Knicks vs Thunder prediction, odds, line, spread: 2022 NBA picks, model’s Feb. 14 best bets on 65-36 run
The Oklahoma City Thunder are looking to break a five-game losing streak on Monday night. The Thunder take on the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden, with the Knicks having lost five of the last six games. Oklahoma City is 17-39 this season and New York is 25-32 overall. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (ankle), Mike Muscala (ankle) and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (foot) are out for the Thunder. Derrick Rose (ankle) and RJ Barrett (ankle) are out for the Knicks, with Mitchell Robinson (ankle), Nerlens Noel (foot) and Cam Reddish (ankle) listed as questionable.
Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m. ET in New York. Caesars Sportsbook lists New York as the home favorite with 8.5 points, while the over-under, or total number of points Vegas thinks it will score, is 205.5 in the latest Thunder vs. Knicks odds. Before making Thunder vs Knicks picks, be sure to see SportsLine’s Proven Model NBA Predictions and Betting Tips.
SportsLine projection model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times and has earned over $10,000 in profit on its best NBA Picks over the past three seasons. The model enters Week 17 of the 2021-22 NBA season on a stunning 65-36 turnover on all top-rated NBA picks, grossing nearly $2,400. Anyone who follows him has seen huge returns.
Now the model has set its sights on Knicks vs. Thunderand just locked in his NBA picks and predictions. You can head over to SportsLine now to see the model choices.. Here are several NBA betting lines and trends for Thunder vs. Knicks:
- Gap Knicks vs. Thunder: Knicks -8.5
- Knicks vs. Thunder over-under: 205.5 points
- OKC: Thunder 19-10 ATS in road games
- NYK: Knicks are 13-15 ATS in home games
Why the Knicks can cover
New York’s defense has the best game against Oklahoma City, but the Knicks have offensive strengths. The Knicks are fantastic on the offensive glass, averaging 14.6 second-chance points per game and grabbing over 29% of available rebounds. The Knicks are also in the NBA’s top 10 in free throw creation and 3 points per game, with above-average ball safety. On the other side, the Knicks should capitalize on Oklahoma City’s sub-par offense.
The Thunder are last in the NBA in a myriad of offensive categories, including offensive rating, field goal percentage, 3-point percentage and assists per game. The Knicks are No. 3 in the league in points allowed in the paint (42.4 per game), with above-average ratings in percentage defense against field goals (44.4%), in rate defensive rebound (73.1%) and second chance points allowed (12.6 per game).
Why thunder can cover
The Thunder are above average at taking care of the ball, committing just 13.6 turnovers per game. New York is also No. 27 in the NBA for creating turnovers on defense, and Oklahoma City’s defense can take it from there. The Thunder are in the NBA’s top 10 in defensive ratings, allowing just 108.5 points per 100 possessions. OKC allows opponents to shoot from just 44.7% from the field, with above-average ratings in 2-point defense and 3-point defense.
The Thunder are No. 3 in the NBA in free throw attempts allowed (19.1 per game) and No. 2 in the NBA in quick break points allowed (9.8 per game). Oklahoma City is also above average in points allowed in the paint (45.8 per game), and New York’s offense is shaky. The Knicks are No. 24 in offensive efficiency and No. 25 in free throw accuracy, with the last five NBA rankings in field goal percentage, 2-point percentage and assists per game.
How to make Thunder vs. Knicks picks
SportsLine’s model leans into the total, projecting a combined 201 points. The model also indicates that one side of the gap hits almost 70% of the time. You can only see the model choice on SportsLine.
So who wins Thunder vs. Knicks? And which side of the spread hits nearly 70% of the time? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the spread you should jump to, all from the model who crushed his NBA picksand find out.