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NBA : ATS Matchup
Monday 2/24/2020Line$ LineOU LineScore



NEW YORK (17 - 39) at HOUSTON (36 - 20)
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NEW YORK - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games17-39-6.128-2622-33104.652.244.0%56.1111.656.346.4%53.7
Road Games9-19+4.415-1213-15104.852.143.7%55.7113.057.646.3%54.7
Last 5 Games2-3-12-21-3105.851.844.7%58.6111.051.045.5%50.6
NEW YORK Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)104.652.239-9044.0%10-2933.6%16-2369.2%561222238145
vs opponents surrendering110.955.641-8945.8%12-3435.6%17-2377.0%531024208145
Team Stats (Road Games)104.852.139-9043.7%10-3034.0%16-2269.4%561221228144
Stats Against (All Games)111.656.340-8646.4%13-3438.4%19-2674.3%541024207135
vs opponents averaging11155.741-8946.0%12-3435.7%17-2277.1%531024208145
Stats Against (Road Games)113.057.640-8746.3%14-3439.6%19-2575.8%551025206145

HOUSTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games36-20-15.829-2724-32118.560.645.3%53.7114.257.846.2%56.1
Home Games19-8-8.714-1313-14119.260.345.0%57.0111.454.944.2%57.2
Last 5 Games3-2+0.13-21-4115.058.845.2%44.8112.256.848.6%53.8
HOUSTON Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)118.560.641-9145.3%15-4435.1%21-2678.9%541022218145
vs opponents surrendering111.65641-8945.8%12-3435.6%18-2377.4%531024218145
Team Stats (Home Games)119.260.342-9345.0%15-4433.8%21-2777.9%571122218135
Stats Against (All Games)114.257.842-9246.2%12-3534.4%17-2376.8%561126218155
vs opponents averaging111.755.941-8946.0%12-3435.8%18-2377.6%531024218145
Stats Against (Home Games)111.454.941-9244.2%12-3634.1%17-2374.8%571125217155
Average power rating of opponents played: NEW YORK 95.4,  HOUSTON 96.5
NEW YORK - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
1/20/2020@ CLEVELAND106-86W-1.5W222.5U41-8548.2%551032-9434.0%5910
1/22/2020LA LAKERS92-100L11.5W223.5U36-8840.9%571736-8243.9%5410
1/28/2020@ CHARLOTTE92-97L2L208.5U38-8644.2%491234-8838.6%6313
2/1/2020@ INDIANA92-85W11W212.5U34-8241.5%641232-7642.1%4211
2/3/2020@ CLEVELAND139-134W-2.5W216O57-10255.9%531252-9256.5%4414
2/8/2020@ DETROIT95-92W-1.5W210.5U38-8544.7%581534-6949.3%3516
2/9/2020@ ATLANTA135-140L5T225O52-11047.3%691749-10845.4%5814
2/24/2020@ HOUSTON              
2/26/2020@ CHARLOTTE              
2/27/2020@ PHILADELPHIA              
3/6/2020OKLAHOMA CITY              
3/10/2020@ WASHINGTON              
3/11/2020@ ATLANTA              

HOUSTON - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
1/18/2020LA LAKERS115-124L-3.5L234.5O40-9044.4%552045-9348.4%5817
1/20/2020OKLAHOMA CITY107-112L-7.5L230.5U43-9744.3%541140-9243.5%6312
1/24/2020@ MINNESOTA131-124W-5.5W234.5O47-9151.6%471048-9849.0%5517
1/26/2020@ DENVER110-117L2L225.5O40-8845.5%531644-9347.3%5414
1/27/2020@ UTAH126-117W14.5W220.5O38-8146.9%541543-8550.6%5217
1/29/2020@ PORTLAND112-125L-5L243U40-9442.6%471546-8951.7%6018
2/2/2020NEW ORLEANS117-109W-5W252U41-10539.0%50742-9444.7%7421
2/6/2020@ LA LAKERS121-111W4W239U43-8550.6%451645-9149.5%4915
2/7/2020@ PHOENIX91-127L-2.5L234.5U29-8534.1%401543-7755.8%5523
2/20/2020@ GOLDEN STATE135-105W-10W232.5O45-8552.9%431544-9048.9%4721
2/22/2020@ UTAH120-110W2W232.5U45-9248.9%471042-9046.7%5713
2/24/2020NEW YORK              
2/29/2020@ BOSTON              
3/2/2020@ NEW YORK              
3/5/2020LA CLIPPERS              
3/7/2020@ CHARLOTTE              
NEW YORK: LAST SEASON: 17-65, missed playoffs.
COACH: David Fizdale (second season, fourth NBA season).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Dennis Smith Jr. (13.6 ppg), G RJ Barrett (rookie), F Marcus Morris (13.9 ppg), F Julius Randle (21.1 ppg). C Mitchell Robinson (7.3 ppg).
KEY LOSSES: F Noah Vonleh, F Mario Hezonja, G Emmanuel Mudiay, C DeAndre Jordan
KEY ADDITIONS: G Barrett, F Randle, F Morris, F Bobby Portis, F Taj Gibson, G Elfrid Payton, G Wayne Ellington, G/F Reggie Bullock. PLAYER TO WATCH: Barrett. The Knicks shared the best odds of getting the No. 1 pick and Zion Williamson after having the worst record in the league. They ended up third and took his Duke teammate and fellow All-American, who tied for the ACC scoring lead, with their highest selection since grabbing Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing first overall in 1985. There aren't a lot of scorers on the roster, so the Knicks will need Barrett to play well quickly.
OUTLOOK: The Knicks couldn't land any of the top talent in free agency after missing the playoffs for a sixth straight year, but believe they signed enough veteran toughness to exceed their relatively low expectations.
HOUSTON: LAST SEASON: 53-29, lost 4-2 to Golden State in Western Conference semifinals.
COACH: Mike D'Antoni (fourth season with Rockets, 173-73; 16th season overall, 628-499).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Russell Westbrook (22.9 ppg with Oklahoma City), G James Harden (36.1), F Eric Gordon (16.2), F P.J. Tucker (7.3), C Clint Capela (12.0).
KEY LOSSES: G Chris Paul, G Iman Shumpert, C Kenneth Faried
KEY ADDITIONS: Westbrook, C Tyson Chandler, F Thabo Sefolosha, F Ryan Anderson, F Ben McLemore.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: All eyes will be on Westbrook and Harden as the Rockets try to prove that these two ball-dominant guards can coexist after Houston sent Paul to Oklahoma City in exchange for Westbrook. Harden and Westbrook are longtime friends and played together in Oklahoma City at the beginning of Harden's career when he was the sixth man for the Thunder and insist that things will work out because they want them to. But things have changed a lot since their Oklahoma City days and it will be interesting to see how Westbrook will adjust to playing a supporting role to Harden after being the face of the Thunder for years.
OUTLOOK: The addition of Westbrook to this team starring Harden gives the Rockets two of the league's most dynamic scorers and playmakers a year after Houston lost to Golden State in the Western Conference semifinals. If the pairing of is successful it could help the Rockets become an offensive juggernaut in the stacked Western Conference. While Harden and Westbrook will drive Houston's success, players like Eric Gordon and center Clint Capela will have to continue to improve if the Rockets hope to finally get over the hump and compete for their first title since winning back-to-back championships in 1994-95.
Rockets look to continue surge vs. Knicks

The sample size is small, but in their first two games since the All-Star break, the Houston Rockets appear to be clicking at full force.

While posting double-digit wins over the Golden State Warriors and Utah Jazz, both on the road, the Rockets converted 45 of 97 3-pointers for a robust 46.4 percent from behind the arc.

Their floor spacing has been tremendous and their depth -- bolstered by the recent additions of Jeff Green and DeMarre Carroll plus the return from injury of Eric Gordon -- has overwhelmed opponents.

Houston has won seven of nine games and will seek to continue building upon that momentum Monday when it hosts the New York Knicks.

The Rockets climbed to fourth in the Western Conference with their 120-110 win over the Jazz, one game behind the third-place LA Clippers. Having pursued viability as a contender all season, Houston appears to have found it.

"If we guard at a high level like we've been doing, the sky's the limit for us," Rockets guard James Harden told reporters. "We've got to continue to get better possession by possession.

"We've got to try to put (together) a four-quarter game like that. And we're working on it."

Defensive vigor remains a sporadic attribute for the Rockets, but with the offense clicking, Houston needs only to be solid on that end of the court. The byproduct of the floor spacing resulting from playing small has fully unlocked guard Russell Westbrook for rim attacks.

Westbrook is averaging 34.2 points (on 55.8 percent shooting), 7.0 rebounds and 5.6 assists since the Rockets jettisoned center Clint Capela at the trade deadline. Harden is averaging 30.5 points, 5.8 rebounds and 7.7 assists during that same span, and Houston has put opponents in compromising positions regarding how they aim to guard the Rockets' bevy of shooters.

Utah attempted to utilize center Rudy Gobert against Westbrook. The results were unfavorable.

"Everybody's been doing it," Westbrook said of being defended by a big. "I don't know if it's working."

For the Knicks, the game against Houston will mark just their second since the return from the All-Star break. The Knicks had two practices prior to their 106-98 loss to the Indiana Pacers on Friday and had two more scheduled in advance of their meeting with the Rockets.

It is rare for teams to encounter such open expanses on the calendar, and the youthful Knicks made it an emphasis to take advantage of the opportunity to continue the process of growth and development.

The Knicks have dropped three consecutive games following a season-best four-game winning streak, and having played just three games over the previous two weeks affords them the chance to solidify their foundation with attention focused squarely on the future.

"What we have talked about is ... what we control is today," Knicks coach Mike Miller said. "Let's take care of today. Let's get better today. Everybody in the building is working to try to get better. And if we can do that and keep our energy going in that direction, they have proven that when they do that they can have success and they can help themselves."

--Field Level Media

Last Updated: 4/1/2020 4:01:23 AM EST

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