At Madison Square Garden, the New York Knicks (-201) are 5-point favorites over the Houston Rockets (+167). The over/under line for the game is 219.5 points.

Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 ET and the game will be televised on MSG. The Rockets are 11th in the Western Conference and have lost two straight games. The Knicks are 7th in the East.


The Pick: Houston Rockets +5

This game will be played at Madison Square Garden at 7:30 ET on Wednesday, January 17th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 114-110 in favor of the Rockets.
  • Our projections have Jalen Green finishing with Jalen Green points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists.
  • From the field, we have the Rockets finishing with a field goal percentage of 44.6% and knocking down 12 threes.

Can Houston Pull Off A Win at Madison Square Garden?

Houston has lost their last two games and are 19-20 on the season. In the Western Conference, they are in 11th place and are 3rd in the Southwest Division.

As the underdog, the Rockets are 9-18 straight-up and 12-14 against the spread. They have been the underdog in 27 of their 39 games this season.

This season, Houston is 6-11 ATS on the road and 4-14 straight-up. Their average scoring differential on the road is -6.7 points per game.

The Rockets’ O/U record for the season is 18-21, and the over has hit in their last two games. On average, their games have finished with 224.5 points.

In their most recent game, the Rockets lost to the 76ers by a score of 124-115. They were 8-point underdogs going into the game and are now 21-17 ATS for the season.

So far this season, the Rockets have been below the NBA scoring average in 61.5% of their games. Overall, they are 22nd in scoring at 112.7 points per game. When playing on the road, they are averaging 111.6 points per game.

When it comes to shooting, Houston is 24th in field goal percentage at 46%. They are also 21st in two-point shooting at 52%. From beyond the arc, the Rockets are 19th in three-point shooting at 35%.

When it comes to getting to the free-throw line, Houston is 11th in attempts at 23.9 per game. So far, they have made an average of 18.6 free throws per game.

On the road, the Rockets’ have struggled this season, giving up 118.2 points per game compared to their season average of 111.8 PPG allowed. For the season, their defense is 8th in the league. So far this season, the Rockets’ defense has struggled with fouls, averaging 3rd in fouls per contest. On average, opponents are getting to the line 26.7 times per game vs. Houston.

Is A Home Victory Likely for Favored New York?

In their last game, the Knicks lost to the Magic by a score of 98-94. The O/U line for that game was also 219.5, and New York was favored by 5.5 points going into the game.

For the season, the Knicks are 23-17 and are currently in 7th place in the Eastern Conference. In games against other Eastern Conference teams, they are 16-10 and 4-3 against division opponents.

As the favorite this season, the Knicks have a record of 16-6 and are favored by 5 points today. Their ATS record as the favorite is 14-8, with an average scoring margin of +9.8 points per game.

New York’s O/U record for the season is 18-21-1, and the under has hit in their last two games. On average, their games have finished with 226.4 points, and today’s line is set at 219.5.

At home, the Knicks have an average scoring margin of +7.2 points per game. Their overall ATS record at home is 10-6 and 13-11 on the road. In the Eastern Conference, their ATS record is 23-17.

When playing at home, the Knicks are averaging 113.4 points per game, which is 23rd in the league. Overall, they are 16th in scoring at 115.1 points per game. In terms of three-point shooting, they are hitting 37% of their attempts, which is 11th in the NBA.

So far this season, the Knicks have outscored the NBA scoring average in 52.5% of their games. They are 23rd in field goal percentage at 46%. In terms of pace, they are 28th in the league at 96.7 possessions per game.

New York is 10th in free throw attempts per game at 24.4. When it comes to assists, they are 28th in the league with an average of 24 per game. In terms of two-point shooting, they are 24th in the league at 52%.

This season, the Knicks’ defense is the 6th ranked defense in the NBA at 6th PPG. So far, they have held opposing offenses below the NBA scoring average in 62.5% of their games. In terms of two point field goal attempts, the Knicks defense has allowed a shooting percentage of 54.6% while allowing 36.4% from downtown.