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New York Knicks vs. Charlotte Bobcats - 1/24/14

Charlotte Bobcats (19-25) at New York Knicks (15-27)

NBA Basketball: Friday, January 24, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Madison Square Garden)

The Line: New York Knicks -4.5 -- Over/Under: 188 See the Latest Odds


The New York Knicks will be desperate to arrest a five-game slide tonight when they take on the Charlotte Bobcats.

The Knicks have lost five straight overall and will be looking to avoid a fourth straight loss at home after getting beaten by the 76ers by 110-106 on Wednesday. Carmelo Anthony made six three pointers on his way to 28 points, while Iman Shumpert added 19 points, but the Knicks added to their long injury list when Andrea Bargnani fell awkwardly when trying to posterize a couple of 76ers players. Bargnani was later assessed and it is revealed that he suffered some ligament damage in his elbow and is out indefinitely. New York is now 15-27 overall and 7-15 at home.

New York Knicks vs. Charlotte Bobcats - 1/24/14

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Meanwhile, the Bobcats have won four of their last six and will be looking for a third straight win after getting past the Clippers by 95-91 on Wednesday. Al Jefferson had 24 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Bobcats to its first win over the Clippers in their last seven tries. Josh McRoberts and Gerald Henderson added 13 points apiece, but this game was about the Bobcats' defense which allowed Blake Griffin to score 26 points in the first three quarters, but just one point in the fourth which was the difference in the end. With the win, Charlotte improve to 19-25 overall and 11-12 at home where they've won three of their last four.

In ATS trends, the Bobcats are 5-1-1 ATS in their last seven road games against a team with a losing record and 13-5-1 ATS in their last 19 road games overall, while the Knicks are 0-4 ATS in their last four games following a loss and 0-6 ATS in their last six games overall.

Head to head, the Bobcats are 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings overall and 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings in New York.

The Knicks are in a serious slump and will be struggling for points for the rest of the season now that Bargnani ruined his elbow. The Bobcats aren't exactly filling me with confidence either, but they do seem like the smarter play in what should be a low scoring affair.

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