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Hornets vs. Knicks - 1/24/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New York Knicks (8-36) at Charlotte Hornets (18-26)

NBA Basketball: Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Time Warner Cable Arena)

The Line: Charlotte Hornets -9 -- Over/Under: 185 See the Latest Odds

TV: MSG, TSOH

The New York Knicks and Charlotte Hornets play Saturday at the Time Warner Cable Arena.

The New York Knicks hope to keep things rolling after winning three straight for the first time all year. On the season, the Knicks are averaging 92.8 points on 44 percent shooting and are allowing 101.2 points on 46.2 percent shooting. Carmelo Anthony is averaging 24 points and 6.7 rebounds while Amar'e Stoudemire is averaging 12.6 points and 7.1 rebounds. Langston Galloway is dishing 3.2 assists and Tim Hardaway Jr. is shooting 39 percent from the field. The New York Knicks have scored 98 or more points in all three of their wins during this stretch and are shooting 36.7 percent from deep in their last five games. The Knicks have won three of their eight games on the road. Cleanthony Early is questionable and Jose Calderon is doubtful with injuries.

Hornets vs. Knicks - 1/24/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Charlotte Hornets have won eight of their last 10 games and are back in the playoff race. On the season, the Hornets are averaging 95.3 points on 42.5 percent shooting and are allowing 97.3 points on 44.4 percent shooting. Kemba Walker is averaging 19 points and 5.3 assists while Al Jefferson is averaging 17.6 points and eight rebounds. Gerald Henderson is dishing 2.3 assists and Lance Stephenson is shooting 38.4 percent from the field. The Charlotte Hornets have held 10 of their last 11 opponents under 100 points and are allowing 37.8 percent shooting from the field in their last five games. With the lack of scoring options, it’s the Hornets defense that’s turned things around. The Hornets have won 11 of their 18 games on their home court.

The Knicks are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest and 3-9-1 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Hornets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Knicks are 3-7 ATS in the last 10 meetings and the road team is 10-4 ATS in the last 14 meetings. 

Have the Knicks figured things out all of a sudden and ready to keep stringing wins together? I doubt it. However, the Hornets are a painful offensive team that tends to play grind it out style games. With the Knicks gaining confidence and the lack of offense from the Hornets, I'm forced to take the points here. 

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