The Houston Rockets grabbed a thrilling 114-110 over the New York Knicks on Wednesday night.
This saw reigning league MVP James Harden pour in a game-best performance for 61 points on 17-of-38 shooting from the floor despite shooting 5-of-20 shooting from beyond the arc. It was easily the best bet outing for Hoopit users in the contest.
Aside from his lack of efficiency from beyond the arc, Harden was highly effective at the rim in the paint going 7-of-8 from that zone of the floor. Meanwhile, three of his 3-pointers came from the top of the arc. Harden has been easily the best betting option around the league over the last month.
This performance alone helped him set many milestones as he became just the third player in league history to notch 60 or more points at Madison Square Garden joining Kobe Bryant and Carmelo Anthony. It was also his 21 straight game with at least 30 points
Harden has easily been the most productive scorer in the league has continued to fill it up on a nightly basis. He is simply putting together another MVP-caliber campaign that has seen him become the singular driving offensive factor for the Rockets. Even when Chris Paul returns from his hamstring injury, Harden will remain the most productive offensive scorer in the league.
In fact, each time that the Rockets take the floor he can be relied upon as the best bet option for Hoopit users. Guard Eric Gordon has been a strong supporting offensive factor alongside him as he poured in 20 points on 8-of-15 shooting from the floor including going 3-of-5 from beyond the arc.
Gordon was effective at the rim going 5-of-7 while hit a 3-pointer from each spot from beyond the arc except the corners. He will continue to remain a highly reliable betting option on a nightly basis with his ability to get to the rim and hit from distance.
Although it was another disappointing performance for the Knicks, it did see a couple of promising performances from their young core group. Rookie guard Allonzo Trier notched 31 points off the bench on 12-of-18 shooting from the floor along with going 2-of-4 from beyond the arc.
Trier was highly effective in finding his shot on the floor with most of his work coming in the paint as he went 6-of-8 from that zone of the floor. Trier has been a dependable scoring option off the bench as the season has rolled along for the Knicks.
He will remain a dependable scorer as evident by his recent production with three straight double-digit scoring performances. Meanwhile, guard Tim Hardaway Jr. has continued to be their leading scorer as he notched 21 points on 6-of-16 shooting from the floor and 4-of-8 from beyond the arc.
Hardaway Jr. hit a pair of 3-pointers from the right wing while he went 2-of-5 from the paint. His production has fluctuated as the season has worn on. but he has been their leading offensive factor.
Hardaway Jr. has been a solid source of scoring with consistent 3-point shooting. This will remain the course regardless of how the rest of the Knicks’ season finishes out.