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The New York Knicks appeared to be turning a corner last week as they matched a season high with three consecutive victories after enduring a seven-game losing streak. But they were unable to record that elusive fourth straight win and finished their seven-game road trip the same way they started it — with back-to-back defeats. New York (28-40) hopes to avoid another setback and take advantage of a team with one of the worst road records in the NBA when they host the injury-depleted Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday. Portland (26-41) is 9-23 away from home in 2021-22 and has lost five in a row on the road after falling 122-113 at Atlanta on Monday. Damian Lillard (abdomen), Jusuf Nurkic (foot) and Anfernee Simons (knee) are among the players out for Portland. 

Tipoff at Madison Square Garden is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET. New York is an 11-point favorite in the latest Knicks vs. Trail Blazers odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is 224.5. Before making any Trail Blazers vs. Knicks picks, be sure to check out the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times and has returned well over $10,000 in profit for $100 players on its top-rated NBA picks over the past three-plus seasons. The model entered Week 21 of the 2021-22 NBA season on a stunning 78-48 roll on all top-rated NBA picks, returning over $2,400. Anyone following it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Knicks vs. Trail Blazers and just locked in its NBA picks and predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model’s picks. Now, here are several NBA odds and betting lines for Trail Blazers vs. Knicks:

  • Knicks vs. Trail Blazers spread: New York -11
  • Knicks vs. Trail Blazers over-under: 224.5 points 
  • Knicks vs. Trail Blazers money line: New York -700, Portland +475
  • NYK: The Knicks are 6-0 against the spread in their last six games 
  • POR: The Trail Blazers are 2-10 ATS in their last 12 contests following a straight-up loss
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Why the Knicks can cover

After producing only 10 points on 4-of-16 shooting in a victory at the Los Angeles Clippers on March 6, Julius Randle has elevated his offensive game. The 27-year-old power forward bounced back the following night, registering a career-best 46-point performance in New York’s 131-115 triumph at Sacramento. Randle went 8-for-16 from beyond the arc in that victory and has made three 3-pointers while recording at least 26 points in each of his last three outings.

Randle leads the Knicks with an average of 20.5 points and R.J. Barrett is scoring 19.3 per contest. The 21-year-old Barrett set a career high with his own 46-point effort on Feb. 25 against Miami and has scored at least 20 in seven of eight contests since. Evan Fournier, who is third on the Knicks in scoring (14.4 points), is shooting 39.4 percent from beyond the arc and has made at least five 3-pointers on 12 occasions this season.

Why the Trail Blazers can cover

Portland has lost seven of its last eight overall contests but has been receiving some tremendous offensive efforts from Josh Hart of late. The 27-year-old shooting guard, who was acquired from New Orleans in a seven-player deal in early February, set a career high with 44 points on 15-of-21 shooting in the Trail Blazers’ 127-118 home victory against Washington on Saturday. Hart, whose previous best was a 30-point outing as a rookie with the Los Angeles Lakers in April 2018, followed up with a 31-point performance in Monday’s loss to the Hawks.

Hart went 10-for-16 from 3-point range in those two contests after making only two of his 27 attempts from beyond the arc in his previous five outings. Rookie Trendon Watford also has turned it on offensively, reaching double figures in points in six consecutive games and scoring at least 22 in each of his last three outings. The 21-year-old power forward recorded 10 or more points only twice in his first 35 contests this season. 

How to make Knicks vs. Trail Blazers picks

SportsLine’s model is leaning under on the total, with the teams projected to combine for 215 points. The model also says one side of the spread hits over 60 percent of the time. You can only see the model’s Trail Blazers vs. Knicks pick at SportsLine.

So who wins Knicks vs. Trail Blazers? And which side of the spread hits over 60 percent of the time? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the spread you need to jump on, all from the model that has crushed its NBA picks, and find out.

Source: CBSSports.com

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