Thunder vs. Knicks Prediction
Oklahoma City is coming off a big road win this weekend. Will the Thunder turn that into a lopsided win today against the New York Knicks at 12:30PM ET?
507 Oklahoma City Thunder vs. 508 New York Knicks
Monday, January 21, 2019
12:30PM ET – Madison Square Garden
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Thunder are favored on the road, as they are getting odds of -9 points against the Knicks. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 227.5 points. The public betting for this game currently has 74 percent going on the Thunder on the road. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NBA Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Thunder stun Philly
Oklahoma City earned a 117-115 win at Philadelphia on Saturday thanks to a 4-point play from Paul George in the closing seconds. It stopped a 2-game losing streak for OKC, but the Thunder are still just 2-5 straight up and against the spread in their last seven. Oklahoma City is 27-18 overall, 13-11 on the road, 24-21 against the spread and 23-22 with the under.
OKC continues to climb up the offensive rankings. They are now eighth in the league in scoring at 113.5 points per game despite shooting a league-worst 33.2 percent from the arc. Defensively, the Thunder give up 109 points per game. George is now averaging 26.7 points and 8.0 rebounds per game while Russell Westbrook is averaging 21.8 points, 10.6 rebounds and 10.5 assists per contest.
Knicks on another losing streak
The Knicks are coming off a 101-100 loss to Washington in London for their fifth straight loss. However, the Knicks have covered in two straight and five of their last seven. New York is 10-34 on the season, 4-14 at home, 20-23-1 against the spread and 24-20 with the over.
New York has one of the worst defenses in the league, giving up 115.4 points per game while allowing opponents to shoot 47.8 percent against them. Offensively, New York is putting up 107.1 points per game, but shooting a league-worst 43.1 percent from the field. Tim Hardaway Jr. is averaging 19.5 points per game to lead the team while Enes Kanter adds 14.4 points and 11.0 rebounds per contest.
NBA Betting Trends
The Thunder have covered the spread in four straight Monday games, but are 1-4 against the spread in their last five against a losing team.
The Knicks are just 1-7 against the spread in their last eight home games, but 7-3 ATS in their last 10 against Western Conference opponents.
The Thunder are coming off a big win, but they have looked pretty bad for weeks and definitely have played down to their competition. The win at Philly could be a rallying point for OKC to get its act together, but recent trends tell us this game will be close because OKC won’t show up like it should. The Knicks get Kanter back, who is plenty rested, and they have been covering lately.
NBA Prediction: New York Knicks +9