Book: Thunder so good, Knicks' Melo doesn't matter

Mar 7, 2013 |
New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony will not suit up for Thursday’s home date with the Oklahoma City Thunder. But bettors have already made up their minds when it comes to Thursday’s spread.

Some books opened New York as a 4.5-point underdog and instantly took money on Oklahoma City, pumping the spread up to OKC -7. According to online sportsbook more than 93 percent of spread wagers are on the Thunder, and Anthony’s status has little to do with that trend.

“I don't think there is any (impact on the spread), Michael Stewart, an oddsmaker for, told Covers of Anthony’s potential absence. “The Thunder are so good right now I don't really think it matters (if he plays).”

Anthony sat out New York’s 87-77 win over the Detroit Pistons Wednesday with a sore right knee. Knicks head coach Mike Woodson told reporters that Anthony has “some fluid buildup, which is causing the stiffness”. New York is 4-4 SU, 3-4-1 ATS and 3-5 over/under in its eight games without Anthony this season.

Stewart, who says Anthony usually sits in the two to 3-point range as far as worth to the spread, doesn’t expect New York bettors to come in once his status is updated.

“Honestly, I don't think it matters,” he says. “If they were waiting for Melo, they would be betting the Knicks at +6.5.”

New York heads into Thursday winner of five of its last six games, posting a 3-3 ATS mark. Oklahoma City has won five of its last six outings, going 5-1 ATS.

The total for Thursday’s game is set at 206.5 points.

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