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Knicks vs Rockets NBA Pick & Preview

  • Sport: NBA
  • Teams: New York Knicks at Houston Rockets
  • Where: Houston at Toyota Center
  • Date: Saturday, December 31st
  • Betting Odds HOU +5, NY -210 | HOU +170 O/U OFF

The Knicks come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 18-18. So far, the team has gone 18-17-1 against the spread. New York will take the court having lost 5 straight games. The team has an average scoring margin of -5.4 in these matchups.

The Knicks are coming off a disappointing 122-115 loss to the Spurs. Going into the game, they were favored to win by 4 points. New York got off to a slow start, trailing by 11 points going into halftime. In the loss, Julius Randle led the team in scoring with 41 points on a field goal percentage of 51.9%.

So far, the Rockets have put together an overall record of 10-25, while going 15-18-2 vs the spread. Today, the Rockets will be looking to snap a 2 game losing streak. The team has lost these games by an average of -19.5 points per contest.

Houston is trying to bounce back from a 129-114 loss to the Mavericks. Going into this game, the team was 10 point underdogs on the spread, giving them an ATS loss. Houston struggled throughout the game, as they were not able to chip home at a 14 point halftime deficit. In the loss, Jalen Green led the team in scoring with 23 points on a field goal percentage of 46.7%.

Head To Head Recap & Stats

This season, the Knicks will look to continue their strong play over Houston, as they won both of last year’s matchups. New York won game 1 of the series by a score of 116-106, and wrapped up the head-to-head meetings with a 106-99 victory. Similar to their season-long average, the Knicks averaged 111.0 points per game vs the Rockets. While the Knicks were able to maintain their usual level of production against Houston, the Rockets averaged fewer points per game in the series, at 101.0. The ATS record across the previous 5 head-to-head meetings is 4-1 in favor of the Knicks. In these matchups, New York has averaged 118 points per game, while allowing 104. In these matchups, the teams have put together an over-under mark of 4-1. Combined, they averaged 222 points in these games.

Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game

Through 36 games, New York is averaging 114.6 points per game (13th). So far, the Knicks are averaging 98.9 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. Not only does the team’s offense play at a slower pace, but they their overall lack of efficiency has them ranked 18th in made field goals per game.

On the defensive end of the floor, the Knicks are giving up an average of 106.6 points per game, good for 6th in the NBA.

A key injury to note in this game is the absence of the Knicks 2nd leading scorer, RJ Barrett. In his 35 games, Barrett is averaging 19.7 points per game while dishing out 3.0 assists and grabbing 5.5 rebounds. In his absence, the team will be looking for even more production out of Julius Randle, who leads the team and is 22nd in the NBA at 23.8 points per contest. For the season, he has connected on 47.0% of his field goal attempts while taking 18.9% of the team’s shots from the floor.

Through 35 games, the Rockets are averaging 110.0 points per contest, placing them 27th in the NBA. So far, the Rockets are averaging 99.1 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. Not only is the team one of the more deliberate units in the NBA, they have yet to find their shooting stroke, ranking just 30th in the league in field goal percentage 44.5%.

On defense, the Rockets will look for some improved play, as they are currently the 30th ranked unit in points allowed per game.

On offense, Jalen Green leads the Rockets in scoring at 21.6 points per game, placing him 37th in the NBA. Overall, Green has hit 41.9% of his shots while accounting for 19.8% of the team’s looks from the field. In today’s game, he will be working against a defensive unit that is 28th in points allowed to shooting guards. At 19.3 points per game, Kevin Porter Jr. is the 2nd leading scorer for the Rockets. For the season, he is 149th in the league in player efficiency rating, while posting a field goal percentage of 43.0%.

Knicks vs Rockets Pick

  • Free Spread Prediction: Rockets +5
  • Free Total Prediction: Under OFF

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