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New York Knicks vs Houston Rockets Odds
The NBA betting slate features a clash between Houston and New York on Friday, with the host Rockets trying to win for fans supporting them with their cheers and their money.
Houston battles the Knicks, currently with a 8-2 mark (8-2 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 6-6 for the Rockets and 4-5-1 for the Knicks. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).
For bettors going with the Rockets in this one, they were listed earlier as 3-point underdogs on the betting line at Bovada. Totals bettors have seen that number set at 197.5 for Monday at shops such as 5Dimes.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Rockets at No. 11 and the Knicks at No. 2 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 108-97 result in favor of the Knicks.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Houston's No. 12-ranked offense, averaging 98.8 PPG, against a Knicks defense that ranks No. 3 at 91.4 PPG. The Rockets field goal percentage has averaged 42.3% so far, less than the Knicks shooters have achieved on the year, 45.7% per game.
In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Knicks own the league's No. 9-rated mark, allowing 96 points per game when playing on the road. Houston, on the other hand, rates No. 22 in scoring on their home court.
New York lost its last outing, a 114-111 result against the Mavericks on November 21. The Knicks failed to cover in that game as a 3.5-point favorite, while the 225 combined points took the game OVER the total. Carmelo Anthony scored 23 points in a failed effort to lead the Knicks to victory (they lost 114-111 to Dallas at American Airlines Center on Wednesday).
Houston won its last outing, a 93-89 result against the Bulls on November 21. The Rockets covered in that game as a 1-point favorite, while the 182 combined points took the game UNDER the total. James Harden went off for 28 points and added 4 rebounds leading Houston over Chicago, 93-89, on Wednesday at Toyota Center.
New York Knicks Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Detroit are 2-8
After playing Dallas are 4-6
After a loss are 8-2
Houston Rockets Trends:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing Toronto are 6-4
After playing Chicago are 5-5
After a win are 4-6
A few Knicks at Rockets trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of New York's last 7 games when playing Houston
New York is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of New York's last 5 games when playing on the road against Houston
The total has gone OVER in 6 of New York's last 8 games on the road
Houston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing New York
Houston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against New York
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Houston's last 7 games when playing New York
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games when playing at home against New York
New York home to Detroit, Sunday, November 25
Houston home to Toronto, Tuesday, November 27