The Houston Rockets (19-20) travel to face off against the New York Knicks (23-17) on Wednesday, January 17th. This game will be played at Madison Square Garden in New York and televised on MSG. Both the Rockets and Knicks will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Tip off is scheduled for 7:30 ET.
Rockets vs Knicks
The Rockets Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
The Rockets will look to bounce back from a defeat in their last game, losing to the 76ers with a final score of 124-115. Alonside their straight-up loss, the Rockets failed to cover the spread as +8 point underdogs. The over/under line for this matchup was set at 228.5 points, and the teams managed to exceed that total.
With a win over the Knicks, the Rockets would even out their record at .500. Currently, the Rockets are 19-20 overall this season. When playing on the road, the Rockets are 4-14 compared to their 15-6 record at home.
Against the spread, Houston are currently above .500, at 21-17 ATS. On the road, the Rockets have an ATS record of 6-11, as opposed to a 15-6 record against the spread when playing at home.
The Knicks Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
In their most recent game, the Knicks fell to the Magic by a score of 98-94. Besides losing the game outright, the Knicks also fell short against the spread, failing to cover as -5.5 point favorites. As for the over/under, the combined score of 192 points didn’t reach the over/under line of 219.5.
Coming into today’s matchup against the Rockets, the Knicks are above .500 at 23-17. In their 40 games, the Knicks have gone 16-10 against other Eastern Conference teams and are 7-7 in non-conference play.
Presently, New York boasts an ATS record of 23-17, which is above .500 against the spread. The Knicks currently have a two game ATS win streak as the underdog and are 14-8 vs. the spread as the favorite.
Rockets Offense Breakdown
The Rockets come into today’s game as the 22nd ranked scoring offense at 112.7 points per game.
So far this season, the Rockets have struggled to score, averaging just 112.7 points per game, which is 22nd in the NBA. On the road, they are averaging 111.6 points per game.
When it comes to three-point shooting, Houston is 21st in the league at 35% from beyond the arc. Overall, they are 24th in field goal percentage.
When it comes to pace, the Rockets are 19th in the NBA, averaging 98.5 possessions per game. In terms of assists, they are 25th in the league.
Knicks Offense Breakdown
Through 40 games games, New York is averaging 115.1 points per game (16th).
At home this season, the Knicks are averaging 113.4 points per game, which is 23rd in the NBA. Overall, they are 16th in scoring at 115.1 points per game.
When it comes to three-point shooting, New York is 11th in the league at 37%. They are making an average of 13.2 threes per game (10th).
So far, the Knicks have outscored the NBA scoring average in 52.5% of their games. In terms of assists, they are 28th in the league with 24 per game.
Rockets Team Defense
This season, the Rockets defense has been impressive, holding the 8th position in the league while permitting an average of 111.8 points per contest. Houston struggled on the boards in their last game vs. the 76ers, giving up 16. For the game, Philadelphia scored 124 points in the game.
Knicks Team Defense
Not only do the Knicks’ overall defensive numbers look good, as they are 6th in the league in points allowed. New York has also been playing well on defense of late, ranking 6th in the league over their last three games at 106.7 PPG allowed. When it comes to forced turnovers, the Knicks are forcing 12.8 per game, which is 13th in the league. They also come into the game sitting 28th in blocked shots at 3.6 per game.
Key Players For The Rockets And Knicks
Our game forecasts for today suggest that Jalen Green is set to be the main scorer for the Rockets, recording 18 points and shooting 6/15 from the field. During this season, he is delivering an average of 17.4 points per game, along with 4.6 rebounds.
On the other side, Jalen Brunson is our projected leading scorer for the Knicks. We have him ending the game with a team-high 25 and grabbing 4 rebounds. For the season, he has a field goal percentage of 46.9% and is averaging 25.8 points per contest.
Rockets vs Knicks Trends
- Through their last ten road games, Houston has an ATS record of just 3-7. However, their overall record was 4-6 while averaging 114 points per game.
- When looking at their past ten home matchups, New York has an ATS record of 5-5 while averaging 119 per game. The team went 5-5 overall in these games.
- The last five games that Houston was the underdog, they have an ATS mark of 1-4 while going 1-4 straight up.
- As the betting favorite, the Knicks have an ATS mark of just 6-4 in their last ten games. New York posted a straight up mark of 6-4 in these matchups.
As the underdogs with a spread of +5, we recommend going with the Rockets on the point spread. We not only see them covering the spread but also have a strong likelihood of winning this one outright, especially if you’re seeking a higher payout on the moneyline.
Regarding the over/under, the current line is set at 219.5, and our model predicts the Rockets and Knicks to score a combined 224 points. We recommend betting on the over.
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