Charlotte Hornets at New York Knicks – NBA April 20

Hornets (28-28, 14-16 road) at Knicks (31-27, 18-10 home)

  • Time: 4:30PM PST – 6:30PM CST – 7:30PM EST
  • Place: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
  • TV: Bally Sports Southeast | MSG Network | NBA League Pass

Opening Tip

Assuming the Hornets are somewhat at full strength, this should be a must-watch game as Charlotte has fallen to an 8-seed in the Eastern Conference while the Knicks check-in as a 6-seed if the playoffs started today.

Charlotte snapped a four-game losing streak on Sunday with a home win over Portland. Meanwhile, the Knicks gutted out a 122-112 win over the New Orleans Pelicans as both New York and Charlotte viewing for the 4-seed as the Knicks are 0.5 games back of the Hawks while the Hornets are 2.0 back of Atlanta.

The Knicks have won six in a row which is their strongest run of the season while they look to avenge a 109-98 loss in Charlotte on Jan. 11. The two teams also rematch in NYC on May 15.

New York’s six-game winning streak is its longest since the Knicks won eight in a row during the 2013-14 season.

Key Injuries

  • Charlotte HornetsLaMelo Ball (wrist), Gordon Hayward (foot), Malik Monk (ankle) – OUT; Devonte’ Graham (quad) Day to Day
  • New York KnicksAlec Burks (health and safety protocols) – Out; Mitchell Robinson (ankle) – OUT

Vs. The Spread

Hornets (19-38 ATS):

  • The Hornets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games
  • The UNDER has been the play in 4 of Charlotte’s last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 8 of the Hornets’ last 11 games on the road

Knicks (24-32-1 ATS):

  • New York is 9-0 ATS in their last 9 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of the Knicks’ last 6 contests
  • The Knicks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 goes at home

Last Time Out

Terry Rozier scored 34 points with 10 assists and eight rebounds in 39 minutes as the Charlotte Hornets posted a 109-101 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday. P.J. Washington had 23 points and eight boards and Miles Bridges had a pair of dunks which have been on SportsCenter invariably as the Hornets broke their four-game skid.

Julius Randle had 33 points and 10 rebounds as the Knicks won their sixth in a row in a 122-112 overtime decision against the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday. Reggie Bullock hit a three with 2.3 seconds left in regulation to forced the extra session.

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Hornets +5.5 (-110) +195 O 208 (-110)
Knicks -5.5 (-110) -235 U 208 (-110)

*Odds Courtesy of BetUS Sportsbook

Advantage, Charlotte

Charlotte Hornets LogoTerry Rozer continues to deliver when he has called on as he is the key component of this team with Ball and Hayward on the shelf. He made 13-of-24 shots on Sunday with seven threes as his leadership was at its best in volunteering extra minutes If necessary before the game. Rozier is averaging 27.7 points, 7.0 rebounds, 9.3 assists and 2.3 steals over his last three games while playing major minutes. He started hot with 17 in the first quarter and that would be a perfect scenario in New York tonight as Charlotte must follow his lead.

Key Hornets Stat:

P.J. Washington (11.8 ppg, 6.4 rpg) will need to be a continual force in the middle on both ends of the floor for the Hornets to have a shot in this one. He had a solid contribution in the win over Portland after he missed three games, which coincidentally, the Hornets lost all three. He averages 1.35 blocks per game and his defense will be important vs. Julius Randle this evening.

Hornets Fact:

Miles Bridges continues to cast himself in the limelight with those highlight reel dunks. Since he joined the starting lineup eight games ago, Bridges has put up an averages of 20.0 points , 6.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists while shooting 54.7 percent from the field and a healthy 45.5 percent from three.

Advantage, NYK

New York Knicks LogoJulius Randle in the paint is the Knicks’ number one option as he is playing as well as anyone in the league this side of Steph Curry at the present. He is averaging 35.8 points per game over his last four outings while shooting 48.1 percent and he has made 15 threes. Reggie Bullock and R.J. Barrett continue to be keys on the perimeter where Bullock is averaging 13.5 points over his last four games while Barrett has made 16-of-33 shots in averaging 21.5 points per game in his last two contests.

Key Knicks Stat:

Coach Tom Thibodeau’s defense continues to lead the league as New York allows opponents only 44.1 percent from the floor (1st NBA) while they shoot 33.4 percent from three (1st/NBA). Their 35.4 defensive rebounds are fifth in the NBA as that feeds into the low shooting percentages in allowing opponents only one shot.

Knicks Fact:

Not having Alec Burks’ fourth-quarter prowess has been interesting in the Knicks’ six-game winning streak. Burks, who is still out with health and safety protocols, had 21 points on four threes his last time out as he had struggled mightily in the six games before that. Tonight marks the third game in a row where he will be sidelined.

Winner: Knicks (-5.5) 108, Hornets 100

The Bets
New York Knicks -5.5
New York Knicks
OVER 208
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