All eyes will be on Jeremy Lin at Madison Square Garden as the Houston Rockets make their first visit to face the New York Knicks since the point guard jumped ship in the summer.
'Linsanity' has somewhat abated since he decamped for Texas and although he’s averaging a respectable 10.8 points per game, it’s his former team whose stock has risen since his departure. The Knicks have won four in a row, and are 10-0 at home, and while Carmelo Anthony gets the headlines, much of the credit goes to Jason Kidd and Pablo Prigioni whose experience has more than made up for their lack of youth.
That could make it a tough night for Lin’s new team who are just 2-7 on the road and come off an embarrassing loss in Toronto. James Harden has cooled off since his sensational start in Houston and the Rockets are shipping 104.0 points per night, a perfect target for New York who are scoring 103.2. And even though Houston routed the Knicks 131-103 just last month, back the hosts to make it an Unhappy Homecoming for their former star.
We could see a rehearsal for the Western Conference Finals when San Antonio take a trip to Oklahoma City. And after the Spurs stint in pole position, it’s now the Thunder who have the league’s best record at 19-4 after ten consecutive wins. The Spurs shook off the December Blues with a demolition of Boston on Saturday but this will be another tough examination with both teams boasting almost identical offensive and defensive records.
Their scoring prowess makes the line of 207.0 total points very attainable but the game could be decided by which one of the two All Star guards on show comes up biggest. Russell Westbrook is 1.91 to score 21.5 points or over with Tony Parker 1.91 to go for 21 or more. Bet on both to come up big with OKC taking the spoils. They’re -5 on the handicap at 1.91.
Bet of the Day: Take the Thunder to see off the Spurs at 1.91 on the handicap.