At 8:00 ET, the Knicks (-187) will be in Houston to take on the Rockets (+154). The Knicks are favored by 4.5 points, and the over/under line is set at 220.5.
This non-conference matchup will be played at Toyota Center in Houston. The Knicks are 33-20 and have lost two straight, while the Rockets are 23-29 and have dropped four in a row.
NEW YORK KNICKS VS HOUSTON ROCKETS BETTING PICK
The Pick: New York Knicks -4.5
This game will be played at Toyota Center at 8:00 ET on Monday, February 12th.
WHY BET THE NEW YORK KNICKS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 99-94 in favor of the Knicks.
- Our projections have Jalen Brunson finishing with Jalen Brunson points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists.
- From the field, we have the Knicks finishing with a field goal percentage of 47.4% and knocking down 12 threes.
Will New York Pull Through as the Favored Road Team?
In the Knicks’ most recent game, they fell to the Pacers by a score of 125-111. New York was a 3-point underdog in this game, and the O/U line was 237.5.
For the season, the Knicks have an O/U record of 21-31-1. Today’s O/U line of 220.5 is lower than the team’s season average of 226.1. In their games this year, the average combined scoring total is 224.9.
Against the spread, the Knicks have gone 31-22 this season, but they have failed to cover in their last four games. On the road, they are 15-11 ATS compared to 16-11 ATS at home.
As the favorite, the Knicks are 25-7 this season and have gone 21-11 ATS as the favorite. They are currently favored by 4.5 points for today’s game.
In the Eastern Conference standings, the Knicks are in 4th place with a record of 33-20. Within the Atlantic Division, they are in 2nd place. New York has dropped their last two games.
When it comes to scoring, the Knicks are averaging 115 points per game, which is 15th in the NBA. On the road, they are averaging 115.8 points per game.
So far this season, the Knicks have outscored the NBA scoring average in 49.1% of their games. In terms of pace, they are 29th in the league at 96.2 possessions per game.
When it comes to three-point shooting, the Knicks are 14th in the NBA in made threes per game at 13. However, their three-point shooting percentage is just 36%.
New York’s defense has been playing well, ranking 3rd in the NBA with 109.9 points allowed per game. In their previous game, the Knicks’ defense struggled against the Pacers, giving up 125 points on a field goal percentage of 61%.
Will the Rockets Pull Through as the Home Underdog?
In their last game, the Rockets lost to the Hawks by a score of 122-113. The O/U line for that game was 240.5 points, and Houston was a 7-point underdog going into the game.
This season, the Rockets are 23-29 overall and are currently in 12th place in the Western Conference. In games against other Western Conference teams, they are 16-13 compared to 7-16 against the East.
As the underdog, the Rockets have lost four straight games ATS and are 10-25 as the underdog this season. Today, they are getting 4.5 points and have an ATS record of 16-18 as the underdog.
Houston’s O/U record for the season is 24-28, and their last two games have gone under the posted total. This year, their games have averaged 226.3 points per game.
Against the spread, the Rockets are 27-24 for the season and have covered in two straight games. At home, they are 18-9 ATS and have an average scoring differential of +6.6 points per game.
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. In terms of pace, Houston is 13th in the league.
When it comes to field goal percentage, the Rockets are 24th in the NBA at 46%. In terms of three-point shooting, they are 26th in the league at 35%. In terms of free throws attempted, Houston is 11th in the league.
So far this season, the Rockets have outscored the NBA scoring average in 40.4% of their games. In terms of assists, they are 24th in the league.
So far this season, the Rockets defense has been performing well, ranking 10th in the NBA at 112.8 points allowed per contest. When it comes to defending inside the arc, the Rockets squad is permitting opposing teams to shoot at a clip of 54.0% inside the arc, and they’re also giving up 34.3% from downtown.