.6 points per game. New Head Coach Kurt Rambis another Phil Jackson disciple is 2-5 since taking over for Fisher. Anthony, Jose Calderon, and rookie Kristaps Porzingis are the three most productive players on the team. Porzingis has a chance to be a Superstar in the Association. The key to a New York victory is to play with enthusiasm in front of the home crowd.
Portland is 4-11-1 Against The Spread the last 16 between the teams at Madison Square Garden.
The Knicks are 1-7 ATS their last eight at home.
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