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(27-18) Oklahoma City Thunder vs. New York Knicks (10-34)
Date: Monday January 21st
Time: 12:30 PM EST
Venue: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Thunder -9
NBA Betting Total: 226.5
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There’s early Monday hoops on tap for January 21st as part of the NBA’s Martin Luther King, Jr. slate. Does that favor the home team, in this case the Knicks? OKC does go on the road, but they are still -9 favorites today at the Madison Square Garden.
The Thunder sit in 3rd in the West and have a very winnable contest vs. NYK, who has gone 1-9 over their last 10. Travel shouldn’t be a horrible issue for the Thunder as they played in nearby Philadelphia on Saturday. The Knicks are very well rested however, having last played Thursday in Washington.
Oklahoma City Thunder
The Thunder are coming off a 2 point win over the Sixers. It was a solid road win as OKC was listed at +2.5 underdogs. Oklahoma City has upped their road record to 13-11 with a great chance of improving on that Monday. The Knicks are just 4-14 on their home court this season.
Oklahoma City is especially clicking on offense having scored 120+ in 4 of the last 5 games. The Thunder now have a top 8 scoring offense and combined with the Knicks defense that is 27th in points allowed Monday should see a lot of points put up (O/U 226.5).
The allure of Madison Square Garden should lead to a big game for OKC stars Russell Westbrook and Paul George. Westbrook has a double-double in seven straight games while George is coming off a 31 point outing vs. Philadelphia.
One major question is if the OKC defense is going to be a liability on Monday? The Thunder gave up 142 points to Atlanta last Tuesday and followed that up with a 128-138 OT loss to the Lakers on Thursday. Overall the Thunder have a top 10 defense in points allowed per game so can they get back on track vs. the Knicks?
New York Knicks
The Knicks are on a skid with a 5-game losing streak. There have been some close contests along the way, especially lately with a 1 point loss to Washington and a 3 point defeat to Philadelphia their last two games. New York should be well rested with their last game coming Thursday at the Wizards.
Can the Knicks survive Monday’s game if it does become a high scoring affair? New York hasn’t scored more than 106 points for the past five games and last time out their leading scorer was C Luke Kornet with just 16 points. The Thunder got 21 points from Dennis Schroder off the bench in their last game for comparison.
These two teams have met up once already this season with the Thunder 128-103 win in OKC in mid-November. George had 35 in that contest but can the Knicks come up with a game plan to stop him and the rest of the Thunder on Monday?
NBA Betting Trends:
- Thunder are 2-5 ATS their last 7 games
- Knicks are 1-7 ATS their last 8 home games
- Knicks are 5-2 ATS their last 7 overall
Free Oklahoma City Thunder vs. New York Knicks NBA Prediction:
The Knicks have lost 5 in a row and 9 of 10 but they’ve actually been playing better lately. Madison Square Garden hasn’t been much of an advantage for New York lately but they do have an edge with the early Monday start time. OKC is obviously the better team, but + 9 is a lot of points under these circumstances.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Knicks +9
A fresh New York squad keeps it close as the Thunder play a bit sluggish.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Thunder 114 – Knicks 106
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