Thunder vs. Knicks Pick
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Thunder are a 3.5-point favorite on the spread line. The over-under is set at 203 points.
Oklahoma City comes in with a 14-14 overall record and 10-18 ATS after a 119-117 triple overtime thriller victory Friday night at the 76ers. New York is 15-13 overall and 16-12 ATS following a 111-104 win at the Nets, its third straight victory. The Thunder won the first meeting this season on their home floor by a count of 105-84 on Oct. 19. Oklahoma City is 3-0 straight up and 3-0 ATS in three meetings since the start of last season. The under is 2-1.
The Thunder were paced by Russell Westbrook with a triple-double of 27 points, 18 rebounds, 15 assists and two steals in 52 minutes during the win at Philly. Paul George tallied 24 points, five rebounds and three steals in 45 minutes. Carmelo Anthony added 24 points and seven rebounds over 47 minutes. Oklahoma City outscored the Sixers 25-23 over the three overtimes.
New York held on to win at Brooklyn despite star Kristaps Porzingis not playing in the second half due to a sore left knee. His status is day-to-day. Courtney Lee paced the Knicks with 27 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals. Michael Beasley had 15 points and four boards off the bench. Porzingis had 13 points, four assists and two rebounds in 18 minutes before departing. Enes Kanter added 13 points, nine rebounds and two assists. The Knicks outscored the hosts 63-50 in the second half.
Oklahoma City is 2-6 ATS in its last eight meetings in New York. The under is 5-2 in the last seven meetings.
Playing a triple overtime game and bouncing right back to play the next night even makes me tired writing about it. The Thunder had had plenty of inconsistency this season even on normal rest, so this could be a huge letdown spot especially after getting the win last night. Porzingis' status is important so check on that. The Knicks are playing good basketball right now and I expect it to continue tonight.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: NEW YORK KNICKS +3.5