Houston Rockets vs New York Knicks Prediction, 2/13/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Houston Rockets vs New York Knicks
Date: Saturday, February 13, 2021
Location: Madison Square Garden in New York, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Houston (-1.5)
The New York Knicks (11-15) play the Houston Rockets (11-14) at Madison Square Garden on Saturday. Houston opens this game as 1.5-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 227.5.
The Houston Rockets stepped onto the hardwood against the Miami Heat and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 101-94 in their last game. Houston wrapped up the game having earned a 38.6% field goal percentage (32 out of 83) and converted 15 of their 50 three-point shots. From the free throw line, the Rockets buried 15 of their 20 attempts for a percentage of 75.0%. In the matter of pulling down rebounds, they earned a total of 42 with 8 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 24 assists for the contest in addition to having 7 steals and 2 blocked shots. In the matter of defense, Houston allowed their opponent to shoot 43.0% from the field on 34 out of 79 shooting. Miami earned 24 dimes and had 6 steals for the contest. Additionally, the Heat grabbed 49 rebounds (8 offensive, 41 defensive) and earned 3 rejections. Miami finished 90.0% from the free throw line by making 18 of their 20 tries. They also made 15 of their 42 attempts from long range.
John Wall is one player who was a factor for this game. He left the arena with 17 points on 5 out of 13 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 35:56 mins and pulled down 6 rebounds. Wall finished 38.5% from the field and distributed 7 assists. One more player that was a factor in this contest for the Rockets was Jae'Sean Tate. He pulled down 7 boards and accounted for 2 assists. He finished the contest at 63.6% from the field in this contest by going 7-of-11 (16 points). When all was said and done, Tate played 34:48 min.
Houston heads into this game with a record of 11-14 on the year. The Rockets are shooting 35.2% on 3-point shots (357 of 1,014) and 74.6% from the charity stripe. They have an average of 109.2 points per game (23rd in the league) while connecting on 44.9% from the floor. They turn the ball over 15.4 times per game and as a team are committing 20.4 fouls per contest. As a team, Houston is pulling in 43.8 boards per game and has accounted for 580 dimes for the campaign, which is 23rd in the NBA in terms of passing the ball. When they are on defense, the Rockets are able to force 15.6 turnovers per contest while drawing 19.0 personal fouls. They are giving up 35.6% on 3-point attempts and they rank 8th in the NBA in points per game allowed (109.8). The Rockets defensively are allowing an opponent FG percentage of 44.9% (390 of 476) and they surrender 47.6 boards per game as a group. They rank 7th in the league in giving up assists with 568 relinquished this year.
For their last game, the New York Knicks took a defeat with a final score of 98-96 when they faced the Miami Heat. The Knicks were able to snag 35 defensive rebounds and 11 offensive rebounds for a total of 46 for the contest. They also rejected 5 tries while getting 8 steals for the contest. The Heat were called for 14 fouls for this contest which took the Knicks to the free throw line for a total of 16 tries. They were able to bury 12 of those for a rate of 75.0%. Concerning shooting from 3-point land, New York buried 10 out of their 28 attempts (35.7%). Overall, the Knicks finished shooting 37 for 87 from the field which had them shooting 42.5%. The Knicks permitted the Heat to make 26 out of 70 tries from the field which left them with a shooting percentage of 37.1% in this matchup. They finished 42.4% from 3-point land by going 14 of 33 and ended up going 32 of 39 from the charity stripe (82.1%). In relation to rebounding, New York permitted Miami to pull down 38 in all (6 offensive).
Elfrid Payton ended up being a factor for the Knicks in this contest. He made 8 out of 16 in this matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 50.0%, which got him 18 points. Payton grabbed 5 boards in his 26:36 mins of time on the court and earned 4 assists for this game. Another guy who came through for New York was RJ Barrett. He notched 13 points in his 26:42 minutes played by way of 5 out of 14 shooting for this contest. Barrett ended the game having shot 35.7% from the field and also totaling 2 assists and 6 rebounds.
New York has a record of 11-15 for the season. As an offense, the Knicks are shooting 44.8% from the field, which is 26th in the NBA. New York has 2,664 pts so far this season (102.5 per game) and they grab 46.6 rebounds per game. They are getting an assist 21.0 times per contest (29th in the NBA) and they are turning it over 13.8 times per contest. The Knicks have committed 20.9 personal fouls every game and they go 76.1% from the free throw line. The Knicks on defense are ranked 1st in the NBA in points per game surrendered with 103.9. They are forcing their opponents into 11.4 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 43.5% from the floor (1st in basketball). The New York defense gives up 32.2% on three-point shots (315 of 979) and their opponents are connecting on 75.4% of their foul shots. They surrender 22.5 dimes and 44.5 boards per contest, which is 3rd and 16th in basketball.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Houston (-1.5)
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