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New York Knicks vs. Houston Rockets - 11/2/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston Rockets (2-2) at New York Knicks (1-2)

NBA Basketball: Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at 7:30 pm (Madison Square Garden)

The Line: New York Knicks -1.5 -- Over/Under: 215 See the Latest Odds

TV: RTSW/MSG

The Houston Rockets and New York Knicks square off Wednesday in NBA action at Madison Square Garden.

The Houston Rockets look for a strong road victory to get a game above a .500 record. The Houston Rockets are averaging 108.3 points on 47.2 percent shooting and allowing 109.5 points on 46.1 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 32.3 points and 11.8 assists while Eric Gordon is averaging 16.8 points and 3.5 rebounds. Trevor Ariza is the third double-digit scorer and Ryan Anderson is grabbing 6.5 rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 36.8 percent from beyond the arc and 72.1 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 37.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39.5 rebounds per game. The Houston Rockets lost six of their last nine road games.

New York Knicks vs. Houston Rockets - 11/2/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The New York Knicks also could use a victory after a slow 1-2 start to the NBA season. The New York Knicks are averaging 96 points on 43 percent shooting and allowing 107.7 points on 45.7 percent shooting. Carmelo Anthony is averaging 21 points and 4.3 rebounds while Kristaps Porzingis is averaging 18.3 points and one assist. Derrick Rose is the third double-digit scorer and Brandon Jennings is dishing 3.7 assists. The New York Knicks are shooting 31.4 percent from beyond the arc and 70.3 percent from the free throw line. The New York Knicks are allowing 41.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42 rebounds per game. The New York Knicks lost four of their last six home games.

The Rockets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. NBA Atlantic. The Knicks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games. The Rockets are 6-0 ATS in the last 6 meetings in New York and 7-0 ATS in the last 7 meetings overall.

I'm not sold on either of these teams and both clubs are come off a game played Tuesday night, so there's sure to be tired legs. I give the edge to the Knicks because they're at home and usually have that swagger when playing in MSG. The Rockets also continue to struggle defensively. Knicks should be able to grind out a victory in front of their home fans. 

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