New York Knicks (27-47) at Charlotte Hornets (33-41)
The wins just keep on coming! We picked up another win last night when we backed the Milwaukee Bucks at home against a streaking San Antonio Spurs team. We took Milwaukee as home dogs but didn’t need the points as the Bucks won the game outright 106-103.
The Spurs had won six straight games, and that fooled the public into thinking that had finally turned things around this year. I wasn’t fooled. All six of those wins were in San Antonio. Winning at home doesn’t tell me anything about how you are going to be able to perform on the road.
On the road? San Antonio had lost seven out of their last eight games before last night. So, I took the home team and the points, and we coasted to yet another victory. The game wasn’t even as close as the final scoreboard showed. The Bucks led by nine points with under two minutes to play.
The Spurs made a run late, but it was too little too late, and Milwaukee picked up the big win. Today we will take a look at two terrible teams as the New York Knicks take on the Charlotte Hornets.
The New York Knicks will travel to Charlotte Monday night to face the Hornets. The Knicks are finishing up another disastrous season and are firmly focused on next year. They are playing a little better as of late though, winners of three of their last five games.
For Charlotte, they aren’t enjoying much success on the year either. While the Hornets own the better record, they will also be missing out on the playoffs as well this season. In a game between two struggling teams, somebody has to win!
The Hornets are -11.5-point home favorites. The game total over-under is set at 221.5 points. Tipoff is scheduled for 4:00 PM PST from the Spectrum center.
There really isn’t anything good that can be said about the New York Knicks right now. They were actually a decent team before they got ravaged by injuries. Losing budding superstar Kristaps Porzingis to injury really left the Knicks with nowhere to turn for scoring production. Before the big man went down, the Knicks actually had a shot to make the playoffs. That is what puts them in such a bad spot right now.
They won too many games early in the season to really compete for a high lottery pick, and they lost too many games late in the year to compete for the playoffs. So, they are stuck in NBA purgatory. Not bad enough to blow it up and start over, not good enough to win. One thing the Knicks have been doing recently that has been working, is that they are playing basically their entire roster every game.
You saw this recently when they played a twelve-man rotation in wins over Charlotte and Chicago last week. They played last night and beat Washington, in a game the Wizards really needed to win, by playing ten guys. They aren’t more talented than too many teams this year, but when they always have fresh legs on the court, they are managing to stay competitive.
These two teams matched up in New York a little over a week ago. The Knicks absolutely blew the Hornets out. The win snapped a nine-game losing streak for New York, and they have played decent ball since then.
You have to wonder how this line got to be such a big one just a week after the Knicks destroyed the Hornets. Charlotte had all of its best players on the floor, and they actually had decent stat lines. Dwight Howard went for 14 and 13, and Kemba Walker scored double digits. So, this wasn’t a spot where the Hornets were banged up and resting. They played their best guys and got beat down.
I don’t think the Charlotte Hornets should be 11.5-point favorites over anyone right now. I get it, the Knicks stink, and they are especially bad on the road. But a team as inconsistent as the Hornets should never be laying this kind of wood.
I know the Knicks played last night, and this is the back end of a back to back for them, but the fact that they are playing such a huge rotation has kept all their key player’s minutes down enough where I don’t think that will hurt them as much as it could.
Maybe I am wrong. Maybe Charlotte will blow them out like they did against Memphis earlier this week, beating the Grizzlies by 61 points. Or maybe they will look more like the team that lost to this bad Knicks team by 23 points a couple of days before.
In the end, we just don’t know. So, I will snatch up all those points and hope that somebody out of the thirty-five guys the Knicks will trot out tonight will play hard and keep this game manageable.
The Hornets should be able to win on their home court. And that’s ok. I just need it not to be a complete blowout to cover. I am betting against the Hornets at least as much as I am betting against the Knicks tonight.
Give me the New York Knicks +11.5 points tonight in Charlotte!