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New York Knicks Aim to Extend Houston Rockets' Losing Streak with Road Victory

In this interconference matchup in Texas, two teams are vying for a win. New York recently lost to Indiana at home with a score of 125-111, failing to cover the three-point underdog line. Houston, on the other hand, faced the Hawks in a back-to-back game and lost 122-113, also failing to cover the seven-point underdog line. The Knicks have had the upper hand in the all-time regular season series, with a 78-74 advantage and winning the last eight meetings, including a 109-94 home victory in their first matchup this season. Currently, New York is the favored team with a -4.5 opening line, which has not changed.

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  • Moneyline: Knicks -190 | Rockets +158
  • Spread: Knicks -4.5 (-110) | Rockets +4.5 (-110)
  • Total: Over/Under 221.5 (-110)
  • Based on the moneyline, the implied probability that New York will win straight-up is 66%.

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New York Knicks

The New York Knicks suffered their second straight loss and their third in the last four games as they were defeated by the Indiana Pacers at home on Saturday night. With this loss, the Knicks now have a record of 33-20 on the season and currently stand in second place in the Atlantic Division, trailing the Boston Celtics by 7.5 games for the top spot. In the Eastern Conference, they are in fourth place, also 7.5 games behind the Celtics, but have a four-game lead over the Orlando Magic to secure a guaranteed playoff spot.

During the game against the Pacers, the Knicks held a one-point lead after the first quarter but fell behind by three points at halftime. The second half did not go in their favor as the Pacers outscored them 64-53, resulting in a loss. A last-second three-pointer at the end of the third quarter extended the Pacers' lead to nine points and the Knicks could not recover from that deficit. Notably, the Knicks shot 47.6% from the field, including 10 of 32 from three-point range, while allowing the Pacers to shoot 61% in the game. Jalen Brunson had an impressive performance for the Knicks, scoring 39 points in the loss.

In terms of overall season statistics, the Knicks rank 15th in the league in scoring offense, averaging 115 points per game. They excel in rebounding, ranking fourth in the league with 46 rebounds per game. However, they struggle in assists, ranking 29th in the league with an average of 23.9 per game. Defensively, the Knicks perform well, ranking third in scoring defense by allowing only 109.9 points per game. Their top two scoring options for the season are Jalen Brunson and Julius Randle.

Several players contribute significantly to the Knicks' performance, including OG Anunoby, Bojan Bogdanovic, Alec Burks, Donte DiVincenzo, Isaiah Hartenstein, Mitchell Robinson, Precious Achiuwa, and Josh Hart, under the coaching of Tom Thibodeau. The Knicks shoot 46.8% from the field as a team, ranking 21st in the league, and make an average of 13 three-pointers per game, ranking 14th in the league with a shooting percentage of 36.9% from beyond the arc. Unfortunately, Mitchell Robinson is expected to be out for

Houston Rockets Analysis

The Houston Rockets suffered their fourth consecutive loss when they were defeated by the Atlanta Hawks on the road in a back-to-back game on Saturday night. With a current record of 23-29, the Rockets are placed third in the Southwest Division, trailing 7.5 games behind the first place New Orleans Pelicans. In the Western Conference, they sit at 12th place, 12 games behind the top-seeded Minnesota Timberwolves and 6.5 games behind the Phoenix Suns, who hold the final guaranteed spot. The team is also three games behind the Golden State Warriors for the last spot in the play-in tournament.

Despite a strong start against Atlanta, where they held a 12-point lead after the first quarter, Houston struggled in the later stages of the game. They were within one point with 1:31 remaining in the first half but conceded a 14-0 run over the next 2 minutes and 40 seconds, resulting in a deficit of 64-49 with 10:51 left in the third quarter. The Rockets managed to narrow the gap to four points with 3:20 remaining but ultimately fell short, leading to their defeat. They shot 44% from the field and made 13 of their 43 three-point attempts. Despite dominating the boards with a 58-41 advantage, they turned the ball over 17 times. Jalen Green led the Rockets with an impressive performance of 26 points, 14 rebounds, and 10 assists in the losing effort.

Currently ranked 21st in the league, the Rockets have been averaging 113.5 points per game this season. They excel in rebounding, ranking fifth with an average of 45.6 boards per game, but struggle in assists, ranking 24th with 25 per game. Defensively, they hold the 10th spot by conceding an average of 112.8 points per game. Alperen Sengun leads the team in scoring with 21.3 points, 9.3 rebounds, and five assists per game. Other notable contributors are Jalen Green, Fred VanVleet, Dillon Brooks, and Jabari Smith Jr. To find success, the Rockets will also rely on the contributions of Amen Thompson, Cam Whitmore, Tari Eason, Jeff Green, Jae'Sean Tate, Reggie Bullock, Jock Landale, and Aaron Holiday.

In terms of shooting percentages, Houston ranks 24th in

New York Knicks Look to Extend Houston Rockets' Losing Streak in Road Victory

Both teams have encountered recent challenges, as the New York Knicks have dropped three of their last four games, and the Houston Rockets have lost four consecutive games. Additionally, Houston's schedule has been particularly demanding, playing their third game in four nights following road games in Toronto and Atlanta on Friday and Saturday. Despite their solid home record this season, with an 18-9 mark, the Rockets face the predicament of an improved Knicks team thanks to their acquisitions before the trade deadline. Consequently, the Knicks now possess a more formidable roster, particularly in terms of shooting. Moreover, when Randle and Anunoby return after the All-Star break, New York's rotational depth will strengthen further, making them an even more dangerous opponent. While VanVleet is absent and Sengun and Whitmore's participation remains uncertain, Houston will face a difficult challenge in containing Brunson. Consequently, anticipate the Knicks to secure a road victory here, enabling them to regain their winning form.

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