Knicks vs. Rockets Pick
Can the New York Knicks find a way to slow down the Houston Rockets when the two meet up today at 8PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Rockets are the clear favorite in this game, as Houston is getting odds of -10 points against the Knicks. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 222 points. Houston has won nine of the last 10 in this series and covered the spread in three of the last four against the Knicks. Houston picked up a 118-99 win at New York back on Nov. 2.
Houston is one of the hottest teams in the NBA right now, having won four straight following a 140-116 win over the Clippers at home. Houston is now 25-9 overall and 23-11 against the spread thanks to their offense, which is putting up 114.5 points per game. In this win streak, Houston has put up at least 123 points in each victory. James Harden is putting up 27.8 points, 7.9 rebounds and 11.8 assists per game this season while Eric Gordon is averaging 17.4 points per contest.
The Knicks are coming off a 104-92 loss at New Orleans last night for their third straight loss. New York is now 16-16 overall with a 19-13 mark against the spread. New York is putting up 104.9 points per game on offense this year, but the defense is allowing 107.6 points per contest. New York could be without Courtney Lee tonight, as he is questionable for the game with a wrist injury. Lee is averaging 10 points per game as a starter. Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis are combining for 42.5 points per game to lead the Knicks.
New York’s defense is not something to trust, but Houston’s offense is. Mike D’Antoni has the Rockets playing very well and they should be just fine at home against a struggling New York squad. The Knicks won’t be at full strength while the Rockets have all their top weapons, including Harden, who should have a monster night.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: HOUSTON ROCKETS -10