Oklahoma City Thunder at New York Knicks
|Date & Time||Monday January 21, 2019, 12:30 PM (EST)|
Madison Square Garden
The Line: New York +9 -- Over/Under 227.5
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The Oklahoma City Thunder and the New York Knicks collide at Madison Square Garden on Monday night.
The Oklahoma City Thunder have been a little below their best as they’ve won just two of their last seven games but they will be looking to build on Saturday’s 117-115 win at Philadelphia. Paul George led the team with 31 points, six rebounds and five assists, Russell Westbrook and Dennis Schroder each scored 21 points while Terrence Ferguson chipped in with 11 points. As a team, the Thunder shot 44 percent from the field and 12 of 31 from the 3-point line but the biggest 3-pointer came from George who drained a clutch four-point play with 5.1 seconds left to steal the game. With the win, Oklahoma City move past their slump and improve to 27-18 overall and 13-11 on the road.
Meanwhile, the New York Knicks have been in a serious slump as they’ve lost 13 of their last 14 games and they will be hoping to snap a five-game skid after falling just short against the Wizards in a 101-100 loss at London on Thursday. Emannuel Mudiay led the team with 25 points on 11 of 18 shooting, Luke Kornet added 16 points with five steals while Noah Vonleh and Anthony Trier each scored 13 points. As a team, the Knicks shot 44 percent from the field and 12 of 29 from the 3-point line as they led by as many as 19 points in the second quarter, but they managed just 11 points in the fourth quarter as they committed a goaltending violation on the game-winning shot.
Looking at the betting trends, the Thunder are 1-4 ATS in their last five games against a team with a losing record, 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games against a team below .400 and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games overall. The Knicks are 5-12 ATS in their last 17 games following a loss, 1-7 ATS in their last eight home games and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games overall.
Head to head, the home team is 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings, the Thunder are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings overall and 2-7 ATS in the last nine meetings in New York.
The Knicks are mired in a season-worst slump and it’s like they’re finding new ways to lose games as we saw in their crucial goaltending violation which cost them the game on Thursday. The Thunder haven’t been at their best themselves, but they look to be past their minor slump after taking down the playoff-bound 76ers on Saturday. The Knicks will be well-rested for this game as they haven’t played since their London game on Thursday, but the Thunder crushed the Knicks by 128-103 in their last meeting and I’m expecting a similar result in this one.