New York Knicks vs Houston Rockets Prediction and Odds
The New York Knicks will face the Houston Rockets on Thursday at the Toyota Center. The Knicks are in a spot of bother as they have lost 8 out of their last 10 games. They are currently on a 4-game losing streak.
The Rockets on the other hand won 8 out of their last 10 games, they won 7 in a row during this phase. The Knicks will be trying to get past the Rockets on the road and the Rockets will try to protect their home court.
New York Knicks vs Houston Rockets Prediction and Odds: Crowd’s Prediction
⛹️♂️NBA — Houston Rockets vs New York Knicks. 🏀Play Time: 12/16/2021 21:00 (GMT-4) 📣Prediction: New York Knicks -5.5
New York Knicks vs Houston Rockets Prediction and Odds: Game Preview
New York Knicks:
The Knicks are one of the biggest disappointments of this season so far. They have lost four in a row and have lost 8 out of their last 10 games. The Knicks are currently 10th in the east with a 12-16 record. The Knicks are off to a two-game road trip against the Rockets and the Boston Celtics before returning back home for a three-game homestand.
The biggest disappointment for the Knicks this year has been their defense. The Knicks rank 24th in the league in defensive ratings this season. The Knicks were top three in defense last year. In the last 10 games, the Knicks have struggled offensively they are ranked 24th in offensive ratings in the last 10 games. It has been worse on defense for the Knicks they are in the bottom five on defense in the last 10 games.
The Knicks have struggled in clutch moments this season, they have lost 9 out of 16 clutch games this season. The Knicks now will be without a few of their young players due to health and safety protocols. The Knicks still have a really good roaster and will be hoping to turn those close losses into wins.
The Rockets are currently on a rebuilding phase as a team. Their young players have already shown what they are capable of. In the last 10 games, the Rockets have won 8, and they went on a 7-game win streak during this phase. They will be missing a few of their players due to injuries against the Knicks at home on Thursday.
Kevin Porter Jr, Jalen Green their second overall pick in the draft, and Christian wood have all been sensational so far this season for the Rockets. In the last 10 games, the Rockets have made 16.7 threes on average and were shooting at 42.7% from three in the last 10 games. In the last 10 games, the Rockets had the 3rd best offensive rating in the league in the last 10 games.
The Rockets certainly have the potential and the talent to win a lot more games than they have won this season. They would be looking to build on their current form and carry it forward this momentum towards the rest of the season.
New York Knicks vs Houston Rockets Prediction and Odds: Key Players
Julius Randle: Julius Randle had a great game against the Warriors, he had 31 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists in the loss against the Warriors. He leads the Knicks in scoring, Rebounds, and assists with 19.5 PPG, 9.9 RPG, and 5.2 APG.
Christian Wood: Christian Wood has been the best player for the Rockets so far this season. He is averaging 16.5 PPG (team-high), 11.1 RPG (team-high), 1.0 BPG (team-high).
New York Knicks vs Houston Rockets Prediction and Odds: Injury Report
New York Knicks:
|Obi Toppin||Out||Health and Safety Protocols|
|RJ Barrett||Out||Health and Safety Protocols|
|Quentin Grimes||Out||Health and Safety Protocols|
|Kevin Porter Jr.||Out||Thigh|
|New York Knicks||Houston Rockets||Predicted Winner|
|FiveThirtyEight||58%||42%||New York Knicks|
Both the Knicks and the Rockets will be without a few of their young players for this matchup. But the Knicks have a better roaster at this point in time with a mixture of youth and experience. So as presently constructed the Knicks should be able to win against the Rockets on Thursday on the road.
New York Knicks vs Houston Rockets Prediction and Odds: Match Details
New York Knicks vs Houston Rockets
Date and Time: Thursday, December 16, 8 PM ET
Venue: Toyota Center