The Knicks suffered their worst loss of the season a little more than a week ago tot he Oklahoma City Thunder at Madison Square Garden, but the team quickly bounced back and won two straight on the start of its Western Conference road trip, a road trip many predicted would end in an 0-5 record (now at 2-2).
This line has moved half a point in the Knicks’ favor since early this morning, now with New York as just a 2-point road underdog. The game’s 230 total remains the highest of the Monday night NBA slate.
The loss to OKC previously seemed to put a charge into the Knicks, and I expect Tom Thibodeau’s team to come out looking for redemption in Oklahoma City. The team’s offense wasn’t the problem in the last game (scoring 135 points), their defense just could make a stop, it also didn’t help that OKC seemingly couldn’t miss from beyond the arc, shooting a ridiculous 54.8 percent. I expect that to normalize and the Knicks to come away with the victory here.
prediction: Knicks 118 | Thunder 110
Yes Shai Gilgeous-Alexander lit up the Knicks for 37 points in their last matchup and yes he is averaging over 31 points per night this season, but Knicks starting point guard Jalen Brunson was atrocious on defense last game, and he fully admitted that much himself . Given how proud and hardworking Brunson is, I don’t expect him to let SGA light them up again, at least not for 31 points or more. SGA is also coming off a very poor scoring night in his last game, only dropping 15 points against the Memphis Grizzlies.
Bet: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Under 30.5 Points (-106)
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