Wednesday, February 15, 2017

NBA Odds: Beleaguered Knicks Travel to Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City Thunder

Thunder Go as Westbrook Goes

The New York Knicks are making more news for their off-court troubles these days than they are on the court. They’re struggling on the court as they have most of the season. They’ll hit the road on Wednesday to face an Oklahoma City Thunder team that’s also slumping.

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The Knicks are 25th in the league in points allowed. This poor defense offsets their 12th-place ranking in points scored. Despite being the subject of trade rumors and a feud with Phil Jackson, Carmelo Anthony is putting up over 23 points a night. Kristaps Porzingis has had a few injury problems this season as well. With all the injuries he’s still averaging over 18 points and seven rebounds.

The Thunder continue to go as Russell Westbrook goes. He continues to average a triple-double with 30.9 points (first in the NBA), 10.4 rebounds and 10.1 assists. A lack of three-point shooting puts pressure on the Thunder to drive into a packed lane as they’re 29th in the league from downtown; only Chicago is worse.

Oklahoma City is 7-3 SU and 5-5 ATS in their last 10 meetings with the Knicks, but they’ve struggled of late. The Thunder have lost three of their last four with the losses coming by an average of 13.6 points per game.

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