New York Knicks vs Oklahoma City Thunder Prediction, 3/13/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New York Knicks vs Oklahoma City Thunder
Date: Saturday, March 13, 2021
Location: Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, OK
Odds/Point Spread: New York (-1.5)
The Oklahoma City Thunder (16-21) host the New York Knicks (19-19) at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday. The odds on this contest have New York as 1.5-point favorites. The total has been set at 228.
The New York Knicks played the Milwaukee Bucks and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 134-101 in their last contest. New York wrapped up the contest having earned a 41.6% field goal percentage (37 of 89) and buried 13 out of their 37 shots from distance. From the charity stripe, the Knicks knocked down 14 of their 21 shots for a rate of 66.7%. Concerning grabbing boards, they compiled a total of 38 with 10 of them being offensive. They also distributed 19 assists for the matchup as well as forcing 12 turnovers and earning 3 steals. In relation to the defense, New York allowed their opponent to shoot 57.5% from the field on 50 out of 87 shooting. Milwaukee recorded 29 dimes and had 8 steals in the matchup. Moreover, Milwaukee had 44 rebounds (5 offensive, 39 defensive) and got 5 blocks. Milwaukee shot 94.1% from the charity stripe by burying 16 of their 17 attempts. They also converted 18 of their 38 attempts from downtown.
RJ Barrett is one guy who was important in this game. He notched 22 points on 9 of 15 shooting. He played for 28:43 minutes and totaled 5 boards. Barrett finished shooting 60.0% from the field and dished out 2 dimes. An additional guy that was a contributor in this contest for the Knicks was Elfrid Payton. He collected 5 rebounds in 24:10 minutes on the basketball court. He finished the game shooting 28.6% from the floor in this game via 4-of-14 (10 points). When all was said and done, Payton accounted for 3 assists.
New York will enter this contest with a win-loss mark of 19-19 so far this year. They are losing possession via turnover 13.8 times per contest and as a team are committing 20.7 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, New York is pulling in 46.3 boards per game and has accumulated 802 dimes this season, which is 28th in the league in terms of passing. The Knicks are connecting on 37.1% on shots beyond the perimeter (395 of 1,064) and 77.5% from the free throw line. They average 104.8 points per contest (29th in basketball) while hitting 45.4% from the field. When they are on defense, the Knicks are forcing their opponents into 11.9 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 18.3 fouls. They are currently ranked 9th in the league in allowing assists to their opponents with 870 surrendered so far this year. The Knicks are allowing a FG percentage of 43.9% (453 of 695) and they relinquish 43.4 boards per contest as a basketball team. They are surrendering 33.4% on three-point shots while they are 1st in the league in PPG allowed (105.2).
The last time they took the court, the Oklahoma City Thunder got the victory with a final of 116-108 when they played the Dallas Mavericks. The Thunder pulled down 39 defensive boards and 16 offensive boards totaling 55 for the contest. They turned the ball over 9 times, while getting 2 steals for the matchup. The Mavericks were called for 22 personal fouls for this game which took the Thunder to the charity stripe for 20 tries. They were able to knock down 18 of the free throw tries for a rate of 90.0%. Concerning shots from beyond the arc, Oklahoma City made 16 of 32 tries (50.0%). Overall, the Thunder shot 41 for 91 from the floor which gave them a rate of 45.1%. The Thunder allowed the Mavericks to make 35 of their 82 tries from the floor which had them shooting 42.7% in the matchup. They finished the game shooting 44.1% from 3-point land by shooting 15 out of 34 and finished the game at 23 out of 33 from the charity stripe (69.7%). Concerning team rebounding, Oklahoma City permitted Dallas to collect 37 in total (6 offensive).
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander ended up having an impact for the Thunder in this matchup. He made 11 of 22 in this matchup for a field goal percentage of 50.0%, and accounted for 2 rebounds. Gilgeous-Alexander had 32 points in his 32:37 minutes on the hardwood and totaled 6 dimes for the contest. An additional guy who came through for Oklahoma City was Al Horford. He finished with 2 assists in 27:41 mins on the court, and he converted 8 of 15 from the floor. Horford walked away from this one going 53.3% from the floor while also contributing 21 points and 9 boards.
Oklahoma City has a mark of 16-21 so far this season. As an offense, the Thunder are hitting on 44.6% from the field, which ranks them 25th in the league. Oklahoma City has totaled 3,928 points this season (106.2 per contest) and they snag 44.6 rebounds per game. They are dishing out assists 23.1 times per contest (24th in basketball) and they turn it over 14.4 times per game. The Thunder are responsible for committing 18.4 fouls per game while shooting 73.9% from the charity stripe. The Thunder are ranked 12th in the NBA in points given up per game with 111.3. They are able to force 13.3 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 46.0% from the field (10th in the NBA). The Oklahoma City defense concedes 34.9% on 3-pointers (474 of 1,357) and their opposition knocks down 75.6% of their free throw attempts. They allow 24.7 assists and 48.3 rebounds on a nightly basis, ranking them 15th and 28th in basketball.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take New York (-1.5)
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