The New York Knicks (33-20) travel to face off against the Houston Rockets (23-29) on Monday, February 12th. This game will be played at Toyota Center in Houston and televised on Spac. Both the Knicks and Rockets will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Tip off is scheduled for 8:00 ET.
Knicks vs Rockets
The Knicks Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
New York’s most recently played the Pacers and lost with a final score of 125-111. The Knicks managed to secure te win, even though they were behind at halftime 61-58.
As of today, the Knicks are 33-20 overall and have gone 1-2 in their last three games. When playing at home, the Knicks are 19-8 compared to 14-12 on the road.
For this season, New York has an ATS record of 31-22, along with an ongoing four game losing streak against the spread. New York has gone 21-11 against the spread this season when they are the favorites, and they are 10-11 when playing as underdogs.
The Rockets Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
The Rockets is coming off a loss to the Hawks in their latest game, ending with a score of 122-113. The Rockets picked up the win despite trailing going into halftime 57-49.
On the road, the Rockets have gone 5-20 this season while going 18-9 at home. Overall, the Rockets are 23-29 and are looking to snap a four game losing streak as they take on the Knicks.
Currently, Houston holds an above .500 ATS record of 27-24 so far this year. This season, Houston has a 11-6 record against the spread when they are the favorites, and they are 16-18 as underdogs.
Knicks Offense Breakdown
New York has recorded an average of 115 points per game (15th) throughout 53 games games.
On the road this season, the Knicks’ offense has been slightly better than their overall average, scoring 115.8 points per game compared to 115 overall (15th). In terms of pace, New York is 29th in the NBA (96.2). They are 21st in field goal percentage (46%) and 18th in true shooting percentage.
When it comes to three-point shooting, the Knicks are 13th in attempts (35.3) but just 15th in three-point shooting percentage (36%). In terms of free throws, New York is 12th in attempts (23.3) and 11th in makes (18.4).
So far this season, the Knicks have scored below the NBA scoring average in 50.9% of their games. They are 3rd in offensive rebounds (12.5) but just 29th in assists (23.9).
Rockets Offense Breakdown
Houston has recorded an average of 113.5 points per game (21st) throughout 52 games games.
At home, the Rockets are averaging 115.6 points per game, which is 17th in the NBA. Overall, they are 21st in scoring at 113.5 points per game.
When it comes to pace, Houston is 13th in the league at 99.4 possessions per game. In terms of field goal percentage, they are 24th at 46%.
So far this season, the Rockets have made 12.1 three-pointers per game, which is 20th in the NBA. Additionally, they are 14th in free throws made at 18.1 per game.
Knicks Team Defense
New York’s defense has been playing well, ranking 3rd in the NBA with 109.9 points allowed per game. When it comes to forced turnovers, the Knicks are forcing 12.3 per game, which is 10th in the league. They also come into the game sitting 28th in blocked shots at 3.9 per game.
Rockets Team Defense
In the current season, the Rockets defense has excelled, sitting 10th in the NBA by allowing 112.8 points per game. In terms of two point field goal attempts, the Rockets defense has allowed a shooting percentage of 54.0% while allowing 34.3% from downtown.
Key Players For The Knicks And Rockets
The outlook for today’s matchup points to Jalen Brunson as the primary point contributor for the Knicks, finishing with 27 points while maintaining a 10/20 shooting accuracy. During this season, he is delivering an average of 27.5 points per game, along with 3.9 rebounds.
On the flip side, our predictions place Alperen Sengün as the leading scorer for the Rockets. We expect him to conclude the game with a team-high 19 while also collecting 10 rebounds. This season, he is shooting at a field goal percentage of 54.1%, and his scoring average is 21.3 points per game.
Knicks vs Rockets Trends
- Across their last three road contests, New York has been good against the spread posting a mark of 3-0. Their overall mark in these games was 3-0, while averaging 109 points per game.
- In their last ten games at home, the Rockets have a straight up record of 2-8 while going 3-7 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 111 points per game in these contests.
- Going back to their last five games as the underdog, the Rockets have a straight up record of 1-4. But, their mark vs the spread was just 2-3.
- The last ten games that New York was favored, they have an ATS mark of 7-3 while going 9-1 straight up.
Our bet is on the Knicks for a win, and we project the score to be 99-94. Additionally, we expect them to cover the spread, so our recommendation is to wager on the Knicks with the spread at -4.5.
As for the over/under, the the line is currently at 220.5, and our model projects the Knicks and Rockets to reach a combined total of 193 points. Our bet is on taking the under.
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