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#563 New York Knicks vs.
#564 Oklahoma City Thunder
Monday, November 21, 2022 at 8:10pm EST
Chesapeake Enery Arena, Oklahoma City
Written by Dave Kovaleski

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The Oklahoma City Thunder have been a pleasant surprise thus far and they'll try to sneak up on the New York Knicks when they hos them on Monday. The Thunder are 7-9 while the Knicks are wrapping up a five game road trip. The Thunder beat the Knicks back on Nov.13 in a 145-135 shootout in New York City. The Thunder have owned the Knicks as of late, winning 7 of their last 8 head to head and 3 in a row. Can the Knicks find a way to beat the Thunder?

Knicks get pummeled

The Knicks are playing the final game of a five-game Western road trip, and they are coming off a bad loss to the Phoenix Suns. The Suns destroyed the Knicks 116-95. The loss dropped the Knicks below .500 to 8-9.

The Knicks were led by Jalen Brunson who had 27 points while RJ Barrett added 12 points. Quentin Grimes added 10 points and 5 rebounds with 8 assists. Julius Randle had an off night with just 9 points.

Thunder finish road trip at 2-2

The Oklahoma City Thunder's season got off to an ominous start when lottery pick Chet Holmgren went down in the preseason with a season-ending injury. But they have pulled together and gotten off to a decent start at 7-9. They are in last place in the Northwest division, but they are only 4 games out of first place. They just wrapped up a four-game road trip where they went 2-2 and the trip started off in New York with a 145-135 win over the Knicks.

It ended with a 121-110 loss at Memphis Friday night as a 6.5-point underdog. OKC shot 47% from the floor, but was pounded 57-43 on the glass and had 3 fewer three-pointers than the Grizzlies. But the game was lost at the foul line as the Thunder committed 28 fouls and Memphis made 29 of 40 from the stripe while the Thunder made just 9 of 11. Shai Gilgeous Alexander has been the main man all season averaging 31.1 points per game, but he only had 15 points in this one. Josh Giddey led the way with 20 points

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The Oklahoma City Thunder have inexplicably owned the Knicks over the last few years, winning 7 of the last 8 contests. It is inexplicable because the Knicks have been the much better team in recent years. Even this year, the Thunder lit up the Knicks for 145 points and won easily a week ago. I like this dominance to continue here as the Thunder come home after a successful road trip and they have had two full days off to rest. The Knicks are winding up a long road trip of their own, and they played on Sunday afternoon in Phoenix so they may just be ready to head back home. The Knicks are 1-4 against the spread in the last 5 meetings in Oklahoma City. Take the Thunder to cover the spread.

Prediction: Oklahoma City -2.5

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There tends not to be a lot of defense when these two squads hook up. Last week, they combined for 280 points in the Big Apple. With the total set at just 232 here, I see this one sailing past that number. And that last game wasn't an anomaly as far as the over is concerned as the over is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings between these two. Gilgeous-Alexander had a rough game against Memphis, so look for him to have a big night here. He erupted for 37 points against the Knicks a week ago in New York, so he should be chucking playing at home. Oklahoma City has the 7th-ranked offense with 116.2 points per game and they average 117.4 points per game at home. The Knicks won't have any trouble scoring either against a Thunder defense that ranks 27th. Take the over here.

Prediction: Over 232
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Written By Dave Kovaleski , "Dave Kovaleski"

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