New York Knicks at Oklahoma City Thunder NBA Betting Analysis, Picks
The New York Knicks (17-18) travel to Oklahoma City to battle the Thunder (12-22) at the Paycom Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:00 P.M. EST on Friday, December 31st.
The Knicks have won three games in a row, including a recent 94-85 victory against the Pistons on Wednesday. New York is now just one-half game out of the eight spot in the East.
The Thunder have won just four of their past ten games and feature the second-worst record in the Western Conference. Despite dropping their past two games on the road, Oklahoma City did earn a win in their last home affair on Sunday against New Orleans.
Let’s take an in-depth look at this New Years’ Eve cross-conference matchup.
Betting Analysis for New York Knicks at Oklahoma City Thunder NBA
New York Knicks Betting Stats & Analysis
The Knicks have played better basketball as of late. After a very disappointing first couple of months of the season, it looks like they are beginning to find their stride.
The bad news is that star Julius Randle recently entered health and protocols and will likely be inactive for Friday’s game barring a surprisingly quick turnaround. But Randle was limited to just 5 points in Wednesday’s win, so New York might be alright without him.
Alec Burks led the scoring charge for New York on Wednesday with 34 points off the bench. Immanuel Quickley added 18 points off the bench as well. The Knicks will need similar performances from both players on Friday night without Randle.
For the season, the Knicks rank just 24th in points per game and 29th in assists per game. They have unquestionably endured some struggles on the offensive end. On the other hand, the Knicks do place within the top ten in turnovers per game, blocked shots per game, and team three-point percentage.
Taking care of the ball, protecting the rim, and knocking down three-pointers are all successful strategies for winning games. The Knicks will look to utilize their key strengths against OKC in this Friday night contest.
Oklahoma City Thunder Betting Stats & Analysis
The Thunder really had no chance of winning against the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Darius Bazley, and Josh Giddey all inactive. While Bazley and Giddey were unable to play due to health and safety protocols, Gilgeous-Alexander was scratched from the lineup because of a sore right ankle.
He is questionable for Friday.
Ty Jerome and Aaron Wiggins led the way for the Thunder against Phoenix on Wednesday. Jerome scored 24 points, grabbed eight rebounds, and dished out five assists, while Wiggins posted 22 points and eight boards.
Despite their efforts not being enough against the talented Phoenix Suns, they could both be crucial in leading the Thunder to a win over the Knicks at home.
The Thunder are one of the worst offensive teams in the NBA. They rank 29th in points per game, 30th in assists per game, 30th in three-point percentage, and 29th in field goal percentage.
However, they are sixth in rebounds per game and tenth in turnovers per contest. Regardless, scoring enough points to win games has proved difficult for this Thunder team so far in 2021.
OKC is hopeful that Gilgeous-Alexander can return on Friday and help the Thunder pull off the upset over New York.
New York Knicks at Oklahoma City Thunder NBA Betting Trends
New York Knicks
- The Knicks are 16-19 ATS this season.
- New York is 5-11 ATS following a victory.
- They are 12-10 ATS as the favorite.
- New York is 10-7 ATS away from home.
- The Knicks are 10-7 SU on the road this year.
- They are 14-8 SU as a favorite.
- The Knicks feature an over/under record of 15-20.
Oklahoma City Thunder
- The Thunder are 21-13 ATS this season.
- Oklahoma City is 13-8 ATS following a loss.
- They are 20-12 ATS as an underdog.
- Oklahoma City is 11-6 ATS as the home team.
- The Thunder are 7-10 SU on their home floor this year.
- They are 11-21 SU as an underdog.
- The Thunder have compiled an over/under record of 14-20.
New York Knicks at Oklahoma City Thunder NBA Betting Odds
Yahoo Sportsbook lists the Knicks as 6.5-point favorites against the Thunder on Friday night.
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The best chances the Thunder have of upsetting New York is by having Shai Gilgeous-Alexander on the court. If he is unable to play, the Knicks should be in line for a solid win.
However, if Gilegous-Alexander ends up on the court on Friday, Oklahoma City has a realistic chance to earn the win, especially with Julius Randle likely to miss the game.
But the Knicks have played quality basketball as of late. They are making better decisions on the court, and their overall chemistry seems to be growing as a unit. Having Kemba Walker back in the rotation seems to be helping the Knicks as well.
New York should be able to advance their winning streak to four games on Friday night in Oklahoma City. Expect New York to limit the Thunder on offense en route to the victory.
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