Oklahoma City Thunder vs. New York Knicks Spread, Line, Odds, Predictions, Picks and Betting Preview for NBA Basketball Game
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. New York Knicks Game Information
Oklahoma City Thunder (3-4) vs. New York Knicks (5-3)
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Venue: Madison Square Garden
TV Coverage: NBA League Pass, MSG, Fox Sports Oklahoma
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. New York Knicks Moneyline, Spread, Total, and Odds
Moneyline: (Open: Thunder +130 / Knicks -161) (Current: Thunder +132 / Knicks -154)
Spread: (Open: Knicks -3.5) (Current: Knicks -3)
Total: (Open: 209.5) (Current: 208.5)
NBA Championship Odds: Thunder +25000 / Knicks +25000
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Oklahoma City Thunder vs. New York Knicks News and Notes
Oklahoma City’s Ty Jerome (ankle) and Aleksej Pokusevski (concussion) have been ruled out for Friday’s contest against the Knicks. Trevor Ariza (personal) is still out as he’s yet to report to the team.
As for the Knicks, Obi Toppin (calf) and Frank Ntilikina (knee) are expected to be out until Jan 10. Alec Burks (ankle) is out until Jan 21. Reggie Bullock (knee) and Nerlens Noel (ankle) are listed as day-to-day.
- Oklahoma City is 6-1 ATS in their last seven meetings.
- The total is 4-0 to the over in their last four meetings.
- The total is 4-1 to the over in their last five meetings in New York.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. New York Knicks Predictions and Picks
Break up the Knicks!
New York is off to a 5-3 start, and they’re 5-1 straight up and against the spread in their last six games. Much of the credit has to go to New York’s new head coach Tom Thibodeau. Thibodeau has a history of working well with young players, and this is one hire the Knicks organization may have finally gotten right.
New York has the advantage over Oklahoma City in some of the key head-to-head statistical categories in this matchup: Per TeamRankings, Oklahoma City is 17th in defensive efficiency (1.068), whereas New York is ranked seventh (1.031). If we look at offensive efficiency, Oklahoma City (.984) is at the bottom of the league.
One of the things you can expect to get from a Thibodeau-coached team is effort. You can see that up and down their lineup as every player is expected to rebound the ball. New York has outrebounded Oklahoma City on both sides of the floor. In fact, the Knicks are averaging three more offensive rebounds per game than Oklahoma City.
The Knicks are also getting monster performances out of Julius Randle. Randle is averaging close to a triple-double with 23.1 points, 12 rebounds, and 7.4 assists per game. The former Kentucky product hasn’t averaged more than 3.6 assists in any of his previous six seasons. He should be a problem for Oklahoma City tonight throughout the game.
I think you have to ride the hot hand in this matchup as New York has covered five of their last six games against the spread. Don’t overthink this one. Lay the points with the home side.
The Pick: Knicks -3