Check out our free Rockets vs Knicks pick and preview for this NBA game in New York. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this NBA matchup.
Rockets vs Knicks NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Houston Rockets at New York Knicks
- Where: New York at Madison Square Garden
- Date: Monday, March 27th
- Betting Odds NY -12.5, HOU +555 | NY -804 O/U 230.0
The Rockets come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 18-57. So far, the team has gone 29-44-2 against the spread. Over the Rockets current 5 game losing streak, they have an average scoring differential of -16.4 points per game.
Not only did the Rockets drop their last game to the Cavaliers. But they also picked up an ATS loss, as they fell by a score of 108-91 as 14 point underdogs. Houston got off to a slow start, trailing by 17 points going into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Jalen Green, as he contributed 30 points while hitting 58.8% of his shots.
So far, the Knicks have put together an overall record of 42-33, while going 41-33-1 vs the spread. The Knicks head into today’s action in the midst of a 3 game losing streak. Their average scoring differential in these defeats is -6.0.
In their previous game, the Knicks were favored to win vs the Magic. However, their 111-106 loss gave them both a straight up and ATS defeat. New York was not able to make a comeback in this matchup, as they went into the half down by 8. Leading the team in scoring was Quentin Grimes, as he contributed 25 points while hitting 55.6% of his shots.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
In the most recent matchup between the two teams, the Knicks picked up the 108-88 win over the Rockets. The Knicks point margin of victory was enough to cover the spread as 3.5 point favorite. This has been the only matchup between the two teams this season. Last year, the Rockets saw a drop in overall scoring when playing the Knicks, averaging 101.0 points per game. While the Rockets struggled on offense in the series, the Knicks maintained their usual level of scoring at 111.0 vs Houston. Across the previous 5 meetings between the teams, the Knicks have an average scoring margin of +17 points per game, leading to an ATS mark of 4-1. Over the course of these games, they averaged 211 points per game, leading a 3-2 over-under record.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
The Rockets come into today’s game as the 29th ranked scoring offense at 110.3 points per game. Coming into today’s game, the Rockets will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 10.5 made 3’s per game. If the Houston offense is going to turn things around, not only do they need to improve their outside shooting but they must do a better job protecting the ball. Currently, they are averaging 15.7 turnovers per game.
Defensively, Houston has had its problems giving up an average of 118.2 points per game (30th).
Shooting Guard Jalen Green currently leads the Rockets at 22.1 points per game. For the season, he is 35th in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 20.2% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Green is averaging 3.8 boards and 3.6 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 21st ranked defense at defending shooting guards. Alperen Sengün enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 68 games, he is averaging 14.7 and is 69th in the league in player efficiency rating.
The Knicks come into today’s game as the 13th ranked scoring offense at 115.3 points per game. One area that the New York offense is finding success, is their ability to get to the free-throw line. So far, the team is averaging 19.7 made free-throws per contest. If the Knicks offense is going to improve, they could look to play at a faster tempo, as they currently average just 97.6 possession per game. This could benefit the team as they are currently one of the better 3-point shooting units in the NBA.
Defensively, the Knicks are one of the top performing units in the league, giving up 106.6 points per contest (6th).
Before getting a bet down on this matchup, be sure to check in on the health status of Jalen Brunson who is 2nd on the team in scoring at 23.8 points per game. At the time of this article, Brunson is listed as questionable. For the season, he is 4th on the team in usage rate and is 41st in the NBA in player efficiency rating. If he is able to play, New York benefit from having both of their top scorers as Julius Randle leads the team and is 19th in the league in scoring (25.4). For today’s matchup, he will going against a defense ranked 10th in points allowed to power-fowards.
Rockets vs Knicks Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Knicks -12.5
- Free Total Prediction: Over 230.0