Will Julius Randle Play Tonight? Houston Rockets vs New York Knicks: Predictions, Injury Updates & Lineups

Published 05/02/2021, 2:28 PM EDT
Dec 13, 2020; Detroit, Michigan, USA; New York Knicks forward Julius Randle (30) gets defended by Detroit Pistons guard Killian Hayes (7) during the first quarter at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports


The New York Knicks got back to winning ways as they won their latest game against the Bulls. They are now the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference with a record 35 wins and 28 losses.

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After a rather rare win against the Bucks, the Houston Rockets suffered yet another loss at the hands of the Warriors. They now have a record of 16 wins and 48 losses and are the worst team in the league.

The Knicks face off against the Rockets tonight at 8:00 PM EST. Take a look at their injury reports and probable starting lineups.

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Predictions

The Knicks are in incredible form lately and face a Rockets side who are having a rather tumultuous season. Given their form and the personnel available, the Knicks are clear favorites in this matchup.

New York Knicks injury updates and lineup prediction

After suffering a rather close defeat at the hands of the Suns, the Knicks came back to winning ways in some style as they blew out the Chicago Bulls 113-94. Julius Randle has been in blazing form in the last ten games averaging 30.8 points, 8.5 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game.

Feb 7, 2021; New York, New York, USA; Head coach Tom Thibodeau of the New York Knicks speaks with Julius Randle #30 during the game against the Miami Heat at Madison Square Garden on February 07, 2021 in New York City. Mandatory Credit: Mike Stobe/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

The Knicks will only miss starting center Mitchell Robinson, who is recovering from a foot injury and is likely out for the rest of the season.

The Knicks are in red-hot form right now, with nine victories in the last ten games. Facing off against the Rockets, the Knicks will hope that they can continue their winning run and solidify themselves as the fourth seed in the East.

Probable Lineup

RJ Barrett (G)

Elfrid Payton (G)

Julius Randle (F)

Reggie Bullock (F)

Nerlens Noel (C)

Houston Rockets: Injury updates and lineup prediction

After a fantastic win against the Bucks where Kevin Porter Jr. dropped 50 points, the Rockets were battered by the Warriors who defeated them 113-87. This was their eighth loss in the last ten games.

Apr 7, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) is fouled as he drives to the basket between during the first half of an NBA basketball game at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Michael Wyke/POOL PHOTOS-USA TODAY Sports

The Rockets will be missing multiple players through various injuries. John Wall, Chris Clemons, Dante Exum, Eric Gordon, David Nwaba, Sterling Brown and D. J. Augustin are sidelined due to different injuries. Guard Avery Bradley and forward Danuel House are also out against the Knicks.

The Rockets have been terrible this season and given that they are facing a resilient Knicks team a special performance will be necessary if they want to win this game.

Probable Lineup

Kevin Porter Jr. (G)

Armoni Broks (G)

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Jae’Sean Tate (F)

Kelly Olynyk (F)

Christian Wood (C)

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Who will win between the New York Knicks and the Houston Rockets? Let us know in the comments below.

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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