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New York Knicks at Houston Rockets odds, picks and prediction

Apr 16, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; New York Knicks forward Julius Randle (30) celebrates with guard RJ Barrett (9) during the fourth quarter against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Knicks (35-28) travel to meet the Houston Rockets (16-48) Sunday at Toyota Center. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. ET. Below, we analyze the Knicks-Rockets odds and lines, with NBA picks and predictions.

The Knicks picked up a 113-94 win against the Chicago Bulls Wednesday, starting a new win streak after their nine-game run was ended by the Phoenix Suns Monday. The Over has cashed in three of the past four, and seven of the previous nine for New York.

The last time these teams met, New York won 121-99 as a one-point favorite at Madison Square Garden back on Feb. 13 with the Over connecting.

The Rockets, already eliminated from the playoff chase, were crushed 113-87 at home by the Golden State Warriors Saturday as the Under easily cashed.

Houston has dropped six of the past seven games, and it’s 3-4 ATS during the span. The Under has hit in five of those seven outings.

Knicks at Rockets: Odds, spread and lines

Odds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports’ betting odds for a full list. Lines last updated at 6:58 a.m. ET.

  • Money line: Knicks -500 (bet $500 to win $100) | Rockets +375 (bet $100 to win $375)
  • Against the spread/ATS: Knicks -9.5 (-115) | Rockets +9.5 (-105)
  • Over/Under: 216.5 (O: -110 | U: -110)

Knicks at Rockets: Key injuries

Knicks

  • C Mitchell Robinson (foot) out

Rockets

  • PG D.J. Augustin (ankle) out
  • SG Avery Bradley (calf) questionable
  • SG Sterling Brown (knee) out
  • SG Eric Gordon (groin) out
  • SF Danuel House Jr. (ankle) questionable
  • SG David Nwaba (wrist) out
  • PG John Wall (hamstring) out

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Knicks at Rockets: Odds, lines, predictions and picks

Prediction

Knicks 119, Rockets 101

Money line (ML)

The Knicks (-500) will cost you five times your potential return. As bad as Houston is, and as red-hot as New York has been, you just cannot risk this kind of money, particularly on a road team.

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Against the spread (ATS)

The KNICKS -9.5 (-115) being heavy favorites just doesn’t seem real after decades of poor performances, but they have been solid this season. New York crushed Houston in the first meeting, and it will do it again here.

Over/Under (O/U)

OVER 216.5 (-110) is the lean here as Houston’s defense just hasn’t been up to snuff. The Rockets got belted by 26 in Saturday’s loss to the Warriors, and they have allowed 109 or more points in 13 consecutive outings. Even if Houston’s offense is struggling, it won’t take much to still hit the Over.

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