Oklahoma City Thunder vs. New York Knicks - 2/9/14
New York Knicks (19-30) at Oklahoma City Thunder (40-11)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 1:00 pm (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
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Kevin Durant will battle it out with Carmelo Anthony as the Oklahoma City Thunder take on the New York Knicks.
The Knicks were able to arrest a three-game slide on Friday by beating the Nuggets in a 117-90 rout at home. Carmelo Anthony put in a nice performance with 31 points including four threes, while Amare Stoudemire added 17 points off the bench, but the real difference for me was the play of Raymond Felton who had just nine points and eight assists, but really drove the offense and ignited the offense with his penetration and passing which led to the Knicks shooting over 56 percent from the field. With the win, New York improved to 20-30 on the season and 12-17 at home where they've won five of their last seven.
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Meanwhile, the Thunder have won 12 of their last 14 but are coming off a shocking 103-102 loss against the Magic despite leading by as many as 16 points in the third quarter. Serge Ibaka had a strong outing of 26 points on 10 of 13 shooting, but once again the Thunder leaned heavily on Kevin Durant who scored 29 points and matched a career-high 12 assists, but made just one of seven shots in the fourth which led to the Thunder scoring just 14 points in the fourth quarter. Despite the poor shooting, the Thunder just about had the game in the bag until the Magic's Tobias Harris won the game on a buzzer-beating dunk. Despite the loss, Oklahoma City is still 40-12 overall and 18-9 on the road.
In ATS trends, the Knicks are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games following a win but 0-5 ATS in their last five games against a team above .500, while the Thunder are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games following a loss and 6-2 ATS in their last eight home games.
Head to head, the Knicks are 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings but the home team is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 overall.
The Thunder are coming off a bit of a shock win so you know they'll be eager to bounce back with a big win tonight, but I just can't see giving that many points to the Knicks at home. New York with the points seem like a bit of a gift here.