Oklahoma City Thunder vs New York Knicks NBA Betting Prediction

NBA City Thunder vs New York Knicks Prediction 3/31/2024

The Oklahoma City Thunder (51-22) travel to face off against the New York Knicks (44-29) on Sunday, March 31st. This game will be played at Madison Square Garden in New York and televised on MSG. The Thunder are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Knicks are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Suns. Tip-off is set for 7:00 ET.

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The Thunder Are Coming Off A Win

In the Thunder’s most recent game against the Suns, Josh Giddey led the Thunder with 23 points while going 10/15 from the field. Chet Holmgren also added 20 points as the Thunder won the game by a score of 128-103.

When playing against Western Conference teams, the Thunder have a 33-16 record and have gone 18-6 in non-conference games. Overall, they have gone 51-22 this season and are 2-1 in their last three games.

Oklahoma City has an overall ATS record of 43-30 as they come into today’s game. On the road, the Thunder have an ATS record of 20-16, as opposed to a 23-14 record against the spread when playing at home.

The Knicks Look To Bounce Back From A Loss

Most recently, the Knicks lost to the Spurs with a final score of 130-126. The Knicks managed to secure te win, even though they were behind at halftime 74-57.

On the road this season, the Knicks have gone 20-16 while posting a 24-13 record at home. Over their last three games, the Knicks are 2-1 and come into today’s action with an overall record of 44-29.

New York has an overall ATS record of 40-32 for the season so far. New York has covered the spread in three consecutive home games, while maintaining an ATS record of 20-17 at home as opposed to 20-15 on the road.

Thunder Offense Breakdown

For the season, the Oklahoma City offense is the 3rd ranked unit in the NBA, at 120.5 points per contest.

When it comes to scoring, the Thunder are one of the NBA’s most potent offenses, averaging 120.5 points per game (3rd). On the road, they are scoring 118.0 points per contest (4th).

So far this season, Oklahoma City has outscored the NBA scoring average in 71.2% of their games. In terms of pace, they are 9th in the league at 99.6 possessions per game.

When it comes to shooting efficiency, the Thunder are 2nd in field goal percentage at 49%. They are also one of the top three-point shooting teams in the NBA, hitting 39% from beyond the arc (1st).

Knicks Offense Breakdown

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The Knicks come into today’s game as the 20th ranked scoring offense at 112.6 points per game.

At home, the Knicks are scoring 110.7 points per game, which is 25th in the NBA. Overall, they are 20th in scoring at 112.6 points per game. In terms of pace, they are the slowest team in the league at 94.9 possessions per game.

When it comes to three-point shooting, the Knicks are 11th in both three-point makes and attempts. However, they are just 16th in three-point shooting percentage at 36%. As a team, they are shooting 46% from the field, which is 23rd in the NBA.

So far this season, the Knicks have outscored the NBA average in 42.5% of their games. In terms of assists, they are 29th in the league with 24.2 per game. When it comes to free throws, the Knicks are 17th in both makes and attempts.

Thunder Team Defense

At present, the Thunder’s defense is ranked 12th, allowing 113.0 points per game. Oklahoma City’s defense is currently forcing 11.7 turnovers per game, which is 4th in the league. Additionally, they enter the game ranked 1st in blocked shots, with an average of 6.6 rejections per game.

Knicks Team Defense

Coming into the game, the Knicks defense has held opposing team’s to fewer points than the league average in 30.1% of their games. Currently, they are 2nd in the NBA at 107.8 points per game allowed. Opponents are hitting 53.8% of their two-point field goal attempts this season, and they’re also connecting on 36.2% of their three-point attempts.

Key Players For The Thunder And Knicks

The outlook for today’s matchup points to Shai Gilgeous-Alexander as the primary point contributor for the Thunder, finishing with 30 points while maintaining a 11/20 shooting accuracy. For the season, he has been averaging 30.4 points per game, in addition to 5.6 rebounds.

On the flip side, our predictions place Jalen Brunson as the leading scorer for the Knicks. We expect him to conclude the game with a team-high 27 while also collecting 4 rebounds. This season, he has put together a field goal percentage of 47.9%, and he is contributing 27.9 points per game on average.

Thunder vs Knicks Trends

  • In their last ten games away from home, the Thunder have a straight up record of 7-3 while going 5-5 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 117 points per game in these contests.
  • When looking at their past five home matchups, New York has an ATS record of 3-2 while averaging 117 per game. The team went 3-2 overall in these games.
  • Spanning across their last ten games as the betting underdog, the Thunder have gone 6-4 vs the spread. Their overall record in these games was 5-5.
  • Spanning across their last ten games as the betting favorite, the Knicks have gone 5-4-1 vs the spread. Their overall record in these games was 7-3.

Thunder vs Knicks Prediction

Entering the game as underdogs with a spread of +3.5, the Thunder is our point spread pick. Our projections not only see them covering the spread but also indicate a solid chance of an outright victory. This is a good choice for those looking for a higher moneyline payout.

Right now, the over/under line for the game is sitting at 214 and given that our model is projecting 225 points between the teams, we like the over.

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