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(10-7) New York Knicks vs. Houston Rockets (14-4)
Date: Saturday November 25
Time: 8:00 PM EST
Venue: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Rockets -11.5
NBA Betting Total: 220
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The Houston Rockets host an overachieving New York Knicks collective Saturday from Toyota Center.
When these teams met Nov 1, Houston prevailed 119-97 behind James Harden’s 31-point nine-assist effort. Further, from Madison Square Garden that early November night, each Rockets starter scored at least twelve points as Houston’s opening quintet outbid New York’s starting group 97-65.
During the 17-18′ renewal of this rich East-West rivalry, an emerging Rockets defense buoyed its offensive array by frustrating 22-year-old phenom Kristaps Porzingis. Porzingis (19 points) was held well below his current 27 ppg average.
Though to ensure victory, Mike D’Antoni’s men pressured New York into 19 turnovers before optimizing each gained possession via 19-made three-point attempts.
Following their deflating interconference setback, New York has amassed a 7-3 record. However, the Rockets have won nine of ten contests and sit atop the Western Conference standings.
After resolving early-season miscues, each iteration will display marked improvement Saturday evening. Although, at 5-3, Houston’s home record is in stark contradiction to a 9-1 road mark.
Moreso vs. New York Houston may be without key cogs, Eric Gordon and Ryan Anderson. Both Gordon (calf) and Anderson (Illness) remain questionable after returning to practice Friday.
Comparatively, the Knicks face Houston, in Houston after a Friday night Philips Arena tilt.
Joakim Noah (illness) will miss New York’s two-game road trip. Meanwhile, Ron Baker (shoulder) and Frank Ntilikina (illness) are listed as questionable.
New York Knicks
Sparked by a 31-10 third-quarter run, New York recently halted Toronto’s four-game unbeaten streak to earn a second-consecutive win. Versus Toronto, the Knicks’ front-line starters assailed their Raptors counterparts as Tim Hardaway Jr. added 38 points. This season, Hardaway Jr. (18 ppg, 4 rpg, 3 apg) has validated his latest free-agent contract while cementing New York’s executive decision to part with Phil Jackson.
The tandem of Porzingis and Hardaway Jr., contrariwise to Jackson’s assessments, has placed New York basketball back in firm competitive stead.
While neither among the NBA’s top offensive or pace-adjusted defensive units, the Knicks rely on sound basketball principles, ie. effective free-throw, field goal, and rebounding percentages to keep pace as the East’s #5 team.
Even at three games above .500, the budding Knicks face a stout opponent in Houston. And though Jeff Hornacek’s burgeoning collection avenged a recent loss vs. Toronto, notable competitive schism exists between Houston and any eastern team outside of Boston.
As James Harden further cements his hall of fame laurels by pacing Houston’s evolving competitive dash, the Rockets are the NBA’s hottest team. Through 18 regular season outings, Houston ranks #1 in NetRtg, 3PM, and second in a gaggle of offensive categories. However, sans Chris Paul for 14 games, the Rockets have added a credible defense to complement a lethal offense. The Rockets rank both tenth in real and pace-adjusted points allowed.
Many deem Harden, a statistical juggernaut, the quarter-season MVP. The 28-year-old leads all players in ppg, apg, ftm, and box plus-minus. Though. returning Chris Paul (23 pts) and Trevor Ariza (25 pts) stood with Harden (21 pts) Wednesday to overpower reeling Denver, 125-95. Again, on par with Houston’s efficient 125-point outburst was the team’s defense, which held the Nuggets to 40/30/65 shooting.
The only slight chink in Houston’s armor this season is a noticeable decline in play from Toyota Center. Overall, the Rockets win differential decreases -4.2 during home appearances. Further, the team’s shooting percentages drop by one or two points in front of their rabid supporters. Although, comparatively, New York is just 1-4 vs. host opponents.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Houston is 9-1 SU in its last ten contests
- New York is 7-3 SU in its last ten contests
- Houston is 5-3 SU at home this season
- New York is 1-4 SU on the road this season
Free New York Knicks vs. Houston Rockets NBA Prediction:
Houston and New York each trend in an upward direction. Although the teams’ ascents, akin to their style of play, occur at contrasted paces. Nonetheless, a competitive pushover no more, the Knicks’ upset potential must be respected. And though it must be respected, Houston shouldn’t quail in fear. Against its upstart eastern rival, Houston’s starpower will prove too much for KP and crew to overcome.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Rockets -11.5
The Houston Rockets score 113.3 ppg (2nd NBA) and allow 103.5 ppg (10th) while shooting 46% overall (13) and 35% from deep (18). The New York Knicks score 104.9 ppg (17th) and allow 103.4 ppg (9) while shooting 46% overall (9) and 35% from deep (19).
NBA Free Score Prediction: Rockets 114 – Knicks 99
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