Knicks vs. Hornets Prediction
Are the Charlotte Hornets giving up too many points at home when they host the New York Knicks tonight at 7PM ET?
569 New York Knicks at 570 Charlotte Hornets
Friday, December 14, 2018
7PM ET – Spectrum Center
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Hornets are favored at home tonight, as they are getting odds of -10.5 points against the Knicks. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 226 points. The public betting currently has 51 percent going on the Knicks as the road underdog. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NBA Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Knicks on a big losing streak
The Knicks have dropped five straight coming into tonight, including a 113-106 loss at Cleveland on Wednesday night. They have failed to cover the spread in five straight games. New York is 8-21 on the season, 4-12 on the road, 13-15-1 against the spread and 17-12 with the over.
New York hasn’t been very good on either side of the ball. The defense is giving up 114.9 points per game while allowing opponents to shoot 47.7 percent. On offense, New York posts 108.3 points per game while shooting just 43.8 percent from the field. Already without Kristaps Porzingis, the Knicks are without Allonzo Trier and Trey Burke tonight, and also expected to be without Lance Thomas. Tim Hardaway Jr. is leading the squad with 21.4 points per game while Enes Kanter is adding 15.0 points and 11.5 rebounds per game.
Hornets heating up
The Hornets are on a three-game winning streak following a narrow 108-107 win over the Pistons on Tuesday night. They have covered the spread in two of their three games. Charlotte is now 14-13 overall, 10-5 at home, 16-11 against the spread and 14-13 with the over.
Charlotte is middle of the road on both offense and defense. The Hornets are averaging 113.9 points per game on offense while shooting 45.5 percent. Defensively, the Hornets are giving up 110.7 points per game while allowing opponents to shoot 45.9 percent from the floor. Kemba Walker is averaging 26.0 points and 6.3 assists per game to lead the team while Jeremy Lamb is adding 15.0 points and 5.5 rebounds per contest.
NBA Betting Trends
The Knicks have failed to cover in six straight after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
The Hornets are 12-3-1 against the spread in their last 16 Friday games and 5-2 ATS in their last seven conference games.
The Knicks haven’t been competitive over this losing stretch, as both road losses have been by big amounts. Charlotte isn’t an overwhelming offense, but the Hornets are playing with their full roster while New York is banged up and short-handed. I don’t see New York being able to compete on the road in this game.
NBA Prediction: Charlotte Hornets -10.5