The Knicks and Thunder meet this Sunday in NBA action at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The New York Knicks are looking good as they’ve won 5 of their last 8 games. They’re averaging 104.8 points on 45.5% shooting and allowing 105.2 points on 43.9% shooting. Julius Randle is averaging 22.8 points and 5.6 assists while RJ Barrett is adding 16.7 points and 5.9 rebounds. Elfrid Payton is averaging 12.6 points and Derrick Rose is dishing 4.9 assists per night.
As a team, the Knicks are shooting 45% from the field and grabbing 46.3 rebounds per game.
Meanwhile, the Oklahoma City Thunder are similar to the Knicks as they’ve won 5 from their last 8 games. They’re averaging 106.2 points on 44.6% shooting and allowing 111.3 points on 46% shooting. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is averaging 23.5 points and 5 rebounds while Al Horford is averaging 14.3 points and 6.8 rebounds. Hamidou Diallo is grabbing 5.2 rebounds.
As a Team, OKC are shooting 44% from the field and grabbing 44.5 rebounds per game.
The Knicks have been head and shoulders the more consistent team this season, and they’re 8-4 against the spread when a single digit favorite. The OKC have some recent wins, but they’re still losing their last five games by an average of 3.4 points and the offense goes through serious droughts at times. Early games can be weird in the NBA and the Knicks are more attractive in the underdog role, so I will go with them.