When the NBA came out with the schedule for Christmas Day, they were anticipating the matchups to be much more exciting. As fate would have it, many of the teams playing today are dealing with injuries and having bad seasons overall.
One of those teams is the New York Knicks, who were the second seed in the Eastern Conference last year and now find themselves struggling to get in position to even make the playoffs.
Injuries have hurt the Knicks this season. They have been without Tyson Chandler for awhile and Carmelo Anthony, Raymond Felton and Metta World Peace are all game-time decisions today.
Without Anthony, the Knicks have lost their last four games and would certainly have no chance at all against the Thunder today if he does not play. But it is Christmas and that is a big deal not just in households but as far as NBA games go. Anthony may give it a go because of how special the day is.
With Anthony, you can give the Knicks an outside shot of taking down the Thunder. Without, there is no chance at all.
The Thunder had their nine-game winning streak snapped Sunday night when the Toronto Raptors handed them their first home loss of the season.
While that loss stings a little, especially since the Thunder had the lead heading into the fourth quarter, the loss isn’t much cause for concern for an OKC team that is playing as well as anyone in the NBA this season.
A banged up Knicks squad will really have their hands full trying to contain the Thunder’s offense. They will really have no chance trying to contain Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant. If the rest of the Thunder players can get going to then it will be game over quickly in New York.
The Thunder are favored by nine and a half in this one. That may be a little generous. The game will tip off at Madison Square Garden at 1:30 p.m. CST and air nationally on ABC.