The Charlotte Hornets (3-5) travel to face off against the New York Knicks (4-4) on Sunday, November 12th. This game will be played at Madison Square Garden in Madison Square Garden and televised on MSG. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Tip-off is set for 12:00 ET.
Hornets vs Knicks
The Hornets Are Coming Off A Win
The Hornets clinched a 124-117 win over the Wizards in their previous game. The Hornets picked up the win despite trailing going into halftime 63-57.
The Hornets enter today’s matchup with an overall record of 3-5 and will look to pull off an upset as +9.5 point underdogs. The team currently sits 12th in the Eastern Conference and 4th place in the Southeast division.
Charlotte comes in with an overall ATS record of 4-4 so far this season. In their last three road games, Charlotte has successfully covered the spread, and they hold an ATS record of 3-1 on the road in contrast to 1-3 at home.
The Knicks Are Coming Off A Win
The Knicks’ most recent game versus the Spurs saw Jalen Brunson lead the Knicks with 25 points while shooting 8/19 from the field. The Knicks picked up a 126-105 win, and RJ Barrett also added 24 points which was 2nd on the team.
Today’s matchup sees the Knicks seeking to extend their current two game winning streak, with an overall record standing at 4-4. In away games this season, the Knicks have put together a 2-2 record, whereas they have a 2-2 record when playing at home.
Against the spread, New York have an above .500 record vs. the spread sitting at 6-2 ATS. New York has covered the spread in two straight road games and are 3-1 ATS on the road compared to 3-1 at home.
Hornets Offense Breakdown
For the season, the Charlotte offense is the 7th ranked unit in the NBA, at 117.2 points per contest. When looking at the Hornets pace of play, they tend to play an up-tempo style of basketball. So far, the team is in the upper half of the NBA in possessions per game, averaging 102.2. Thus far, the team’s faced paced style of play has helped their overall numbers, as they are currently the 4th team in made field goals per contest.
Knicks Offense Breakdown
Through eight games games, New York is averaging 107.1 points per game (29th). The Knicks come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 13 made 3’s per game. If the Knicks offense is going to improve, they could look to play at a faster tempo, as they currently average just 97.1 possession per game. This could benefit the team as they are currently one of the better 3-point shooting units in the NBA.
Hornets Team Defense
The Hornets’ defense is presently ranked 28th in the league, allowing an average of 122.4 points per contest.
Inside the arc, the Hornets defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 55.1% and 38.1% from three-point territory.
Knicks Team Defense
So far, the Knicks defense is giving up 102.8 points per contest, which has them sitting 2nd in the NBA. One thing to note, is they have given up more points than their season average in two straight matchups.
In the terms of takeaways, Knicks are causing 12.8 turnovers per game, ranking 8th in the league. They also enter the matchup ranked 30th in rejections, averaging 1.9 blocked shots each game.
Key Players For The Hornets And Knicks
In today’s game, our projections have Gordon Hayward leading the Hornets with 17 points on 6/12 shooting from the field. This season, he is averaging 18.6 points per game along with 5.8 boards.
On the opposing side, we anticipate Jalen Brunson to be the top scorer for the Knicks. Our projection has him finishing the game with 18, and he is expected to secure 3 rebounds. For the season, he has a field goal percentage of 40.4% and is averaging 22.5 points per contest.
Hornets vs Knicks Trends
- In their last five road games, Charlotte has averaged 118 points per game while allowing 117 . The team’s record in this stretch was 3-2 while going 4-1 vs. the spread.
- In their last ten games at home, the Knicks have a straight up record of 4-6 while going 6-4 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 100 points per game in these contests.
- Spanning across their last ten games as the betting underdog, the Hornets have gone 6-4 vs the spread. Their overall record in these games was 4-6.
- New York has done well both straight up and vs the spread when favored to win the game, going 4-1 SU and 4-1 ATS in their last five games.
Hornets vs Knicks Prediction
Coming in as the underdogs at +9.5, we have the Hornets as the way to go on the point spread. Not only do we have them covering, but our projections show they have a good one of winning this one straight-up, if you’re looking for a higher payout on the moneyline.
Right now, the over/under line for the game is sitting at 224.5 and given that our model is projecting 211 points between the teams, we like the under.
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