Charlotte Bobcats vs. New York Knicks - 11/8/13
New York Knicks (1-3) at Charlotte Bobcats (3-2)
NBA Basketball: Friday, November 8, 2013 at 7:00 pm (Time Warner Cable Arena)
The Line: Charlotte Bobcats +2.5 -- Over/Under: 191.5 See the Latest Odds
The New York Knicks look for payback as they travel to Charlotte to take on the improving Bobcats on Friday night.
Head to head, the Knicks are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings while the road team is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings and the underdog is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings. The Bobcats are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 vs. Eastern Conference, 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games and 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Knicks on the other hand are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games following a ATS loss, but just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
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The Charlotte Bobcats are off to another fast start this season, winning back-to-back games to improve to 3-2 overall. One of those wins came against tonight’s opponent in the New York Knicks as Kemba Walker lit up Madison Square Garden for 25 points to lead his team to a 102-97 victory, despite suffering a shoulder injury midway through the third quarter. Walker would play in Charlotte’s 92-90 win over the Toronto Raptors the following night, but he was clearly not 100% as he shot just 2-13 shooting and finished with five points. Gerald Henderson picked up the slack for Walker as he scored 23 points as the Bobcats shot a season-high 49% to win their fifth straight home game, dating back to last season.
It’s be a tough start to the season for the New York Knicks and things got even tougher when they learned Center Tyson Chandler will be out for 4-6 weeks after he broke a bone in his right leg during their loss to Charlotte on Tuesday night. It was a big blow for a New York team that has looked rusty coming out of the gate, losing their last three games after opening the season with a home win against the Milwaukee Bucks. The Knicks have surprisingly been one of the better defensive teams in the early stages of the season, holding opponents to 94 points per game and only two teams have been better. However, that’s where it stops for New York as they are ranked 25th of worse in points, rebounds and assists per game.
A much as New York has been struggling, I just can’t see them losing to Charlotte twice in the span of a week. Yes Chandler is out, but we don’t know how Kemba Walker is going to play after missing 11-13 shots in their win against the Raptors. You often see teams rally after their star goes down with an injury and even though Chandler isn’t considered a star in those terms, I think we see a good effort from a desperate Knicks squad tonight...
Dan’s Pick: New York -2.5