The Knicks (-201) host the Rockets (+167) in a non-conference matchup. The over/under line for this game is 219.5 points at BetMGM.
This game will be played at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Knicks are favored by 5 points and are 23-17 on the season. The Rockets are 19-20 and have lost two straight games.
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The Rockets have lost their last two games and are currently 11th in the Western Conference with a record of 19-20. In the Southwest Division, they are in 3rd place.
As the underdog, the Rockets have gone 9-18 straight-up and 12-14 against the spread. They have been the underdog in 27 of their 39 games this season.
On the road, the Rockets are 4-14 for the season and 6-11 ATS. Their average scoring differential on the road is -6.7 points per game.
Houston’s O/U record for the season is 18-21, and the over has hit in their last two games. Today’s O/U line is set at 219.5, and their games have averaged 224.5 points per game.
In their last game, the Rockets lost to the 76ers by a score of 124-115. The O/U line for that game was 228.5, and Houston was getting 8 points as the underdog.
Heading into tonight’s game, the Rockets are averaging 112.7 points per game, which is 22nd in the NBA. On the road, they are scoring 111.6 points per game.
So far this season, Houston has outscored the NBA scoring average in 38.5% of their games. In terms of pace, they are 19th in the league at 98.5 possessions per game.
When it comes to three-point shooting, the Rockets are 21st in the NBA at 35%. Overall, they are 24th in field goal percentage.
So far this season, the Rockets defense has been performing well, ranking 8th in the NBA at 111.8 points allowed per contest. Houston’s defense is currently forcing 12.4 turnovers per game, which is 9th in the league. Additionally, they enter the game ranked 26th in blocked shots, with an average of 4.2 rejections per game.
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In Knicks games this season, the average combined scoring total is 226.4 points per game. Today’s O/U line is set at 219.5, and New York has hit the under in their last two games.
Looking at their ATS record, the Knicks are 23-17 for the season, including a 10-6 record at home and 13-11 on the road. As the favorite, they are 14-8 against the spread and 16-6 overall.
New York’s last game finished with a combined scoring total of 192 points, falling short of the 219.5-point O/U line. The Knicks lost the game to the Magic by a score of 98-94, going into the game as 5.5-point favorites.
Currently, the Knicks are 7th in the Eastern Conference with a record of 23-17. Against other Eastern Conference teams, they are 16-10 and 4-3 against division opponents. The team’s most recent game was against the Magic.
Despite being 12th in the NBA in road scoring, the Knicks are 23rd in the league in scoring at home this season. Overall, they are 16th in the league in scoring at 115.1 points per game.
Coming into the game, the Knicks have outscored the NBA scoring average in 52.5% of their games this season. In terms of field goal percentage, they are 23rd in the league at 46%.
When it comes to three-point shooting, the Knicks are 11th in the league in three-point shooting percentage at 37%. In terms of pace, they are 28th in the NBA at 96.7 possessions per game.
The Knicks’ defense is presently ranked 6th in the league, allowing an average of 111.3 points per contest. The New York defense has allowed opponents to shoot 36.4% from beyond the arc this season. Opposing teams are also hitting 47.3% of their field goal attempts vs. New York.
Last season, the Rockets and Knicks did not face off head-to-head. When looking back over the last three times these two teams have played, the Knicks have the leg up at 3-0. The Knicks also had the edge vs. the spread in these games, at 3-0. These games averaged a combined total of 222 points per game leading to an over/under record of 2-1. As the host vs. the Rockets, the Knicks have gone 3-0 vs the spread.
How to Bet Knicks vs. Rockets in New York
The Rockets come in as the underdog at +5, making them our top choice on the point spread. We not only expect them to cover the spread but also believe they have a strong chance of winning the game outright, especially if you’re aiming for a higher moneyline payout. As for the total, the line is currently sitting at 219.5 and our model has the Rockets and Knicks finishing with a combined 224 points. Our pick is to take the over.
- SportsBettingNY ATS Prediction: Rockets +5
- SportsBettingNY OU Prediction: Over 219.5