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(16-16) New York Knicks vs. Houston Rockets (25-9)
Date: Saturday December 31
Time: 8 PM EST
Venue: Toyota Center Houston, TX.
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Rockets -10
NBA Betting Total: 221.5
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The Knicks have hit the skids as of late, as they have lost 3 in a row and 6 of their last 8 games. Their offense has failed to crack the 100-point barrier in their last 2 games.
While the Knicks are struggling the Rockets are streaking winning 3 in a row and 4 of their last 5 games. Their offense has been lighting it up lately and in their 3-game win streak they have averaged 131.3 ppg.
In their last games the Rockets beat the L.A. Clippers 140-116 and the Knicks lost to the New Orleans Pelicans 104-92.
New York Knicks
The Knicks rank a respectable 14th in the league in points per game, but only rank 25th in opponents’ points per game.
In their loss to the Pelicans in their last game the Knicks were a cold shooting squad with a FG% of only 37.6% while the Pelicans shot 44.7% from the floor.
The Knicks did not have a good 3-pt shooting night and they also committed 14 turnovers.
3 players for the Knicks scored at least 20 points in the game, but Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose, and Kristaps Porzingis all failed to shoot at least 50% from the field. Anthony and Porzingis also combined for 25 boards in the loss.
Anthony and Porzingis are each averaging over 20 ppg, but they have been inconsistent lately and that has hurt them on the offensive end of the floor.
The Knicks are only 4-15 ATS in their last 19 games against the Rockets.
The Knicks are only 5-11 on the road this season.
The Rockets rank 2nd in the league in points per game, but only 24th in opponents’ points per game.
While the Houston defense has been nothing to write home about this season they are putting up a ton of points so it has not hurt them. Houston is in the 3rd spot in the tough Western Conference and they have won 8 of their last 10 games.
In their blowout win over the Clippers in their last game the Rockets shot a scorching 55.6% from the floor and the Clippers shot 46.9%. Houston put the game away in the 4th quarter when they outscored the Clip Joint by 16 points.
While the Rockets did crush the Clippers in their last game L.A. was without stars Blake Griffin and Chris Paul, who are both injured.
James Harden continued his MVP push with a triple-double in the Clippers game going for 30 points, 13 boards, and 10 assists. He ranks 1st in the NBA in assists per game and 4th in ppg.
3 starters went for at last 15 points in the win over L.A. and PF Montrezl Harrell was huge coming off the bench to score 29 points, which is more than 20 his season average.
Harden leads a Rockets’ team that has 5 players that are averaging at least 11 ppg.
The Rockets are 12-3 at home this season.
NBA Betting Trends:
- NY is 13-3 ATS in their last 16 games following a ATS loss.
- NY is 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games.
- NY is 14-6 ATS in their last 20 games overall.
- HOU is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games.
- HOU is 20-8 ATS in their last 28 games overall.
- HOU is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
Free New York Knicks vs. Houston Rockets NBA Prediction:
Houston has been en fuego as of late and at home and lighting it up the will do just that to the Knicks and win and cover.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Rockets -10
NBA Free Score Prediction: Rockets 121 – Knicks 109
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