New York Knicks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder NBA Betting Picks and Prediction for Wednesday, December 27, 2023-

New York Knicks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder – As the New York Knicks (16-12) prepare to face Oklahoma City Thunder (18-9) in an eagerly anticipated showdown, stakes in the NBA landscape are high. Notably, live betting in Canada promises to capture its excitement, especially with key players like Jalen Brunson and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander leading their respective teams – the Knicks looking to further solidify their standing while Thunder trying to build on its impressive record and move up.

New York Knicks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

Date & Time: Wednesday, December 27, 2023, at 8:00 PM ET

Location: Paycom Center


New York Knicks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Betting Odds


New York Knicks Analysis

The New York Knicks have established themselves this season as an aggressive offensive powerhouse with an effective defensive presence. Jalen Brunson leads their attack offensively with 114.6 points per game on average; their field goal efficiency of 46.2% shows their team is comfortable both inside and beyond the arc with a notable 37.8% success rate from three-point territory; making them unpredictable and hard to defend against during high-stakes matchups like that against Oklahoma City Thunder.

Defensively, the Knicks have proven both resilient and vulnerable. An average of 7.5 steals and 3.4 blocks per game demonstrate their ability to disrupt opponent plays and create transition opportunities, but their 18 per game foul total often puts them in precarious situations, especially against teams that excel at free throw shooting. Rebounding prowess (especially on the defensive glass where 32.6 rebound average is seen per game) has been key component in their strategy in limiting opponents’ second chance points and controlling game pace.

Jalen Brunson has been an essential piece for the Knicks, contributing significant points and assists. His ability to make plays under pressure will be crucial in this matchup with Thunder’s formidable defense.

Oklahoma City Thunder Analysis

Oklahoma City Thunder’s season has been one of offensive excellence and strategic defensive play, led by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s 30.8 average scoring per game which has contributed significantly to their 120.7 average per game output. Their scoring prowess is further highlighted by an outstanding field goal percentage of 49.2% indicating effective shot selection and execution. The Thunder’s ability to convert free throws consistently, with an 85.5% free throw percentage, underscores their proficiency at capitalizing on scoring opportunities. Their efficient offense combines beyond-the-arc shooting and inside the paint play into one formidable opponent for any team in the league.

On defense, the Thunder have been an intimidating force, averaging 8.5 steals and 6.4 blocks per game to keep opponents off balance and create easy scoring opportunities off turnovers. Their aggressive playstyle also comes at the expense of an increased foul rate: 19.8 fouls per game on average which could be exploited by teams capable of drawing fouls successfully for free-throw attempts. Their defensive rebounding averaged 32.9 per game was impressive but with only 9.9 offensive rebounds per game they may present an opportunity for the Knicks.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has been an outstanding performer, dominating opponents with his scoring, rebounding and playmaking abilities. His matchup against Brunson will likely decide the outcome of this contest.

New York Knicks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Against the Spread

The Knicks are 5-5 over their last 10 games straight up and 6-4 against the spread over that span. They have been strong on the road, covering in 8 of their last 11 away contests. The totals have gone OVER in 2 of New York’s last 5 outings.

The Thunder have won 7 of their last 10 games straight up and 6 of their last 10 ATS. At home, OKC has covered in 9 of their past 11 matchups. The OVER has hit in 3 of the Thunder’s previous 5 overall.

New York Knicks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Free Pick

Based on trends, team stats, and key players, here are the picks:

Moneyline: Oklahoma City Thunder. The Thunder’s offensive prowess and home advantage make them the favored pick.

Spread: New York Knicks. The Knicks have shown they can keep games close, especially against strong opponents.

Total: Over. Both teams have trends indicating high-scoring games, and their offensive capabilities suggest a game where the total will likely go over.

Predicted Score: Oklahoma City Thunder 118, New York Knicks 112

In conclusion, while the Moneyline pick leans towards the Thunder, the most reliable bet could be on the total going over, given both teams’ scoring trends. Fans and bettors alike should look out for the latest NBA picks to stay updated on any shifts in odds or player availability as game day approaches.