Thunder vs. Knicks Pick NBA – November 28th

We capped off a 6-1 ATS NBA week with an easy road winner last night as the Kings kept the Nets misery intact, handing them a decisive 122-105 loss in the Barclays Center for their sixth 17-plus point loss in seven games.  The win pushed us to a nice 21-12 ATS for the season and we will be looking to stack on another winning week starting today.

Elsewhere in the NBA, there were a few eyebrow-raising results.  The Sixers lost yet another tough home game, this time falling to the Cavaliers 112-108 after once again leading the defending champs for much of the game.  Joel Embiid continues to make an unlikely All Star case, scoring 22 points and grabbing nine boards in just 25 minutes of action.  I know the Sixers aren’t any good still, but anyone else just dying to see what happens once his minute restriction is lifted?  36 minute numbers project him out to be a 30/14 guy…

The Pacers put together one of their best efforts of the season, handling the Clippers with ease in a 90-71 home win.  The loss was the Clippers second in a row as rumors of “knee swelling” are swirling around Blake Griffin.  While 14-4 is a record nearly any team would be proud of, the simple truth is, they are just a small losing skid away from falling perhaps irreparably behind the Warriors and Spurs and once again looking at a second round playoff series on the road as heavy dogs.  Life is tough in the West…

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Today’s Free Pick:

Oklahoma City Thunder at New York Knicks -1  (Total: 213)

It feels weird to keep backing the Knicks, as I am not a big fan of the makeup of their team nor do I think they are a particularly GOOD team.  Yet they ARE 7-2 at home and have won six straight in the Garden, including wins over Charlotte, Portland, and Atlanta.  Oklahoma City enters at 10-8 and a respectable 3-4 on the road, especially considering that losses have come at Golden State and Portland.  However, I am little concerned that their 10-8 record is a little misleading with 11 of their first 18 games coming at home.

The trends favor the Knicks, as easy as it would be to immediately lean ‘Thunder’ seeing the two teams names on paper.  The Knicks have been sharing the basketball better of late and look like they could be a playoff team in the East.

OKC is just 2-5 ATS on the road this season and the Knicks are 7-2 ATS at home.  Home court matters in the NBA, often a lot, and that alone is reason for me to take the Knicks in a near pick em.  OKC has an unbelievable star in Russell Westbrook.  But they just aren’t getting quite enough out of the rest of the team to expect them to win tough games on the road.

I’ll take Melo and Rose to remember to share with Porzingis tonight and for the Knicks to run their home winning streak to seven straight games.

Free Pick:  New York Knicks -1