The 44-16 Oklahoma City Thunder will travel to face the 21-10 New York Knicks in an NBA pro basketball game on Thursday night. Tip off time from Madison Square Garden in New York City is scheduled for 8PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by TNT.
The odds from this NBA pro basketball game will come out on Thursday afternoon once the playing status of Carmelo Anthony is known for the Knicks.
The teams met once during the lockout season with the Thunder posting the 104-92 home win against the Knicks as a -11 point betting favorite. The game ended under 197 points.
The Thunder is 17-12 straight up on the road this season. They win their second straight and fifth game in six tries following a 122-105 home victory against the LA Lakers as a -9 ½ point betting favorite.
They broke open a close game by outscoring LA 25-16 in the final period. The Thunder shot 47.9% from the floor along with 8 of 23 from three. OKC committed just two turnovers and forced 16 from the Lakers. The team held LA to just 40.3% shooting. Russell Westbrook had 37 points and ten rebounds on 15 of 29 shooting in the win. The Thunder is a very good shooting team as they rank third in the NBA in field goal and three point shooting. On defense the Thunder is number two in the league in defensive field goal percentage by allowing just 42.9% shooting to opponents.
The Knicks on their home court this season has an overall mark of 21-9. New York wins their second straight all on the road after an 87-77 road win at the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night as a -5 ½ point betting favorite. The game finished under 195 points. New York has now won five of their past six games. They shoot 41.3% from the floor and made 13 of 35 from three point distance. The Knicks allowed 43.2% shooting to Detroit. New York turned the ball over 21 times and survived as they pulled down 12 more rebounds than Detroit plus the Pistons turned the ball over 20 times. Raymond Felton had 26 points and 6 rebounds on 10 of 15 shooting. Carmelo Anthony missed the game due to a fluid buildup on his knee. He is listed as questionable for Thursday. New York has held their past four opponents under 100 points per game. They have now moved to ninth in the league in points allowed by giving up just 96 points per game.