US sportsbooks (US sportsbook review) will surely have New York in the running for the free-agent bonanza of 2010, as they made a slew of moves at the deadline to clear cap space, but they made one very intriguing move as well. The New York Knicks will host Oklahoma City on Saturday night in Madison Square Garden, and they need to stop their current slide, perhaps with a new face.
Thunder vs Knicks odds – Saturday, February 20, 7:30 PM ET
The Thunder (31-21) have won seven straight, including a 99-86 win at home over Dallas on Tuesday. Kevin Durant’s 25 points gave him 26 games with 25 or more, and he added 14 boards while James Harden came off the bench to notch 17 points. However, what’s more impressive is the way that the young Thunder play defense as they’re sixth in points against, and only three of their last 15 opponents have scored 100 points or more. The Thunder held Dallas, who were integrating some new faces into the lineup, to 32.3% from the field, and they forced 12 turnovers.
The Knicks (19-34) have lost five in a row and eight of their last 10 overall, dropping the second half of a home-and-home with Chicago 115-109 at home on Wednesday. Al Harrington came off the bench to score 27 points, while Wilson Chandler dropped 26 points for the Knicks, who sat Nate Robinson due to an impending trade. The Knicks then sent Robinson to Boston for expiring contracts. New York then traded for Tracy McGrady in a three-team deal with Houston and Sacramento to get more expiring contracts. McGrady has yet to play this year after coming back from knee surgery, and his giant contract comes off the books this year, but what do the Knicks do if he starts to play well? It should be interesting to sports betting fans across the world.
The Thunder should be favored on the road, where they are 15-11, and they’ve won three of their last five trips to New York, where the Knicks are 12-17. The Thunder have won five of their last six overall against the Knicks, who are essentially a mess, but it’ll be good to see McGrady back on the court if he makes his debut on Saturday, which is a pretty good possibility. Still, the Knicks shouldn’t think that he’ll turn around this franchise, and he’s playing more to get a contract somewhere else next year. The Thunder are on a roll right now, and they’ve shown an ability to win both low-scoring games and offensive shootouts. The Knicks will try to draw them into a shootout, but we have more confidence in the Thunder’s ability to make a late stop when it’s necessary.
NBA betting pick: Oklahoma City
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