Houston Rockets (39-20) at New York Knicks (18-42)
NBA Basketball: Monday, March 2, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: New York Knicks +8.5 -- Over/Under: 231 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Houston Rockets pay a visit to Madison Square Garden to battle the New York Knicks on Monday night.
The Houston Rockets have been in red-hot form as they've won 10 of their past 12 games and they will be looking to build on their current six-game win streak after escaping Boston with a thrilling 111-110 overtime road win on Saturday. Russell Westbrook led the team with 41 points, eight rebounds and five assists, James Harden added 21 points with eight assists on seven of 24 shooting while Robert Covington chipped in with 16 points and 16 rebounds. As a team, the Rockets shot just 41 percent from the field and 15 of 55 from the 3-point line as they rallied back from a 17-point deficit in the third quarter, before escaping with the narrow win after the Celtics forced overtime with a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Meanwhile, the New York Knicks have been in a slump as they've lost 10 of their past 16 games, but they will be looking to build some momentum after putting a halt to a six-game skid with a 125-115 home win over the Bulls on Saturday. Mitchell Robinson led the team with 23 points and 10 rebounds off the bench, Julius Randle added 22 points with 10 rebounds and three assists while RJ Barrett chipped in with 19 points. As a team, the Knicks shot a healthy 55 percent from the field and eight of 20 from the 3-point line as they set the tone with 66 points in the first half, before pulling away in the fourth quarter where they outscored the Bulls by 36-29.
Looking at the betting trends, the Rockets are 2-7 ATS in their last nine games as a road favorite, 6-2 ATS in their last eight games playing on one days' rest and 4-1 ATS in their last five games against a team below .400. The Knicks are 3-0-1 ATS in their last four games following a win, 5-2 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a winning record and 5-1 ATS in their last six games against a team above .600.
Head to head, the over is 4-1-1 in the last six meetings overall, the Rockets are 1 7- 8 ATS in the last 25 meetings overall and the Rockets are 8-1 ATS in the last nine meetings in New York.
Dennis Smith Jr. has already been ruled out for this one with concussion symptoms, so the Knicks will again be shorthanded. The Rockets have really been in a groove since trading away Clint Capela and committing to their small-ball strategy and they're coming into this one with plenty of momentum. The Knicks haven't been terrible lately, but the Rockets are 8-1 ATS in the last nine meetings in New York and I think that trend continues here.