The New York Knicks have a lot to prove in the week to come, as they meet with the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday and the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday. The Knicks are still reeling from a bad season that has gone downhill since their star Kristaps Porziņģis tore his ACL on the Feb. 6 game with the Bucks. The New York team have just added another loss (132-106) to the Toronto Raptors to their 15-1 losing streak since the start of February, so they desperately need a win. On the other hand, the Portland Trail Blazers have just defeated the Golden State Warriors last Friday with 125-108 again. This adds to their impeccable winning streak in the last 9 games, beginning on Feb. 14 when they again defeated the Warriors, who currently stand to win the NBA Championship title again at -162.50 odds. The standout match for the Blazers this week will be when they meet the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday, who are eager to prove their worth again after two losses against the Clippers and the Lakers. Leonard Returns to the Spurs? It will be a charged week for the San Antonio Spurs, who are up against some interesting opponents after an underwhelming week. They face the dreaded Houston Rockets on Monday, in a game that will certainly stretch the Spurs. The Rockets have had an amazing season so far and play with confidence. Their 17-game winning streak was marred by a loss against the Raptors last week by just three points (105-108). They were quick to come back against the Mavericks with another win and now are hungry for more facing the Spurs. The Spurs have been in a lot of trouble with injuries lately and are still feeling their toll. LaMarcus Aldridge is still out due to a sprained ankle, Kawhi Leonard hasn’t been in the court since mid-January and Rudy Gay is still recovering from his injuries. But it is now rumored that Leonard might return for this Thursday’s match against the Pelicans, which might just give the Spurs the boost they desperately need.