Knicks vs. Thunder NBA Prediction
The Knicks are 5.5-point road favorite at the Thunder on Saturday afternoon but they’ve struggled to cover against OKC in previous meetings. Will today’s matchup be different for New York?
541 New York Knicks (-5.5) at 542 Oklahoma City Thunder (+5.5); o/u 213.5
2:00 p.m. ET, Saturday, March 13, 2021
Venue: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK
New York Knicks DFS Spin
Julius Randle had one of his worst games of the season Thursday, posting a line of seven points (3-of-12 FGs), eight rebounds, six assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes vs. the Bucks. Just a couple days removed from his first All-Star Game appearance, Randle’s second half got off to a rough start in Milwaukee. Defended by Giannis Antetokounmpo for much of the night, he struggled to make plays both for himself and his teammates. Randle finished with five turnovers, the first time that he’s hit that number since February 27 vs. the Pacers. Saturday’s matchup with the Thunder stands to be a bit more forgiving for Randle, so those who have him rostered shouldn’t be too concerned.
Oklahoma City Thunder DFS Spin
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (quad contusion) has been ruled out for Saturday's game vs. the Knicks. Saturday's game will be the first of a back-to-back, so this feels like more of a rest day than anything else. Darius Bazley (shoulder) and Hamidou Diallo (groin) will be joining him on the sidelines tomorrow night, so Theo Maledon will have the rock in his hands a ton, while guys like Kenrich Williams, Aleksej Pokusevski and Al Horford (if he plays) will be asked to step it up on offense.
Knicks vs. Thunder Betting Prediction
The Knicks are winless against the spread in their last four meetings with the Thunder and are 1-5 against the number in their last six games at Oklahoma City. The Thunder, meanwhile, are 5-2 against the spread in their last seven games when their opponent scored 100 points or more in its previous contest and are 47-21 at the betting window in their last 68 games playing on only one day of rest.
NBA BETTING PREDICTION: OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER +5.5