Online NBA Betting Pumped for OKC’s 2017 DebutPosted by: Anthony Yaylor
The 2017 online NBA betting season is officially underway. So far this year, we’ve seen a player brutally snap their ankle, the Houston Rockets upset the Golden State Warriors, and the Boston Celtics getting off to an 0-2 start this season – despite the addition of Kyrie Irving this past offseason. It’s been a surprising start but the action is just getting started.
This Thursday, players betting basketball online can wager on a total of 3 different matchups; the Bulls taking on the Raptors, the Knicks at the Thunder, or a classic like Clippers vs. Lakers. Considering how big of a star Lonzo Ball is, the Lakers game certainly seems appealing. However, considering the offseason moves that Oklahoma made, in addition to the fact that they wield the reigning MVP, the New York-Oklahoma City matchup takes precedent. Let’s take a look at what NBA betting sites are predicting will go down in OKC’s 2017 debut.
New York Knicks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder – Thursday, October 19th
When: 8:00 pm ET
Where: Chesapeake energy Arena, Oklahoma City
Stream: TNT Drama, NBA TV
Online NBA Betting Lines:
New York Knicks +12 (-110) 213 ½ (-110) +575
Oklahoma City Thunder -12 (-110) 213 ½ (-110) -850
New York Knicks
The Knicks are coming off a 31-51 record that marked the franchise’s 4th straight losing season. In fact, due to the pitiful play that New York was delivering on the court week in and week out, the biggest story regarding the Knicks last season involved not the actual players but rather the management. Specifically, Phil Jackson, who was heavily criticized for going after players that would fit his play style – a style online NBA betting pundits unilaterally agreed was out of date, instead of going for the best possible player. In the end, it felt like Jackson was more preoccupied with being a diva rather than being a constructive member of a professional basketball team. This past June, after Jackson decided to draft Frank Ntilikina and Damyean Dotson, the Knicks decided enough was enough and showed Jackson the door.
This dilemma, coupled with the struggles the team has endured in recent years, leads all NBA bookmakers to classify New York as a rebuilding franchise and Thursday nights’ odds reflect this to a tee. The Knicks will likely get demolished tonight as Russell Westbrook will be looking to make an impactful return to the NBA.
Oklahoma City Thunder
The Thunder are coming off a 47-35 season that can best be described as Russell Westbrook’s revenge tour on the NBA for Kevin Durant deserting him in OKC. Westbrook would take his anger on the NBA by delivering a total of 42 triple-doubles, beating the previous record set by Oscar Robertson way back when, on his way to his first MVP nod. Once in the playoffs, the Thunder fell short against the Houston Rockets 4 games to 1 in the first round. Clearly Westbrook can get this team to the playoffs by his lonesome. But once there, he might need some help making a legitimate title run.
Luckily for Westbrook, the organization went out and got him a superstar this past offseason: Carmelo Anthony. Melo is a star in his own right but is often criticized for his lack of defensive play. But with Westbrook and the newly acquired veteran Paul George locking down the backcourt, Anthony can focus all his energy on scoring some points. This makes for an electrifying dynamic to say the least.