Hornets vs. Knicks Pick
509 Charlotte Hornets at 510 New York Knicks, 7:30PM ET
According to oddsmakers at YouWager, the Hornets are a 7-point favorite on the spread line. The total is set at 220.5 points.
Charlotte opened as a 6.5-point favorite before the line moved up slightly, while the total has dropped a bit from 221. The Hornets are a 7-point favorite at offshore books, while in Las Vegas it can be bet at -6.5. The total is at 221.5 at most books, but is as low as 220.5.
As of Saturday afternoon, 51 percent of public bets have sided with visiting Charlotte. Online wager info also says that 58 percent of bets are coming in on the under.
INJURY TO WATCH
Hornets center Cody Zeller (knee) is doubtful to play today. For New York, shooting guard Courtney Lee (personal matter) is out. Small forward Lance Thomas (personal matter) is questionable.
Some sharp words from Knicks center Enes Kanter a couple days ago about how players are paid to win games and not worry about developing younger players during games has me thinking this might be a good spot for the home team. Maybe for one night only the veterans get a little more leash and playing time, which would benefit a player such as Kanter who has the ability to put up big numbers in the box score. The Knicks won 118-113 on their home floor when the two squads met back in November. Charlotte is a poor road team at 11-22 straight up, while New York is 16-17 at home. Take the Knicks in this spot.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: NEW YORK KNICKS +7