New York Knicks vs Houston Rockets betting tips and predictions for Thursday’s NBA TV game. New York looks to end a 4-game losing streak as they travel to Houston to take on the Rockets. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
New York Knicks
Only 3 games separate these two opponents in the standings right now, which tells you just how bad the Knicks have been in the month of December. New York is just 1-7 SU in their last 8 games and have covered the spread only once in their last 7 overall. Kemba Walker was blamed for all the mishaps, but since he’s been out of the line-up NY is only 2-7, with him they were 10-9. Julius Randle’s play has fallen off quite a bit, but he did have 31 points in the previous game vs Golden State, so things could be on the rise. Tonight’s game against Houston could be a welcome sign, the Knicks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs the Rockets and in their last 8 visits to Toyota Center they’ve covered the spread 7 times.
Houston has been the talk of the league a lot lately after their 7-game win streak which followed after their losing streak of 15 straight. They’ve cooled off a bit since and lost 3 of their last 4 games. The Cleveland Cavaliers beat them by 35 points last night, the starters played a horrible game. Only Jaesean Tate scored 12 points, while the rest of them combined for just 13 on 4-for-22 shooting. As a team the Rockets finished shooting 38% from the field and 17% from three-point land, playing like that will simply not going to get it done. One thing that brings optimism to the Houston fans for tonight’s game is their record against the spread, they’ve covered in 5 of their last 6 games.
This is the perfect opportunity for New York to bounce back here, but I’m not ready to back them to win by 6 points here. Rockets are 7-6 ATS at Toyota Center and are 6-4 vs the Knicks in their last 10 head-to-head. Take the Rockets to cover here.
Houston Rockets – New York Knicks Predictions & Odds
Houston +5.5 Point Spread is available at -110 odds on bet365
Houston plays the fastest pace in the NBA, they average 103.5 possessions per game and rely heavily on their 3-point shooting. The thing about this team is their defense is awful, in their last 3 games they’ve allowed 121 points per game, a team even as bad as New York should be able to take advantage of that. The Knicks are scoring 105.5 points per game for the season, on the road that number goes up to 106.2 per game. The total has gone over in 7 of the last 10 meetings while the two teams are averaging 225.3 points per game. In the 3 most recent meetings the over has cashed 2 times. For the Rockets the Over has cashed 8 times in their last 11 games and in their last 4 of 5 vs the Knicks. I think we are in for a high scoring game between two teams struggling to get stops on the defensive end. Back the over.
Over 215.5 Total Points is available at -110 odds on bet365