Oklahoma City Thunder (14-14) at New York Knicks (15-13)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 7:30 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: New York Knicks +4.5 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Oklahoma City Thunder and New York Knicks meet Saturday in NBA action at Madison Square Garden.
The Oklahoma City Thunder look for their third straight victory to get a game above a .500 record. The Oklahoma City Thunder are averaging 101.7 points on 43.5 percent shooting and allowing 99.4 points on 45 percent shooting. Russell Westbrook is averaging 22.6 points and 9.9 assists while Paul George is averaging 20.3 points and 5.6 rebounds. Carmelo Anthony is the third double-digit scorer and Steven Adams is grabbing 8.7 rebounds. The Oklahoma City Thunder are shooting 34.2 percent from beyond the arc and 71.9 percent from the free throw line. The Oklahoma City Thunder are allowing 36.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.7 rebounds per game. The Oklahoma City Thunder have won three straight road games.
The New York Knicks look for another victory after winning four of their last five games. The New York Knicks are averaging 104.6 points on 47.1 percent shooting and allowing 104 points on 44.4 percent shooting. Kristaps Porzingis is averaging 25.5 points and 6.6 rebounds while Tim Hardaway Jr. is averaging 17.8 points and 3.3 assists. Enes Kanter is the third double-digit scorer and Courtney Lee is grabbing 3.5 rebounds. The New York Knicks are shooting 35.9 percent from beyond the arc and 79.9 percent from the free throw line. The New York Knicks are allowing 35.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.3 rebounds per game. The New York Knicks have won seven of their last nine home games.
The Thunder are 1-9 ATS in their last 10 road games, 33-16-2 ATS in their last 51 Saturday games and 1-9 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Knicks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest, 11-3 ATS in their last 14 home games and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 Saturday games. The Thunder are 2-6 ATS in the last 8 meetings in New York, the home team is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings and the under is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
The only reason to be scared of the Oklahoma City Thunder in this spot is the fact they played nearly a game and a half Friday night in Philly. Other than that, the Thunder and the small chalk is the play. OKC seems to be finding itself on this road trip and is slowly bonding and coming together. This is also Melo's return to New York, and the same way the team made sure to get the win for PG13 in Indiana, they're going to rally around their teammate and want to do the same here. Porzingis is also questionable, which is kind of big news as well. Tough crowd, but Westbrook and others will find a way to pull out the victory.