The Portland Trail Blazers travel to Madison Square Garden to take on the New York Knicks on Friday night.
The Portland Trail Blazers have been in a real funk as they’ve lost five of their last six games overall and they will be hoping to arrest a four-game skid after getting routed by the Cavaliers in a 114-96 road loss on Wednesday. Jusuf Nurkic led the team with 22 points on nine of 14 shooting, Jerami Grant added 21 points while Anfernee Simons chipped in with 20 points and six assists. As a team, the Trail Blazers shot 44 percent from the field and 13 of 31 from the 3-point line as they got off to a slow start and were always fighting an uphill battle as they couldn’t contain the duo of Donovan Mitchell and Darius Garland who combined to burn them for 58 points.
Meanwhile, the New York Knicks have been in decent form as they’ve won four of their last seven games overall and they will be looking to stay hot after taking down the Thunder in a 129-119 road win on Monday. Jalen Brunson led the team with 34 points and nine assists of 14 of 20 shooting, Julius Randle and RJ Barrett each scored 25 points while Immanuel Quickley chipped in with 18 points off the bench. As a team, the Knicks shot 52 percent from the field and 11 of 34 from the 3-point line as they stormed out of the gates with 69 points in the first half to build an early 17-point lead, which proved to be enough to keep the Thunder at the bay for the rest of the game.
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