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New York Knicks vs Oklahoma City Thunder Odds
The Knicks will look to pick up a win while covering the spread when they take on the Thunder in Oklahoma City at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Sunday in NBA action.
(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Thunder currently sports a record of 56-20, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 45-28-3 ATS. The Knicks are 49-26 and 41-33-1 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Thunder post a 34-39-3 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Knicks have gone 36-37-2 against the number.
Sportsbooks such as 5Dimes had set the Thunder as 7-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. The total was listed earler at 202, but may be on the move at Bovada and other top sites.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Thunder at No. 1 and the Knicks at No. 9 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 109-103 result in favor of the Thunder.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Oklahoma City's No. 3-ranked offense (105.8 PPG) against a Knicks defense that ranks No. 8 at 95.2 PPG. The Thunder have averaged 48.1% from the field per game, more than the Knicks have managed so far this season (44.6% on average).
In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Knicks own the league's No. 8-rated mark, allowing 96.2 points per game when playing on the road. Oklahoma City, on the other hand, rates No. 2 in scoring on their home court.
In their last action, New York was a 101-83 winner at home against the Bucks. They covered the 7-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (184) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. The Knicks got a 41-point performance from Carmelo Anthony as New York handed Milwaukee a 101-83 defeat on Friday at Madison Square Garden.
Oklahoma City won its last outing, a 97-75 result against the Pacers on April 5. The Thunder covered in that game as a 3-point underdog, while the 172 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Indiana was run off the court by the Thunder on Friday as Oklahoma City blasted the Pacers 97-75 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
New York Knicks Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 5-5
Before playing Washington are 7-3
After playing Milwaukee are 4-6
After a win are 10-0
Oklahoma City Thunder Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 5-5
Before playing Utah are 6-4
After playing Indiana are 4-6
After a win are 7-3
A few Knicks at Thunder trends to consider:
New York is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
New York is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of New York's last 5 games when playing Oklahoma City
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of New York's last 5 games when playing on the road against Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against New York
Oklahoma City is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Oklahoma City's last 9 games
Oklahoma City is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
New York home to Washington, Tuesday, April 9
Oklahoma City at Utah, Tuesday, April 9