The New York Knicks hit the road on Friday for an Eastern Conference showdown in Charlotte with the Hornets. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 PM ET at the Spectrum Center. New York sits ninth in the East and after a two-game win streak boasts a record of 12-13, while the Hornets are 13th with a 7-18 record and are on a three-game losing skid. This will be the second time these two teams collide this season, with the Knicks claiming victory back in October.
Hornets vs. Knicks Betting Odds
*Lines accurate at time of publication
Hornets vs. Knicks Best Bets
Hornets +3 (-105 DraftKings)
Despite wins not coming in their last three contests, the Hornets are averaging 109.7 points per game in that time frame, while the Knicks are putting up 101.7. It may be tempting to go with the road favorites here since the Hornets are banged up, but they are also scrappy and sit in the top half of the league in assists per game (25) while New York resides in the lower third of the NBA in that same category (23.5). Mason Plumlee could be the difference-maker here in this Eastern Conference battle.
Charlotte has covered the spread in four of their last five games against the Knicks and this looks like a spot for them to play spoiler again.
Risk: 1.05 units on DraftKings to win 1 unit. (Playable up to -110)
Hornets vs. Knicks Game Total Under 224.5 (-115 DraftKings)
The Knicks are allowing just 97.0 points per game in their last three contests, while the Hornets are yielding 115.3. Offensively they are on the low side too, with New York scoring just 101.7 and Charlotte putting up 109.7 in their last three games. Neither of these teams can shoot the three-ball which could also lead to a low-scoring affair. The Hornets sit 27th in three-point percentage (32.4%) while the Knicks are right behind them at 28th (32.0%).
Risk: 1.15 units on DraftKings to win 1 Unit. (Playable to -120)