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(5-3) Houston Rockets vs. New York Knicks (3-3)
Date: Wednesday, November 1
Time: 7:30PM EST
Venue: Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Rockets -5
NBA Betting Total: 212
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The streaking New York Knicks host a stalled Houston Rockets squad Wednesday, November 1 in an East meets West rivalry.
Following a cold start, New York has gained three-consecutive wins opposite Brooklyn, Cleveland, and most recently, Denver. On the other end of the competitive spectrum, touted Houston has lost two straight after an attention-grabbing 5-1 start.
This contest delivers intrigue as underdog New York owns both momentum and home-court advantage.
With Chris Paul sidelined, Houston again leans upon MVP runner-up James Harden for viability. Unfortunately, throughout a two-game skid, Harden’s FG and 3 PT% has dropped to subpar 35/31 levels as the 6’7 guard’s turnovers have reached five per game. During Houston’s recent 114-107 Oct 30 loss vs. Philadelphia, Harden shot just 8-of-21 overall while committing seven turnovers.
Although a collective defensive lapse from the Rockets, which saw Philadelphia net 55% FG shooting, presented greater cause for concern. Further, the Sixers bench outscored an overmatched Houston reserve-collective 40-23.
Now at 5-3, Mike D’Antoni’s bunch held no answer for prized-rookie Ben Simmons (24 points, 7 rebounds, 9 assists) or Joel Embiid (22 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists).
Amid the chaos, an interesting discrepancy has emerged for Houston’s home and road win totals: the Rockets are 4-1 away from Toyota Center while just 1-2 within its confines. While averages and wonky statistics seem to even out during the season, this major radar blip is worth mention.
Another numerical marker trending downward for Houston is its ho-hum #16-ranked ppg. Long noted as an innovative offensive juggernaut, naturally teams have mimicked the D’Antoni playbook, and the originator is now chasing a slew of reconfigured run-and-gun style units. Though, Houston scores at a +4.7 clip vs. host opponents; so, to begin November, expect a prime effort from last season’s third-best regular season squad.
New York Knicks
Regarding New York’s season, what seemed lost is found. After early miscues which led to grumbles within the heart of NYC, Kristaps Porzingis and supporting-cast standouts Enes Kanter, Tim Hardaway Jr., and Courtney Lee have sparked an unexpected resurgence.
Over a three-game unbeaten run, New York ranks among the league’s elite in both offensive and defensive efficiency, and Porzingis (33.3 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.7 blocks, 51/38/92 shooting) has set himself apart.
Another factor in New York’s rise is the quality play of Jarrett Jack and rookie Frank Ntilikina coupled with plus/minus millstone Ramon Sessions’ (-45) benching.
The Knicks’ improved floor-generalship has allowed Porzingis and Hardaway Jr. to shine. Though against road-proven Houston, upstart New York will require a steady handle and All-Star level play from Porzingis.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Houston is 9-1 vs. New York SU in the teams’ last ten meetings
- Houston is 4-1 on the road SU this season
- New York has won three-consecutive contests SU
- New York is 3-3 ATS this season
Free Houston Rockets vs. New York Knicks NBA Prediction:
Trends aside, Houston not only sports a sizable experience edge, but also a matchup advantage from the wings and in the paint. During last spring’s playoffs, Mike D’Antoni’s intricate pick-and-roll sets rendered then-OKC cog Enes Kanter unplayable. More so, Tim Hardaway Jr. is noted for defensive struggles –something Eric Gordon and Trevor Ariza will seek to exploit.
If New York cedes its usual 40% three-point shooting vs. Houston’s perimeter onslaught, the Rockets will enjoy a fifth road win since opening night. Though, on a winning binge and from home, the Knicks are primed for an upset.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Rockets: -5
Experience, and James Harden, should pose slight growing pains via abolishing New York’s recent unbeaten run in this ESPN-televised encounter.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Houston 111 – Knicks 103
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