The New York Knicks (17-12) travel to face off against the Oklahoma City Thunder (19-9) on Wednesday, December 27th. This game will be played at Paycom Center. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Tip-off is set for 8:00 ET.
Knicks vs Thunder
The Knicks Are Coming Off A Win
In their most recent game, the Knicks took down the Bucks by a score of 129-122. The Knicks faced the Bucks as +3.5 underdogs, achieving both a straight-up and ATS win in the game. The over/under line entering this matchup was 243 points, and both teams achieved a total score that exceeded that line.
Coming into today’s matchup vs. the Thunder, the Knicks are above .500 at 17-12 and are looking to build on their success. So far, they are in 6th place in the Eastern Conference and are 3rd in the Atlantic division.
New York currently has an ATS record of 17-12, placing them above .500 against the spread. This season, New York has a 10-5 record against the spread when they are the favorites, and they are 7-7 as underdogs.
The Thunder Are Coming Off A Win
The Thunder took down the Timberwolves in their most recent game with a final score of 129-106. the Thunder not only secured a victory straight-up but also did so while covering the spread as -1.5-point favorites. The over/under line heading into this matchup was 231 points in which the two teams surpassed.
When looking at their overall record of 19-9, the Thunder have gone 2-1 in their last three games. In games against Western Conference opponents, the Thunder are 13-8 and are 6-1 in non-conference play.
Oklahoma City currently has an ATS record of 20-8, placing them above .500 against the spread. This season, Oklahoma City has a 12-5 record against the spread when they are the favorites, and they are 8-3 as underdogs.
Knicks Offense Breakdown
In 29 games games, New York has an average of 115.1 points per game (15th). The Knicks come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 13 made 3’s per game. If the Knicks offense is going to improve, they could look to play at a faster tempo, as they currently average just 96.7 possession per game. This could benefit the team as they are currently one of the better 3-point shooting units in the NBA.
Thunder Offense Breakdown
The Oklahoma City offense will take the floor in today’s game with the league’s 5th ranked offense at 121 points per game. Coming into today’s game, the Thunder will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 12.8 made 3’s per game. Despite struggling with their outside shot, Oklahoma City remains one of the better offensive units in large part to their ability to get to the charity stripe. So far, the team is averaging 19.8 made free-throws per game.
Knicks Team Defense
At present, the Knicks’ defense is ranked 10, allowing 112.4 points per game.
When it comes to defending inside the arc, the Knicks squad is permitting opposing teams to shoot at a clip of 54.9% inside the arc, and they’re also giving up 37.3% from downtown.
Thunder Team Defense
So far, the Thunder’s defense is ranked 14 in the league at 113.4 points per contest.
Oklahoma City’s defense is currently forcing 11.9 turnovers per game, which is 4th in the league. Additionally, they enter the game ranked 3rd in blocked shots, with an average of 6.4 rejections per game.
Key Players For The Knicks And Thunder
For today’s matchup, we project Jalen Brunson to lead the scoring for the Knicks, putting up 23 points and shooting at a rate of 9/15. For the season, he has been averaging 26.1 points per game, in addition to 4 rebounds.
As for Oklahoma City, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is projected to be the primary scorer for the Thunder. Our forecast has him finishing the game with 21, and adding 4 rebounds. Throughout the season, he has maintained a 54.2% field goal shooting rate and is averaging 31 points per game.
Knicks vs Thunder Trends
- Across their ten previous road games, New York has an ATS mark of 5-5. Their straight up record in these matchups was 5-5 while averaging 119 points per game.
- Across their last five home contests, Oklahoma City has a 3-2 record vs the spread. Their overall mark in these games was 2-3, while averaging 114 points per game.
- Through their last three games as the underdog, the Knicks have an ATS record of 2-1 and a straight up mark of 2-1.
- Spanning across their last ten games as the betting favorite, the Thunder have gone 7-3 vs the spread. Their overall record in these games was 8-2.
The Knicks come in as the underdog at +3, making them our top choice on the point spread. We not only expect them to cover the spread but also believe they have a strong chance of winning the game outright, especially if you’re aiming for a higher moneyline payout.
Regarding the over/under, the current line is set at 239, and our model predicts the Knicks and Thunder to score a combined 227 points. We recommend betting on the under.
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