Probably Portland Trail BlazersThe best chance of winning their current four-game trip will come Friday at the New York Knicks.
The Blazers (10-8) lost their first two games in this matchup in Milwaukee (12-5) and Cleveland (12-6). The Knicks (9-9) aren’t quite on the same level.
As a starter, the Knicks ranked 29th in three-point shooting (31.6%) and 19th in offensive rating (112.1). So, in theory, the Blazers should be able to hold New York to around 110 points after giving up 117 points per game in their last three losses. The big trick could be the offense without Damian Lillard, who is out again with a right calf injury.
Portland’s offense hasn’t been clicking lately due to persistent staff turnover issues. But the Knicks are ranked 22nd in the defensive rating (114.4), providing the Blazers with an opportunity to put in a big game offensively.
However, the Blazers simply need to win after losing four straight games and five of their last six games. Despite the meltdown, Blazers coach Chauncey Billups He says the team stayed engaged and focused.
“I think we were in a very good mood,” Billups told reporters in Cleveland. “Especially being in the tough situation we’re in right now, on a losing streak. For me, those are the times you learn the most about your mates. When you lose. When you have a tough stretch. As opposed to when you win. It’s always fun and easy when you win.” So, that’s when you get to know your guys. I love where we’re at. We’re letting go. We’re positive. We’re going to keep it going.”
Portland Trail Blazers at the New York Knicks
what: Trail Blazers (10-8) at Knicks (9-9), 4 p.m., Friday.
where: Madison Square Garden, New York.
radio: Rip City Radio (KPOJ 620 AM).
TV channel: Root Sports Plus (in Portland: Comcast 1253, DirecTV 687-1).
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Prospect (Oregon Lottery/Draw Kings)
money line: POR +180 | NYK -210
Spread: BY +5 | Above under: that
Blazers: Drew Eubanks (left lumbar spasm) is questionable. Damien Lillard (right soleus strain), Keon Johnson (left hip index), Gary Payton II (return to competition renewal) f Greg Brown III (G League) out.
Nicks: Cam Reddish (right femuritis), Mitchell Robinson (inflammation of the right knee) f Derek rose (inflammation of the right toe) it is doutable.
The Blazers capped off their four-game trip with a game at 12:30 PM Sunday at Brooklyn Stadium (9-10).
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