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Keep feeding the Beast
With the consistent play of Trail Blazers big man Jusuf Nurkic on both ends of the floor, Portland is looking like a team that could be on the rise in the Western Conference standings. Nurkic is averaging 23.7 points per game and 15.3 rebounds in his last three. Monday marks the halfway point of the Blazers season as Portland welcomes in the New York Knicks in the last of two meetings between these two teams. The Blazers took the first game, 118-114, back on November 20th at Madison Square Garden.
Knicks trade rumors
On Friday night, the Knicks defeated the Lakers in LA, 119-112. With the victory, the Knicks snapped an eight-game losing streak. New York will be a bit more rested than the Blazers after having Saturday and Sunday off in Portland, while the Trail Blazers are coming off back-to-back home games on Friday and Saturday night.
Since New York is in a rebuilding year and without its All-Star Kristaps Porzingis (left knee) this season, there have been trade rumors that center Enes Kanter is unhappy with his role and he could be on the trading block. According to reports, teams have been inquiring about Kanter, and the Knicks are listening, but have yet to act on anything.
Hello, East Coast Teams
As Portland continues its five game homestand all three of the remaining games on the docket are Eastern Conference teams who are in the bottom half of the standings, which means the Blazers can pick up some momentum with the Knicks, Bulls, and Hornets coming to town. Portland will look to improve on its 15-7 home record.
The Trail Blazers have listed Maurice Harkless (left knee) and Evan Turner (left ankle) as probable, while Caleb Swanigan (G League) and Wade Baldwin (G League) are out for Monday's game vs. New York.
For the Knicks, Isaiah Hicks (G League), Frank Ntilikina (left ankle), Kristaps Porzingis (left knee) and Mitchell Robinson (left ankle) are out for Monday's contest.
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Where to Watch: NBC Sports Northwest
Where to Watch on the go: Stream the game live on the new MyTeams App
Tip-Off Time: 7:00 p.m.
NBCS NW Coverage: Blazers Outsiders Pregame Show (6:00 p.m.), Blazers Outsiders Postgame Show (immediately after the game).
Point Spread: Portland -11.5
Radio: 620AM Rip City Radio