Knicks vs Thunder: NBA Betting Lines, Odds and Trends – January 8, 2021

Posted By Staff on January 8, 2021

The New York Knicks (5-3) are favorites as they try to continue a three-game winning streak when they host the Oklahoma City Thunder (3-4) on Friday, January 8, 2021 at Madison Square Garden. The matchup airs at 7:30 PM ET on FS-OK. The over/under is set at for the matchup.

The betting insights in this article reflect odds data from DraftKings Sportsbook as of January 8, 2021, 12:40 AM ET. See table below for current betting odds.

Knicks vs Thunder Betting Odds

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Injury Report as of January 8

Knicks:
Frank Ntilikina: Out (Right Knee),
Reggie Bullock: Day To Day (Knee),
Kevin Knox II: Day To Day (Knee),
Alec Burks: Out (Ankle),
Obi Toppin: Out (Calf),
Nerlens Noel: Day To Day (Ankle/knee)

Thunder:
Aleksej Pokusevski: Out (Concussion),
Ty Jerome: Day To Day (Left Ankle),
Trevor Ariza: Out (Personal)

Knicks and Thunder Records ATS

  • New York has compiled a 5-3 record against the spread this season.
  • New York and its opponents have gone over the set total in only 2 of 8 games this season (25%).
  • With a 4-3 record ATS this season, Oklahoma City has outperformed expectations ATS this season.
  • Oklahoma City and its opponents have regularly been held under this season, only hitting the over in 42.9% (3) of their seven games played.

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Head to Head

The Thunder got a team-high 22 points from Danilo Gallinari on the way to a 126-103 victory over Elfrid Payton (18 points) and the Knicks in their most recent matchup on Friday. The Thunder were 5.5-point favorites in the game and covered the spread in the win. The teams combined to score 229 total points to go over the 216.5-point over/under.

Date Favorite Home Team Spread Total Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline Game Type Result
3/6/2020 Thunder Knicks -5.5 216.5 -225 179 Regular Season 126-103 OKC
1/21/2019 Knicks Regular Season 127-109 OKC
11/14/2018 Thunder Regular Season 128-103 OKC
12/16/2017 Knicks Regular Season 111-96 NY
10/19/2017 Thunder Regular Season 105-84 OKC
2/15/2017 Thunder Regular Season 116-105 OKC
11/28/2016 Knicks Regular Season 112-103 OKC
1/26/2016 Knicks Regular Season 128-122 OKC
11/20/2015 Thunder Regular Season 93-90 NY
1/28/2015 Knicks Regular Season 100-92 NY
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Scoring Trends

  • In New York’s matchups this season, the Knicks and their opponents have exceeded Friday’s total of 208.5 points 40 times (500% of opportunities).
  • Four Oklahoma City games this year (57.1% of its matchups) ended with a final point total higher than Friday’s point total of 208.5 points.
  • On average, the Knicks have seen a 208.9 over/under in their games this season, 0.4 more points than the over/under in this contest.
  • The over/under for this game is 4.2 points fewer than the average over/under in Thunder’s games this season (212.7 points).
  • The average implied total for the Knicks this season is 112.9 points, 6.9 more points than their implied total of 106 points in Friday’s game.
  • This season, New York has scored more than its implied point total for this matchup (106) 27 times.
  • The 111.6-point average implied total on the season for the Thunder is 8.6 more points than the team’s 103-point implied total in this matchup.
  • This season, Oklahoma City has scored more than this game’s implied total of 103 points five times.
  • The Knicks are at the 28th spot in the NBA’s scoring charts (104.4 PPG), while the Thunder allow the 15th-fewest points per game (110.7) in the league.
  • The Knicks have a -1-point scoring differential on the season (-0.1 per game). The Thunder have also been out-scored by opponents on average this year (-61 total points, -8.7 per game).

Knicks Leaders

  • Julius Randle leads the Knicks in scoring (23.1 points per game), rebounding (12.0 per game) and assisting (7.4 per game).
  • Randle’s rebounding prop total for the contest is posted at 9.5 boards, 2.5 rebounds lower than his season average of 12.0.
  • Reggie Bullock connects on 1.8 threes per game to lead the Knicks.
  • Bullock’s three pointers made prop total for the game is set at 1.5, 0.3 shots lower than his season average of 1.8.
  • Mitchell Robinson leads New York in both blocks and steals, averaging 1.9 blocks and 1.6 steals per game.
  • Robinson’s steals prop over/under for the game is set at 0.5, 1.1 steals less than his season average of 1.6.

Thunder Leaders

  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s excellent performances this season give him the top spot on the Thunder scoring and assists leaderboards with 19.0 points per game and 6.7 assists per game.
  • Gilgeous-Alexander’s assists prop over/under for the game is posted at 3.5 assists, 3.2 assists less than his season average of 6.7.
  • When it comes to rebounds, Darius Bazley is the Oklahoma City leader with 9.0 per game.
  • Bazley’s PRA prop over/under for the game is set at 13.5, 10.4 lower than his season average of 23.9.
  • Mike Muscala leads the Thunder in shooting from beyond the arc, averaging 2.4 made threes per game.
  • Muscala’s three pointers made prop total for the contest is set at 1.5, 0.9 shots lower than his season average of 2.4.
  • Nobody on Oklahoma City grabs more steals than George Hill (1.2 per game) or blocks more shots than Bazley (1.1 per game).
  • Hill’s steals prop over/under for the game is set at 1.5, 0.3 steals greater than his season average of 1.2.

Predictions

The DraftKings line for this game has the Knicks favored by 2.5, while the model predicts they’ll win by considerably more (12.1 points). Put your money on the Knicks.

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