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New York Knicks vs Oklahoma City Thunder 12/31/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

 

The New York Knicks (17-18) travel to meet the Oklahoma City Thunder (12-22) at Paycom Center in Oklahoma City on Friday, December 31, 2021, at 8:00 PM ET. New York will try to improve their record to .500 this season and extend their winning streak to three in facing OKC on Friday evening.

 

The Knicks busted the Hawks, Timberwolves, and the Pistons in their recent three. New York is in 9th place at 11-15 in the Eastern Conference and took 3rd place in the Atlantic Division with a 17-18 overall standing and a .486 team percentage this season.

 

In their win over Detroit, the Knicks ended up taking a 48-41 halftime lead and marked a 46-44 advantage in the last two quarters of their 9-point victory over the Pistons on Wednesday. SF/SG Alec Burks sparked the offense for New York with 34 points off the bench while PF/C Julius Randle controlled the board with 10 rebounds and dispensed a team-high 5 assists.

 

The NY Knicks outscored Detroit in field goal shooting at 38.3% to 37.0% but struggled in their scoring from the three-point range with only 25.8% (8/31) efficiency while converting 88.9% (24/27) free-throw attempts and posted a total of 46 points in the paint.

 

The Knicks dominated the glass with 48 to 43 total rebounds and dispensed a total of 19 assists. New York tied with Detroit in blocks at 5 and steals at 11 but forced 17 turnovers while committing just 16.

 

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New York Knicks vs Oklahoma City Thunder Predictions 12/31/2021

 

The Oklahoma City Thunder struggled with only 12 wins out of 34 total games played this season. The Thunder will be hosting the Knicks after losing their last two matches to the Kings and the Suns.

 

Oklahoma City dropped to 14th place at 10-15 in the Western Conference and settled in 5th place in the Northwest Division with an overall standing at 12-22 and a team percentage at .353 on the year.

 

The Thunder surrendered to the Phoenix Suns after their offense collapsed in the last quarter of the match and scored only 16 points resulting in their 97-115 defeat on Wednesday. PG/SG Ty Jerome scored 24 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in leading the offense for Oklahoma City while SF Aaron Wiggins contributed 22 points with 8 boards for the Thunder.

 

Oklahoma City struggled in their scoring from the field with only 39.6% (38/96) conversion, connected just 20.0% (7/35) from the rainbow territory, made 87.5% (14/16) from the foul line, and nailed 50 points in the paint.

 

The Thunder grabbed 45 total rebounds with 14 coming from the offensive end with a total of 19 assists in the contest. The OKC Thunder blocked a shot with 6 steals but committed 11 turnovers and 24 personal fouls in the match.     

 

New York Knicks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder. The NBA Pick for this game is New York -6.5. The Knicks are the better team here as the Thunder will continue their struggle on Friday night.

 

New York is 4-1 ATS after winning their last three outings and four of their last five. The Knicks scored a maximum of 101 points while allowing just 88 or less in their last three victories. The prediction: The New York Knicks will win at 107-99.

 

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New York Knicks vs Oklahoma City Thunder 12/31/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

NBA Starting Time: 8:00 PM ET

 

Location: Paycom Center in Oklahoma City, OK

 

Date: Friday, December 31, 2021

 

TV: BSOK

 

NBA Odds/Point Spread: New York Knicks -6.5  

 

NBA Totals: 205.5

 

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