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2021 NBA Handicapping
(12-16) New York Knicks vs. Houston Rockets (9-19)
Date: Thursday, December 16th, 2021
Time: 8:00 PM EST
Venue: Toyota Center, Houston, TX
NBA Moneyline Odds: Knicks -190 | Rockets +165 (Bet Now!)
NBA Betting Odds: Knicks -4.5 / Rockets +4.5
NBA Betting Total: 214
The New York Knicks will be on the road to take on the Houston Rockets on Thursday, December 16th.
The tip-off is set for 8:00 ET from Toyota Center.
New York opened up as a 4.5 point favorite and that number has really not changed. The total has gone from 216 to 214.
New York Knicks
The Knicks have not been playing well at all as of late and it seems like they are spiraling out of control. They desperately need to get a win on Thursday.
This team has lost four games in a row. If they are not careful, they will not be able to dig themselves back to even sniffing the playoffs.
I heard a lot about how this team would be even better than they were a year ago, but I never bought that. They lost some key defenders and we knew their defense would be worse this year and defending is the calling card of this team under their new head coach.
This team simply does not have the players to win a championship. When Julius Randle is your best player, you are not going that far. He is a good number 3 or 4, but he sure as hell is not a 1.
New York lost to the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday by a score of 105-96. Not only did they not win the ball game, but they also allowed Steph Curry to break the three-point record on their home court. It seems like other teams and players get more attention playing at MSG than the Knicks do.
I actually did not mind the way this team played defense against the Warriors. With that said, it is hard to win games when you score under 100 points. The offense for this team has to get better or they will not go anywhere.
The Rockets have certainly had their struggles this year, but it has not been all bad. I do feel there is at least some optimism in their future.
Right now, this club has a record of 9-19, which puts them in 13th place in the Western Conference. The only teams that are below them are the Thunder and the Pelicans.
I still feel like they need to get a true star player and some complementary pieces to be relevant, but they do have some talent. A lot of the players on their roster are still very young and it will take time for them to develop.
Houston lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday by a score of 124-89. I get that the Cavs are the better team, but those sorts of losses are unacceptable.
They are going to have to flush their last loss and move on to the second night of a back-to-back.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Knicks are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games.
- The Knicks are 1-7 SU in their last 8 games.
- The Rockets are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games.
- The Rockets are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games at home.
New York Knicks vs. Houston Rockets NBA Analysis:
It is hard to imagine, but the Rockets have been playing better than the Knicks as of late. If you are in New York, you should be ashamed.
For me, I am interested to see how Houston plays after playing on Wednesday. I know one thing, it is going to be hard for them to play any worse.
If you are the Knicks, you need to figure out a way to win on the road. At this point in your season, there are no excuses.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Rockets ATS
Not only have the Knicks not been winning a lot of games, but they also have not been covering a lot of spreads. I would not be shocked if that trend continues on Thursday.
In this game, the 4.5 is just too high for me to lay with the Knicks. Yes, I do have confidence in Houston, but I am also lacking a lot of confidence in New York.
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