The New York Knicks (42-33) open up as the 12.5-point favorites at the Madison Square Garden. They’ll play the Houston Rockets (18-57) on Monday. The Houston Rockets rank 15th in the Western Conference going into their latest road game, while the New York Knicks are fifth in the Eastern Conference. The New York Knicks are on the brink of a collapse, but aiming to turn things around against the Houston Rockets. With three consecutive losses, can they get back to winning ways at the Madison Square Garden?
Form New York Knicks
Form has been poor for the New York Knicks, with their last match showing no improvement. They lost 111-106 to the Orlando Magic. The defeat extended their losing streak to three games, leaving their past ten-game record at 4-6.
The New York Knicks are more of an average side for the offensive side of the game. Entering Monday’s matchup, the hosts are averaging 115.3 points per game. Defensively, the New York Knicks have restricted opponents to 112.8 points per game on average and 112.9 points in their own arena.
As the intense playoff race unfolds, the New York Knicks are fighting fiercely to earn a coveted postseason spot. They hold the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference, with 42 wins under their belt from 75 games.
The New York Knicks will be without both Jalen Brunson and Duane Washington Jr. for their latest game.
Form Houston Rockets
Despite putting in their all, the Houston Rockets were unable to come out on top in their last game, going down 108-91 to the Cleveland Cavaliers. This has extended their losing streak to five, giving them a 18-57 standing for the season.
The average points scored by Houston Rockets in the NBA this season is 110.3. When playing away from home, the visitors have put up 110.4 points. In defense, the Houston Rockets have been on the back foot lately. They’ve conceded 125.4 points per game in their last five contests, leaving them with a season average of 118.6 points.
After a whirlwind 75 games, the Houston Rockets have seen their playoff aspirations dashed. Turning their attention now to the lottery trade, the team bears the weight of 57 losses, positioning them 15th in the Western Conference and fifth in the Southwest Division.
The only reported injury concern for the Houston Rockets is Jae’Sean Tate.
In their last matchup, the New York Knicks emerged victorious with a score of 88-108 against the Houston Rockets. The game took place at the Toyota Center in January 2023. The New York Knicks have enjoyed the upper hand over the Houston Rockets from their previous ten matchups. The home side celebrated six wins to go 6-4 in this series and will look to continue their dominance at the Madison Square Garden.
The New York Knicks tallied 111.8 points on average per game from their ten most recent showdowns against the Houston Rockets. The latter managed an average of 108.3 points in comparison.
At Bet365.com, you can find the odds for the upcoming New York Knicks vs Houston Rockets game at the Madison Square Garden. Check out their website to see all the available options.
- Moneyline (ML): Houston Rockets (+575) | New York Knicks (-855)
- Against the spread (ATS): Houston Rockets +12.5 (-105) | New York Knicks -12.5 (-115)
- Over/Under (O/U): 230.5 (-110) | (-110)
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Go for the New York Knicks to win (1.12) on the moneyline.
The New York Knicks have not been doing so well lately, having lost their last three games. However, they boast a strong home record, with seven out of their last ten games played at the Madison Square Garden ending in a win. The odds of -855 suggest a probability of 90% that they will stay successful at home. It is hard to oppose the notion that the Houston Rockets should be given +575 chances of success in this game. Recently, they have been having a hard time when playing away from home, having lost their last four away matches, and suffered a 108-91 defeat at the hands of their opponents the Cleveland Cavaliers in their most recent game.
Monday’s game is a perfect get-right spot for the New York Knicks, who will be looking to send a message after their loss last game against the Orlando Magic.
Against the Spread
Take the New York Knicks -12.5 (1.87) as they are the best bet.
It is anticipated that the New York Knicks will come out on top in Monday’s game, with a 12.5-point lead over the Houston Rockets. The New York Knicks won three of their last five home encounters in this series, averaging a 10.3-point differential in their favor.
This season, the New York Knicks have gone 41-32-2 ATS in all games. Their record at the Madison Square Garden is 17-18-2 ATS. In their previous ten matches, the New York Knicks covered four times. They had a scoring average of 115.9 points and conceded 117.2 points.
The Houston Rockets have gone 13-24 ATS on the road. Their overall record for the season is 30-42-3 ATS. The Houston Rockets covered five times in their last ten games, scoring an average of 112.0 points and conceding 121.1 points.
Total over 230.5 (1.91) is how we’d bet on the total.
The last ten head-to-head games between and New York Knicks and the Houston Rockets failed to pass the 222-point mark. The total averaged 220.1 points, as well as 222.6 points in the last five at Madison Square Garden.
For this latest showdown, the total line is available at 230.5. This is 18.7 points higher than the combined 211.8-point average the New York Knicks and the Houston Rockets put up in their last five meetings. Betting on the Under in the total market returns odds of -110.
At the Madison Square Garden, the New York Knicks have a record of 21-16 O/U against the total for the season, with an overall score of 38-35 O/U. The total averaged 236.0 points across the last five New York Knicks home games, going under three times.
On the road, the Houston Rockets are 20-16 O/U this season. The total went over in five of their last six away games. The average number of points scored in the past 10 Houston Rockets matches was 233.1, with six of these games finishing under the total.