Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 ET at Madison Square Garden. The Thunder are 51-22 and are currently 2nd in the Western Conference. The Knicks are 44-29 and are 4th in the Eastern Conference. New York is favored by 3.5 points.

This game will be televised on MSG and is a non-conference matchup.

OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER VS NEW YORK KNICKS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Oklahoma City Thunder +3.5

This game will be played at Madison Square Garden at 7:00 ET on Sunday, March 31st.

WHY BET THE OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 116-109 in favor of the Thunder.
  • Our projections have Shai Gilgeous-Alexander finishing with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists.
  • From the field, we have the Thunder finishing with a field goal percentage of 49.5% and knocking down 14 threes.

Does Oklahoma City Have What it Takes on the Road?

This season, the Thunder have an average over/under line of 233.1, which is higher than today’s line of 214. Their games have averaged 233.5 points per game.

Oklahoma City’s over/under record for the season is 39-33-1, and they have hit the over in their last three games. Today, they are looking to extend that streak.

In their most recent game, the Thunder beat the Suns by a score of 128-103. They were 2.5-point underdogs going into the game and easily covered the spread. The O/U line for that game was 227.5.

Going into today’s game, the Thunder are 2nd in the Western Conference with a record of 51-22. Against other Western Conference teams, they are 33-16 compared to 18-6 in non-conference games.

On the road, the Thunder have an ATS record of 20-16 and a straight-up record of 22-14. As underdogs, they are 12-6 ATS on the road and have a scoring differential of +3.5 PPG.

For the season, the Thunder have been the underdog in 18 of their games and have gone 10-8 straight-up and 12-6 ATS. Today, they are 3.5-point underdogs.

Heading into tonight’s game, the Thunder are one of the most efficient offenses in the NBA, ranking 3rd in points per game at 120.5. They have been even better on the road, averaging 118 points per game away from home.

Oklahoma City’s offense has been one of the best in terms of field goal percentage, ranking 2nd in the league at 49%. They have also been excellent from three-point range, leading the NBA in three-point shooting percentage at 39%.

When it comes to pace, the Thunder are 9th in the NBA at 99.6 possessions per game. In terms of assists, they are 13th in the league with an average of 26.9 per game.

Currently, the Thunder’s defense holds the 12th rank in the NBA, allowing 113.0 points per game. In terms of two point field goal attempts, the Thunder defense has allowed a shooting percentage of 52.3% while allowing 36.5% from downtown.

Can the Knicks Deliver Being Favored at Home?

Today, the Knicks will look to extend their home winning streak to four games as they are favored by 3.5 points against the Thunder. This season, the Knicks have gone 24-13 at home, and they are 20-17 against the spread at home.

In terms of their O/U record, the Knicks are 28-44-1 for the season, and they have gone over the O/U line in their last three games. This year, their games have averaged a combined 220.4 points, and today’s O/U line is set at 214.

New York’s most recent game was a 130-126 loss to the Spurs. The O/U line for that game was also 214 points. The Knicks were favored by 8 points going into the game, giving them an ATS loss.

Despite the loss, the Knicks are still in 4th place in the Eastern Conference with a record of 44-29. Against other teams in the East, they are 30-15 and 10-5 in their division. Overall, they are 32-10 as the favorite and 26-15 ATS as the favorite.

At home, the Knicks are averaging 110.7 points per game, which is 25th in the NBA. Overall, they are 20th in the league with 112.6 points per game. In terms of pace, the Knicks are the slowest team in the NBA, averaging just 94.9 possessions per game.

When it comes to three-point shooting, New York is 11th in the league in both three-pointers made per game (13.2) and three-point attempts per game (36.2). However, they are just 16th in three-point shooting percentage at 36%.

So far this season, the Knicks have outscored the NBA scoring average in 42.5% of their games. In terms of two-point shooting, they are 23rd in the NBA with a 53% success rate. When it comes to free throws, the Knicks are 15th in attempts and 17th in makes.

At present, the Knicks’ defense is ranked 2nd, allowing 107.8 points per game. The New York defense has allowed opponents to shoot 36.2% from beyond the arc this season. Opposing teams are also hitting 46.8% of their field goal attempts vs. New York.