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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

NBA : Beleaguered Knicks Travel to Oklahoma City

The New York Knicks are making news for their off-court troubles these days, and they’re struggling on the court as well. They’ll hit the road on Wednesday to face an Oklahoma City Thunder team that’s also slumping.

The Knicks are 25th in the league in points allowed, which offsets their 12th-place ranking in points scored. Despite being the subject of trade rumors and a feud with Phil Jackson, Carmelo Anthony is putting up over 23 points a night. Kristaps Porzingis has had a few injury problems this season, but he’s still averaging over 18 points and seven rebounds.

The Thunder continue to go as Russell Westbrook goes, and he continues to average a triple-double with 30.9 points (first in the NBA), 10.4 rebounds and 10.1 assists. A lack of three-point shooting puts pressure on the Thunder to drive into a packed lane as they’re 29th in the league from downtown; only Chicago is worse.

Oklahoma City is 7-3 SU and 5-5 ATS in their last 10 meetings with the Knicks, but they’ve struggled of late. The Thunder have lost three of their last four with the losses coming by an average of 13.6 points per game.

NBA : Beleaguered Knicks Travel to Oklahoma City

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Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder has been a force this season, averaging a triple-double heading towards the All-Star break. On Wednesday, the Thunder host the New York Knicks, who’ve dropped four of their last five games.

Westbrook leads the league in scoring and is still holding steady with double-digits in rebounding and assists. He had a triple-double when the Thunder visited New York City in November, putting up 27 points, 17 rebounds and 14 assists to lead the Thunder to a 112-103 win over the Knicks. Derrick Rose netted 30 for New York that night.

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