New York Knicks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder 1/21/19: Starting Lineups, Matchup Breakdown, Odds, Daily Fantasy, Betting
New York Knicks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Preview
The Oklahoma City Thunder (27-18) and New York Knicks (10-34) are set to takeoff Monday at Madison Square Garden. Both teams are coming off close games.
The Thunder are coming off an epic and down to the wire game Saturday in Philadelphia, where Paul George converted a four-point play with 5.1 seconds left to give Oklahoma City a 117-115 win.
The Knicks last played Thursday in London and lost a tough 100-101 game to the Wizards. Allonzo Trier was called for goaltending on a layup attempt by Wizard’s Thomas Bryant with 0.4 seconds remaining, giving Washington a 101-100 victory.
Time: 12:30pm ET
Arena: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
Channel: MSG, NBATV, FSOK
New York Knicks Starting Lineup
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The Knicks currently own the third worst record in the Eastern Conference and haven’t won a game since beating the Lakers on January 4th. Thursday game in London also marked their fifth straight loss.
This loss was especially tough because they held a 10-point lead after the first quarter and pushed it to 19 in the second before entering halftime up 63-53. New York led by as many as 16 in the third quarter before Washington began to rally and eventually came back to catch them in the fourth.
Emmanuel Mudiay scored 25 points and Luke Kornet finished with 16 points, it’s also important to note that Enis Kanter will be returning to action after not traveling with the team to London. The Knicks could really benefit from a clearly better Thunder team coming into the Garden flat. The Knicks will also have two extra days of rest compared to Oklahoma City.
Oklahoma City Thunder Starting Lineup
The Thunder winning in Philly snapped a two-game losing streak for them. Along with Paul George clutch shot to end the game, he had 31 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals. Westbrook had 21 points, 10 rebounds and six assists and had another memorable moment in his rivalry with Joel Embiid.
Westbrook absorbed a hard foul from Embiid on a break with 1:46 left, landing out of bounds under the basket. Westbrook then got up and rushed toward Embiid before he was restrained by his teammates. After the game, Westbrook told reporters “I don’t think he just landed on me, he had a little extra to it, you know what I’m saying? But it’s ok.”
George went 4 for 9 from 3-point range and was also 11 for 11 at the free-throw line. Other contributions came from Dennis Schroder with 21 points, Steven Adams with 16 points and nine rebounds, and Terrance Ferguson also put up 11. Oklahoma City also had a very efficient 20 assists and 10 turnovers against Philly
New York Knicks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Betting Odds
The Oklahoma City Thunder are -9 heading into Madison Square Garden. The over/under is 228 points and there has been very little movement on the money line.
New York has the worst home record of 4-14 at home and are 7-29 as the favorite. Oklahoma City is 13-11 on the road and 22-15 as the underdog.
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DraftKings & FanDuel Fantasy Picks
Russell Westbrook ($12.6k) is the standout for this afternoon’s game. FanDuel has him projected for a 51.33 point performance against the Knicks.
Jerami Grant ($6.3k) and Emmanuel Mudiay ($6.6k) are both fantasy values. Grant has become a consistent contributor for OKC, and he’s projected for 27.57 points. Mudiay is expected to have another standout game with a 29.11 point projection.
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