Toyota Center will host a matchup between the Houston Rockets and the New York Knicks. The Rockets have found success this year, coming in with a 21-13 record. On the other end, the Knicks are 11 games below .500 on the year and enter the game with a 10-21 record. This game has a start time of 8:00 pm EST and it will be covered by NBA TV, MSG and CSN-HOU.
The Rockets are regrouping after their loss to the Kings, 110-106. James Harden recorded 38 points and 10 rebounds, earning his third double-double of the year. Meanwhile, the Knicks are coming off a win against the Spurs, 105-101. Iman Shumpert led the team in scoring by registering 27 points. This is the second game of the year between these two teams, with the Rockets winning the first matchup, 109-106. Carmelo Anthony had a double-double in the defeat with 45 points and 10 rebounds.
The high-powered offense of Houston (fourth in the NBA with an offensive efficiency of 106.3) will square off against the porous defense of New York (26th in the league with a defensive efficiency of 173.9), a matchup that should favor the Rockets. The Knicks should also expect to protect the ball well. They rank first at avoiding errors (TO% of 12.9%). Conversely, the Rockets force the fifth-fewest turnovers in the league (opponents' TO% of 16.1%).