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New York Knicks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder - 12/25/13

Oklahoma City Thunder (22-5) at New York Knicks (9-18)

NBA Basketball: Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 2:30 pm (Madison Square Garden)

The Line: New York Knicks +8.5 -- Over/Under: 201.5 See the Latest Odds

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The New York Knicks hope to have Carmelo Anthony home on Christmas Day when they play host to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Thunder had both their nine-game win streak and their perfect 13-0 home record snapped on Sunday when they fell to the Raptors by 104-98. Russell Westbrook led the scoring with 27 points and Kevin Durant added 24, but his usual efficiency went missing on Sunday as he shot a season-worst five of 16 from the field to go with his six turnovers. It's a little unfair to point the finger at only Durant, because the Thunder shot just 36 percent from the field as a team, including Reggie Jackson who missed 10 of 11 shots. No player outside of Durant and Westbrook even finished in double figures in scoring as the Thunder fell to 22-5 on the season and 13-1 at home.

New York Knicks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder - 12/25/13

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Meanwhile, the Knicks have lost five of their last nine games but were able to build a lead of as many as 25 points before hanging on for a 103-98 victory over the Magic on Monday. Carmelo Anthony led the way with 19 points before leaving the game with a sprained left ankle, while Raymond Felton returned to the court and added 13 points before leaving the game with a groin injury. Anthony was seen limping after the game but is listed as a game-time decision against the Thunder, while Felton will miss the game and will be re-evaluated to see how much more time he will miss. With the win, NY improve to 9-18 on the season and 5-8 on the road.

In ATS trends, the Thunder are 5-0 ATS in their last five road games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall, while the Knicks are 3-11 ATS in their last 14 home games and 0-4 ATS in their last four games following a win.

Head to head, the Thunder are 1-5 ATS in the last six meetings and 0-4 ATS in the last four in New York.

Melo is officially a game time decision against the Thunder, but the bookies seem confident that he will play since the line is already out for this game. With that being said, I can't go past the Thunder coming off a rare loss. Expect Durant to bounce back and expect a double digit win for the Thunder. 

Merry Christmas!

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Oklahoma City -8.5

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