Bet Thunder vs. Knicks "Under" for NBA Picks

Jeff Grant

Tuesday, December 24, 2013 1:47 PM GMT

Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013 1:47 PM GMT

The Oklahoma City Thunder have been known to bounce back following a loss in recent years, as they prepare to face the New York Knicks on Christmas Day.

Let’s take a closer look at the NBA betting lines for this non-conference matchup at Madison Square Garden, with the opening tipoff scheduled for 2:30 p.m. ET on ABC.

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All good things come to an end

Oklahoma City had its nine-game winning streak and perfect 13-0 SU record at home snapped Sunday, as it suffered a 104-98 defeat to the Toronto Raptors as 10.5-point favorites.

The Thunder are 9-4 SU on the road this season, including a perfect 3-0 mark against Eastern Conference foes.

Alternating pattern

New York has alternated wins and losses over its last eight games, as it comes off a 103-98 victory over the Orlando Magic as 1.5-point road favorites Monday, while going OVER the betting total for the fourth time in five contests.

The Knicks may play this high-profile affair without the services of two starters, as forward Carmelo Anthony left the game against the Magic with a sprained left ankle, while point guard Raymond Felton is dealing with a groin injury.

The franchise is 3-11 ATS in its last 14 home games, while it has failed to cover the number in seven of its last eight opportunities against Western Conference foes.

Quite a situation

NBA handicappers have made a lot of money backing the Thunder in bounce-back situations over the years, as they’ve gone 34-8 SU following a loss since the start of the 2011-12 campaign—the best such mark in the league.

Oklahoma City has won three of four after tasting defeat this season, with stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook leading the squad on the offensive end.

Series history

The Knicks haven’t won a season series against the Thunder since winning both games of the 2005-06 campaign, but Anthony did manage to score 36 points and grab 12 rebounds over 37 minutes of action in one meeting last year.

Durant and Westbrook combined to average 59.5 points and 14.0 rebounds in two games versus the Knicks in 2012-13, but the franchise has failed to cover the spread in its last four trips to the Big Apple.

Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers take a look at playing the total for their NBA picks, as the UNDER is 11-5 in the Thunder’s last 16 games following a SU loss.

It’s also important to point out that four of the last five overall meetings in this series have fallen short of the betting total.

NBA Picks: Under

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