In this all-Eastern showdown between two teams coming off defeats in their latest matchups, the Charlotte Hornets (23-25), looking to bounce back after their latest defeat, are hosting the struggling New York Knicks (10-38), who have won only once in their last eighteen games.
Date/Time: 01-28-2019, 19:00 EDT
Spread: Charlotte Hornets -12
Charlotte Hornets have a 23-25 record (25-23 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 8th place of the East. They have lost two of their last three matches and in their last game they lost on the road against the Bucks with a 99-108 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Kemba Walker with 24.7 ppg, adding 4.3 boards and a team high 5.6 dimes per game. He is followed by Jeremy Lamb with 15.2 ppg and 5.5 boards per game.
New York Knicks have a 10-38 record (21-26-1 against the spread) so far this season and re currently tied with the Bulls in the second to last place of the East. They have lost 17 of their last 18 matches and in their last game they lost at home against the Heat with a 97-106 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Tim Hardaway Jr with 19.5 ppg, adding 3.4 boards per game. He is followed by Emmanuel Mudiay with 14.7 ppg and 3.9 dimes per game.
In their two previous meetings earlier this season each team won once on the road (Knicks by 2 in overtime and Hornets by 12). Hornets have a 16-8 home record, while the Knicks are 6-20 on the road. Hornets are better both offensively, scoring 112 ppg to Knicks’ 106.8 and defensively, allowing 111.5 ppg to Knicks’ 115.3 ppg. They also have better percentages both in field goals (45.3% to 43.5%) and in 3-pointers (35.7% to 34.2%). Hornets are also better in turnovers committed (12.4 to 13.2), in dimes made (23.7 to 19.8) and in boards grabbed (44.8 to 44.1). Hornets are the absolute favorite and Vegas odds give them a -12 spread and expect them to beat the odds against one of the weakest teams currently in the league.
New York Knicks vs Charlotte Hornets Prediction: Charlotte Hornets -12 (-106)
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