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Knicks vs. Thunder odds, line: 2021 NBA picks, Dec. 31 prediction from proven computer model

The Oklahoma City Thunder will take on the New York Knicks at 8 p.m. ET on Friday at the Paycom Center. The Thunder are 12-22 overall and 7-10 at home, while New York is 17-18 overall and 10-7 on the road. The Knicks are on a three-game winning streak, but they will be missing their leading scorer on Friday night.

New York is favored by five points in the latest Thunder vs. Knicks odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under is set at 206. Before entering any Knicks vs. Thunder picks, you’ll want to see the NBA predictions from the model at SportsLine.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times and has returned well over $10,000 in profit on its top-rated NBA picks over the past three-plus seasons. The model enters Week 11 of the 2021-22 NBA season on a stunning 48-24 roll on all top-rated NBA picks, returning almost $2,000. Anyone following it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Thunder vs. Knicks. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Here are several NBA betting lines for Knicks vs. Thunder:

  • Thunder vs. Knicks spread: Thunder +5
  • Thunder vs. Knicks over-under: 206 points

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What you need to know about the Thunder

Oklahoma City won four games in a five-game stretch last week, but it has now lost consecutive games. The Thunder came up short on the road against Sacramento on Tuesday and followed it up with a 115-97 defeat against the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday. Small forward Luguentz Dort did not have his best showing, finishing with only nine points on 3-for-18 shooting in 35 minutes.

The Thunder are without head coach Mark Daigneault, who entered the league’s health and safety protocol. They could be without their best player as well, as Shai Gilgeous-Alexander missed Wednesday’s game with right ankle soreness and is questionable for Friday. However, rookie guard Aaron Wiggins is averaging 20 points and 6.3 rebounds over his last three outings. OKC will be missing Darius Bazley, Josh Giddey and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl due to health and safety protocols.

What you need to know about the Knicks

New York is coming into this game on a three-game winning streak that includes victories over Atlanta, Minnesota and Detroit. The Knicks got past the Pistons in a 94-85 final on Wednesday, led by a season-high 34 points from Alec Burks. Leading scorer Julius Randle was held to just five points on 2 of 11 shooting. 

Burks will need to step up again on Friday night, as Randle has now entered the health and safety protocol. The Knicks have most of their roster available, though, as Nerlens Noel (protocols) and Derrick Rose (ankle) are the only other key contributors absent, though Evan Fournier (ankle) is questionable. They will also be without assistant coach Johnnie Bryant, who is also in the protocol. 

How to make Thunder vs. Knicks picks

The model has simulated Thunder vs. Knicks 10,000 times and the results are in. We can tell you that the model is leaning Over, and it’s also generated a point-spread pick that is hitting in well over 60 percent of simulations. You can only see the pick at SportsLine.

So who wins Knicks vs. Thunder? And which side covers well over 60 percent of the time? Visit SportsLine now to find out, all from the model that has crushed its NBA picks. 

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