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2021 NBA Handicapping
(3-4) Oklahoma City Thunder vs. New York Knicks (5-3)
Date: Friday, January 8th
Time: 7:30 PM EST
Venue: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
NBA Moneyline Odds: Thunder +134 | Knicks -135
NBA Betting Odds: Knicks -2.5
NBA Betting Total: 208.5
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Friday, January 8th finds the Oklahoma City Thunder and New York Knicks tipping off a match at Madison Square Gardens.
Last season, the squads played once due to the pandemic with the Thunder winning and they also own the all-time record having won 67 of 133 matches played.
Oklahoma City Thunder
OKC began this season with the goal of growing their youth and while they haven’t used the “T” word (tank) that is precisely their intention.
GM Sam Presti created a new template for deconstructing a team and preparing for a rebuild and his efforts led to a potential 18 first-round draft picks over the next seven seasons.
So losing games isn’t necessarily a bad thing especially with such a deep draft class including Cade Cunningham who fits the Thunder prototype. Yet, through seven games the Thunder aren’t losing as much as expected.
This could be the residue of last season’s clutch squad that Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Luguentz Dort, and Darius Bazley all experienced and contributed to.
The trio was pivotal in the revenge win over the Pelicans. Bazley notched a double-double of 20 points and 12 rebounds scoring the first 11 points of the third quarter for either team.
SGA is adjusting to being the primary option with increased defensive attention but was critical down the stretch scoring six of his 21 points.
Mike Muscala was on fire from deep hitting five 3-pointers and finished with 18 points while George Hill added 13 including the game-winning free throw.
Rookie Aleksej Pokusevski (concussion protocol) has missed two games and is questionable for Friday. Darius Miller (Achilles) Ty Jerome (ankle) and Trevor Ariza (personal) are all out indefinitely.
New York Knicks
Like the Thunder, the Knicks were expected to be a lottery team but through eight games are 5-3. They entered Thursday with the fifth spot in the East ahead of the Bucks, Heat, Nets, and Raptors.
The key clearly is Tom Thibodeau has the Knicks playing consistent defense and has figured out lineups that mesh.
New York has won three in a row to teams expected to make the postseason including the Pacers, Hawks. and Jazz. On Wednesday, they dispensed of Utah 112 to 100.
Julius Randle continues to impress leading his squad with a double-double of 30 points and 16 rebounds plus seven assists. Austin Rivers delivered 23 points off the bench while Elfrid Payton (22) and Reggie Bullock (12) were the other double-figure contributors.
On Thursday, Shams Charania reported the Knicks are signing Taj Gibson and waiving Omari Spellman.
The win versus the Jazz came with several Knicks on the injured list and seven players could miss the Friday match. Kevin Knox (knee) and Reggie Bullock (knee) are probable while Nerlens Noel (ankle) is questionable versus the Thunder.
Frank Ntilikina (knee), Alec Burks (ankle), Dennis Smith Jr. (quadricep) and Obi Toppin (leg) are all out Friday.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Under is 7-3 in OKC last 10 overall
- NY are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games
- Home team is 15-7 ATS in the last 22 meetings.
Free Oklahoma City Thunder vs. New York Knicks NBA Prediction:
OKC is a bit of the Jekyl and Hyde team of the league where they can lose 113-80 to the Pelicans and then beat that same team 111-110.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Knicks ATS
The Knicks seem more committed to winning than grabbing a coveted lottery pick so I lean in their direction.
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