Two hot teams will meet when the 49-26 New York Knicks will travel to play the 56-20 Oklahoma City Thunder in an NBA pro basketball game on Sunday afternoon. Tip off time from Oklahoma City is scheduled for 1PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by ABC TV.
The odds from this NBA pro basketball game has the home team Oklahoma City Thunder favored by -8 points with an over under line of 196 ½ points. Early money has landed on the under as the game opened up with a total of 197 points.
The teams met back on March 7th with the Thunder posting the 95-94 road victory against the Knicks as a -8 point betting favorite. The game finished under 204 points.
New York has a road record of 21-16 on the season. They win their eleventh straight after a 101-83 home victory on Friday to the Milwaukee Bucks as a -7 point betting favorite. The game finished under 201 ½ points. It was a huge second half for the Knicks as they outscored Milwaukee 65-38 in victory. New York shot 46.1% from the floor and hit on 12 of 36 three pointers. They held the Bucks to 38.2% from the field and pulled down ten more rebounds than Milwaukee. Carmelo Anthony led New York with 41 points and 14 boards as he made 17 of his 28 shots. The Knicks are played very well on the defensive end as they have allowed an average of 86 points per game over their past four games. On offense the Knicks shoot well from distance ranking sixth in the NBA by hitting on 37.3% from the three point line. New York holds a 1 ½ game lead over the Indiana Pacers for the number two seed in the Eastern conference with just seven games remaining.
The Thunder is 33-5 playing at home. OKC wins their third straight and sixth in seven games after a 97-75 road victory on Friday to the Indiana Pacers as a +3 ½ point underdog. The game finished at under 191 ½ points. The Thunder outscored Indiana 25-8 in the final quarter in victory. They connected on 47.4% from the floor and made 4 of 12 from the three point line. OKC limited Indiana to 37.5% shooting with a miserable 2 of 21 coming from beyond the arc. Oklahoma City crushed the Pacers on the glass by a 22 rebounds. Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 34 points and seven rebounds as he made 13 of his 21 shots. The team puts up outstanding offensive numbers. On defense they are second best in the NBA in defensive field goal percentage by giving up just 42.5% shooting to their opponents. The Thunder sit tied with the San Antonio Spurs for best record in the Western conference with just six games remaining.