New York Knicks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
The New York Knicks and the Oklahoma City Thunder battle it in on a light NBA Thursday card. The Thunder are -6 point favorites over the Knicks.
Despite the absence of Carmelo Anthony, the New York Knicks managed to take down the Detroit Pistons last night, winning 87-77 in Detroit. Raymond Felton led the way with a game high 26 points while Amare Stoudamire and J.R. Smith added 22 and 20 points off the bench, respectively. In what was a back and forth contest, New York took control in the final quarter as they outscored the home team 22-12 in the final term to run away with the victory. The Knicks have now won five of their last six but may be without Carmelo Anthony for tonight’s game as he is dealing with a knee injury.
The Oklahoma City Thunder continued their dominance at home with an impressive 122-105 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night to improve to 27-4 at Chesapeake Arena this season. While the Thunder have been absolutely lights at home, their play on the road has slipped recently and even though they are coming off a 108-104 win in Los Angeles against the Clippers on Sunday, that was just their first road win in their last four attempts. Oklahoma City has also struggled against the spread away from home, going just 14-13-2 ATS in their 29 road games to date.
It doesn’t look like Carmelo Anthony is going to play tonight, which is a shame. However, this could be a blessing in disguise for all the New York backers out there because you often see teams rise to the occasion without their star player, which could very well happen tonight. As I touched on earlier, the Thunder have dropped three of four on the road, so it’s not like they have been all that great away from home anyway. Look for the guys that played well against the Pistons to pickup the slack again and lead this Knicks team to the cover.
New York Knicks +6 Oklahoma City Thunder