Hornets vs. Knicks Pick
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Hornets are a 1.5-point favorite on the spread line. The over-under is set at 210 points.
Charlotte enters with a 5-5 record after a 112-94 loss at the Timberwolves. New York is 5-4 after rallying for a 108-101 home win over the Pacers. The Knicks went 2-1 straight up and 3-0 ATS in three meetings last season. The total went over all three times.
The Hornets were led by Cody Zeller as he tallied 16 points and nine rebounds off the bench in the loss at Minnesota. Dwight Howard had 13 points and nine rebounds, while Jeremy Lamb contributed 13 points and four assists. Marvin Williams also scored 13. Charlotte was outscored 40-23 in the second quarter to go down 68-51 at halftime.
Kristaps Porzingis poured in 40 points to go with eight rebounds and six blocked shots in the win over Indiana. Tim Hardaway Jr. had 16 points, four assists and two steals. Frank Ntilikina added 10 points off the bench. The Knicks overcame a 19-point second half deficit, outscoring the Pacers 36-17 in the fourth quarter.
Charlotte is 2-6 ATS in the last eight meetings. The over is 13-3-2 in the last 18 meetings.
The Knicks have won four of their last five home games and should probalby be favored here against a Hornets team awaiting the return of Nicolas Batum from injury. Trust in Porzingis to carry New York to another win.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: NEW YORK KNICKS +1.5