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
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.
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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.