5 Facts to Know for Knicks-Blazers

The Knicks return home to host the Trail Blazers looking to snap a two-game losing streak.

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*Facts Courtesy of the New York Knicks

1 Trainer's Room

Both Kristaps Porzingis and Enes Kanter missed Saturday’s game in Houston.

Porzingis (lower back tightness) is expected to suit up tonight, while Kanter, who has missed the past two games with back spasms, is considered questionable.

2 Next Man Up

Michael Beasley got the start in place of Porzingis on Saturday and made the most of it.

Beasley scored a team-high 30 points on 14-of-23 shooting with eight rebounds.

Ditto for Kyle O’Quinn, who was filling in for Kanter, and had an impressive 20-point, 15-rebound performance.

3 Home Cooking

After a two-game road trip, the Knicks return to The Garden to open a three-game homestand tonight.

New York has been much better at The Garden, recording a 9-3 record and averaging 109.4 points on 47.9 percent shooting.

On the road, the Knicks are 1-6 while averaging 96.6 points on 44.9 percent shooting.

4 Hot and Cold

Tim Hardaway Jr. is second on the Knicks in scoring (18.2 ppg) but has been somewhat inconsistent lately.

He scored 38 in Wednesday’s win over Toronto and 22 Friday in Atlanta. However, he had just 13 in a win over the Clippers last Monday and 11 on Saturday, when he went just 4 of 12 from the field.

5 Dynamic Duo

The Trail Blazers are led by the superb backcourt duo of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum.

For the season, they are averaging a combined 47.4 points, 9.3 rebounds and 8.7 assists.

In Saturday’s comeback win at Washington, the pair combined for 55 points and scored 24 of Portland’s 35 points in the fourth quarter to erase a 17-point deficit.