The Charlotte Hornets (15-31) will try to put an end to their eight-game losing streak when they clash against the New York Knicks (13-34) at Spectrum Center. The game starts at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, January 28, 2020, and will air on MSG Network.
The game’s Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 212 points with Charlotte opening as a 3-point favorite at PointsBet Sportsbook.
New York Knicks at Charlotte Hornets Free Prediction
In the Knicks’ last matchup, they easily covered the 2-point spread against the Brooklyn Nets, 110-97. The total points for the game (207) were under the projected point total of 218.5. The Knicks, who came into the game averaging an offensive rebounding percentage of 24.8, had a phenomenal mark of 34.1 and had a better turnover percentage (11.7 vs. 13.3). New York was led by Julius Randle, who was the team’s leading scorer with 22 points on 10-for-22 shooting.
The Hornets lost to the Milwaukee Bucks in their last matchup, 116-103, but did cover as 14.5-point underdogs. The total points for the game (219) came in just under the projected point total of 219.5. Milwaukee’s offensive rebounding percentage was their biggest strength over Charlotte. The Bucks had a rate of 27.9 (above their season average of 20.7), while the Hornets posted a mark of 16.3 (below their season average of 23.6). With 31 points on 10-for-17 shooting, Malik Monk was the top scorer from either team.
New York could dominate the offensive glass in this battle. The Knicks are among the NBA’s elite on the offensive glass, ranking second in offensive rebounding percentage at 25.0 percent. Meanwhile, Charlotte ranks 30th in the league at corralling defensive rebounds with a defensive rebounding percentage of 74.7 percent.
New York comes into the game with records of 13-34 straight up (SU) and 24-22-1 against the spread (ATS). Of the Knicks’ 47 games, 28 have finished under the total.
Meanwhile, Charlotte owns records of 15-31 SU and 22-22-2 ATS. Hornets games have no tendency in regards to the total, as there has been an even split between games finishing over and under.
This will be the second game of the season between these two teams. Mitchell Robinson put up 17 points and 12 rebounds in the first game, in which the Knicks lost 103-102, unable to cover as 4.5-point favorites. The game finished with a total of 205 points, which was 6.5 points below the projected point total of 211.5 points. The Hornets’ 9.5 turnover percentage was their biggest advantage over the Knicks, who had a mark of 10.3.
Knicks at Hornets Pick
Free Prediction: ATS Winner – Hornets, O/U – Under
On the road, New York is 12-11 ATS with 12 unders and 11 overs.
At home, Charlotte is 8-11-2 ATS with 12 unders and 9 overs.
When allowing less than 100 points, Charlotte is 3-0 and New York is 5-2.
When reaching the century mark, the Knicks are 12-21 and the Hornets are 13-17.
New York ranks third in points allowed in the paint per game (42.9) while Charlotte ranks 26th (51.8).
The Knicks rank sixth in rebounds per game (46.2) while the Hornets rank 28th (42.5).
New York ranks third in second chance points per game (14.8) while Charlotte ranks 21st (12.6).
The Knicks rank eighth in steals allowed per game (7.0) while the Hornets rank 25th (8.2).
Charlotte ranks third in fast break points allowed per game (11.9) while New York ranks 20th (13.9).
The Hornets rank 10th in three pointers attempted per game (34.7) while the Knicks rank 26th (29.9).
New York ranks 15th in assists allowed per game (24.2) while Charlotte ranks last (27.0).
Over its last five contests, New York is 5-0 ATS with 4 unders and 1 over.
Charlotte is 3-2 ATS with 4 unders and 1 over over its last five games.
The Knicks have outscored opponents by an average of 3.2 points in their last five games. On the season, New York has been defeated by an average of 7.5 points.
During their last five games, the Hornets have scored an average of 95.2 points per game (8.1 below their season average) and allowed an average of 107.4 points per game (3.2 below their season average).