The Knicks are looking to win both legs of a back-to-back for the second time this season. They welcome the Houston Rockets, who have lost four in a row, to Madison Square Garden.
Here is the current line on Knicks vs. Rockets at DraftKings Sportsbook:
New York Knicks -0.5 (-110) // -109 // O 213 (-112)
Houston Rockets +0.5 (-110) // +109 // U 213 (-109)
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Nerlens Noel Over 8.5 Points (-105)
This might seem like a crazy bet at first glance. You can grab this one on FOX Bet Sportsbook. Nerlens Noel is averaging just 3.5 points per game and he has not scored nine points once this year. Why bet on Noel to hit his season-high at -105 odds?
Well, the Knicks are going to be without starting center Mitchell Robinson for the foreseeable future. The third-year player fractured his right hand on Friday. Presumably, Noel will enter the starting lineup in place of the injured Robinson. Taj Gibson will likely play center for the second unit although we could see some small-ball with Julius Randle at the five as well.
No matter which way the rotation shakes out, Noel is going to be playing more minutes. Let’s bet on him stepping up in his first opportunity.
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RJ Barrett 25+ Points, Barrett Over 5.5 Rebounds & Julius Randle Over 4.5 Assists
Let’s go with an RJ Barrett/Julius Randle Same Game Parlay on FanDuel Sportsbook. Barrett had one of his quietest games of the season on Friday night, but he should be ready to go against this Houston lineup.
Obviously, the Rockets have undergone significant changes to the roster, but Barrett had one of the best games of his career against Houston last season. He went for 27 points, five rebounds, and the game-winning shot. After only scoring eight points on Friday night, we expect Barrett to bounce back on Saturday.
As for Randle, he’s becoming a true point forward. He’s averaging 5.8 assists per game and he’s gone over 4.5 assists in five of his last games. A $10 bet on this three-leg parlay pays out $184.08.
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Reggie Bullock Over 1.5 Made Threes (-106)
These are pretty decent odds on Reggie Bullock to make a mere two three-pointers. Bullock struggled to shoot the three earlier in the season, but since returning from injury he’s shooting threes at a 42.9% clip. The veteran wing has hit multiple threes in three of his last four games.
Bullock is the only true catch-and-shoot threat in the starting lineup. It’s worth noting that Julius Randle is shooting 38.9% from deep, which would be a career-high, but he is not a spot-up shooter. Bullock is a guy who is more than comfortable coming off screens on the perimeter for catch-and-shoot opportunities.
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