New York Knicks at Oklahoma City Thunder - 12/31/21 NBA Picks and Prediction
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Oklahoma City Thunder (12-22) vs New York Knicks (17-18)
Game Info: Friday, December 31, 2021 at 8:00 pm (Paycom Center)
Betting Odds: Oklahoma City Thunder +6 -- Over/Under: 205.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The New York Knicks and Oklahoma City Thunder meet Friday in NBA action at the Paycom Center. The New York Knicks look to build on their three-game winning streak. The Oklahoma City Thunder look for a win after splitting their last eight games.
The New York Knicks are averaging 106 points on 43.8 percent shooting and allowing 106.8 points on 44.1 percent shooting. Julius Randle is averaging 19.9 points and 9.8 rebounds, while RJ Barrett is averaging 14.9 points and 2.2 assists. Kemba Walker is the third double-digit scorer and Evan Fournier is grabbing 2.8 rebounds. The New York Knicks are shooting 36.3 percent from beyond the arc and 78.6 percent from the free throw line. The New York Knicks are allowing 35.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.1 rebounds per game.
The Oklahoma City Thunder are averaging 100.1 points on 41.5 percent shooting and allowing 107.7 points on 44.4 percent shooting. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is averaging 22.4 points and 4.8 rebounds, while Luguentz Dort is averaging 16.8 points and 3.9 rebounds. Josh Giddey is the third double-digit scorer and Darius Bazley is grabbing 6.5 rebounds. The Oklahoma City Thunder are shooting 30.9 percent from beyond the arc and 74.8 percent from the free throw line. The Oklahoma City Thunder are allowing 36 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.3 rebounds per game.
The Knicks are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Friday games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Thunder are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The under is 4-1 in Knicks last 5 overall. The under is 6-0 in Thunder last 6 Friday games. The Knicks are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Oklahoma City and 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
The New York Knicks are starting to put things together with three straight wins, but excuse me if I'm still not 100 percent sold on them given their inconsistent ways all season long. The Oklahoma City Thunder have had their issues as well, and playing at home hasn't helped much, as they lose at home by an average of 3.8 points. However, we're getting some free buckets with OKC here, and I'm not running to the window to back the Knicks in the favorite role. It's the points or pass for me.
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Randy’s Pick Oklahoma City Thunder +6
AUTHOR: Randy Chambers
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