Knicks vs. Hornets Prediction
The Charlotte Hornets are hot and find themselves listed as a 4.5-point home favorite tonight versus the visiting New York Knicks at 7:00 p.m. ET. Will the Hornets stay hot with another win and a cover or is there a better option on the board when it comes to tonight’s Eastern Conference matchup?
523 New York Knicks (+4.5) at 524 Charlotte Hornets (-4.5); o/u 210.5
7:00 p.m. ET, Monday, January 11, 2021
Venue: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, NC
New York Knicks DFS Spin
Julius Randle hit 11-of-16 shots, 2-of-5 3-pointers and 5-of-6 free throws for 29 points, five assists and 10 rebounds with three turnovers in a loss to the Nuggets. Randle became the second player to ever tally 200 points, 115 rebounds and 70 assists in the first 10 games of the season on Sunday. Only Oscar Robertson had done so before him. Randle’s having an excellent season, ranked No. 55 of all players in 9-cat leagues. Keep in mind he is playing the second-most minutes per game of all NBA players (five more than last season), and logged another 38 on Sunday. His endurance will be tested as the season continues.
Charlotte Hornets DFS Spin
LaMelo Ball became the youngest player in league history to post a triple-double, finishing Saturday’s win over the Hawks with 22 points (9-of-13 FGs, 1-of-2 FTs), 12 rebounds, 11 assists and three 3-pointers in 31 minutes. One night after he just missed out on a triple-double, Ball got the job done Saturday night. And in doing so he took care of the basketball, tallying just two turnovers. Ball continues to come off the bench, with Devonte’ Graham (9/5/7/2 with one 3-pointer in 32 minutes) remaining in the starting lineup, but at some point you have to wonder if James Borrego will make a change. Prior to Saturday’s game he was highly complimentary of the rookie point guard, saying that he was “as engaged as anyone” during pregame shoot around. "He gets it. More than anything, he gets it. …,” Borrego said. “So the mindset is there and that's going to carry him throughout his entire career.”
Knicks vs. Hornets Betting Prediction
The Hornets are 7-2 against the spread in their last nine home games and are 12-5-1 at the betting window in their last 18 games overall. They’ve also covered in eight of their last 10 games when facing an opponent with a winning record, are 5-0 against the spread in their last five home games versus a team with a winning road record and are 5-1-1 against the number in their last seven games following a win.
As for the Knicks, they’re just 4-9-1 against the spread in their last 14 games when playing the second game of a back-to-back. They’re also just 1-5 at the betting window in their last six games when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
NBA BETTING PREDICTION: CHARLOTTE HORNETS -4.5