New York Knicks at Houston Rockets - 12/31/22 NBA Picks and Prediction

Houston Rockets (10-25) vs New York Knicks (18-18)

Game Info: Saturday, December 31, 2022 at 7:00 pm (Toyota Center)

Betting Odds: Houston Rockets +5.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Houston Rockets play host to the New York Knicks at the Toyota Center on Saturday night.

The New York Knicks have been in a real funk as they are now hoping to snap a five-game losing streak after falling short to the struggling Spurs in a 122-115 road loss on Thursday. Julius Randle led the team with 41 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists, Immanuel Quickley added 36 points with seven rebounds and seven assists while Evan Fournier chipped in with 11 points, but no other player finished in double figures in scoring. As a team, the Knicks shot just 42 percent from the field and 15 of 41 from the 3-point line, but they weren’t at their usual standards on the defensive end and were always fighting an uphill battle after allowing 38 points in the first quarter to trail by double-digits for most of the game.

Meanwhile, the Houston Rockets have been in a real slump as they’ve lost seven of their past eight games and they will be hoping to snap a two-game skid after getting routed by the Mavericks in a 129-114 road loss on Thursday. Jalen Green led the team with 23 points, Kevin Porter Jr. added 17 points with seven assists while Jabari Smith Jr chipped in with 16 points on seven of 13 shooting. As a team, the Rockets shot 44 percent from the field and 12 of 34 from the 3-point line, but they had no answer for the Mavericks’ starters who torched them for 65 points in the first half to put them behind by as many as 25 points before they made a rally in the fourth quarter to keep the final scores somewhat respectable.

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Looking at the betting trends, the Knicks are 22-7 ATS in their last 29 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall. The Rockets are 1-3-1 ATS in their last five home games, 2-5 ATS in their last seven home games against a team with a winning road record and 2-5-1 ATS in their last eight games overall.

Head to head, the over is 6-0-1 in the last seven meetings in Houston, the Knicks are 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings overall and the Knicks are 8-1 ATS in the last nine meetings in Houston.

The Knicks will be shorthanded for this one as RJ Barrett is out while Jalen Brunson is questionable due to right hip soreness. The Rockets are coming in with the same lineup with Jae’Sean Tate still ruled out. The Rockets are certainly capable of pulling off the upset against a struggling Knicks team missing some key players, but the Knicks need this win so much more at this stage of the season and I think they get it done. 

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Peter’s Pick New York -5.5

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