Bet Thunder vs. Knicks "Under" for NBA Picks

Tuesday, December 24, 2013 1:47 PM UTC

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

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.

<p>Let’s take a closer look at <a target="_blank" title="Check out our live NBA odds" href="/nba-basketball/">the NBA betting lines for this non-conference matchup</a> at Madison Square Garden, with the opening tipoff scheduled for 2:30 p.m. ET on ABC.</p> [/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":251219, "sportsbooksIds":[43], "LineTypeId":3, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/] <p><b>All good things come to an end</b></p> <p>Oklahoma City had its nine-game winning streak and perfect 13-0 SU record at home snapped Sunday, as it suffered a <a target="_blank" title="NBA Picks Raptors to cover vs. Thunder" href="/nba-basketball/free-picks/nba-picks-raptors-cover-vs-thunder-a-36026/">104-98 defeat to the Toronto Raptors</a> as 10.5-point favorites.</p> <p>The Thunder are 9-4 SU on the road this season, including a perfect 3-0 mark against Eastern Conference foes.</p> <p><b>Alternating pattern</b></p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p><b>Quite a situation</b></p> <p><img style="font-size:1em" src="" class="imgSelectedPicture article-image" alt="Image preview" id="ctl00_head_ArticleAdministrator_picturePreview_imgSelectedPicture" /><a target="_blank" title="Check out our NBA Betting Forum" href="">NBA handicappers</a> 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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p><b>Series history</b></p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p><b>Prediction</b></p> <p>I’m going to recommend that readers take a look at playing <a target="_blank" title="Free NBA Picks &amp; Betting Odds" href="/nba-basketball/">the total for their NBA picks</a>, as the UNDER is 11-5 in the Thunder’s last 16 games following a SU loss.</p> <p>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.</p> <p><strong>NBA Picks:</strong> Under</p>
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