New York Knicks (16-13) at Charlotte Hornets (10-19)
NBA Basketball: Monday, December 18, 2017 at 7:00 pm (Spectrum Center)
The Line: Charlotte Hornets -5.5 -- Over/Under: 205 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The New York Knicks pay a visit to the Spectrum Center to take on the Charlotte Hornets on Monday night.
The New York Knicks have won five of their last six games and they will be gunning for a fifth straight victory after taking down the Thunder in a 111-96 home win on Saturday. Michael Beasley stepped into the starting lineup for the injured Kristaps Porzingis and led the way with 30 points, Courtney Lee added 20 points while Jarrett Jack chipped in with 12 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. As a team, the Knicks shot 55 percent from the field and 14 of 23 from the three-point line as they took advantage of the tired Thunder who were playing on zero days’ rest after playing a triple-overtime game on Friday. With the easy win, New York improved to 16-13 overall and 14-5 at home where they have won four straight.
Meanwhile, the Charlotte Hornets have been in a slump as they’ve won just two of their last 12 games and they will be hoping to snap a three-game skid after Saturday’s 93-91 loss to the Trailblazers. Nicolas Batum led the team with a season-high 23 points and five assists, Jeremy Lamb added 15 points off the bench while Kemba Walker chipped in with 14 points and six assists. As a team, the Hornets shot a miserable 34 percent from the field and just seven of 31 from the three-point line but they fell just short of forcing overtime after trailing by 12 points at halftime. With the loss, Charlotte dropped to 10-19 on the season and 8-8 at home where they have lost their last five.
Looking at the betting trends, the Knicks are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games against a team with a losing record, 3-8 ATS in their last 11 road games and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games following a win of more than 10 points. Meanwhile, the Hornets are 0-5 ATS in their last five home games, 0-4-1 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record and 1-4 ATS in their last five against the Eastern Conference.
Head to head, the home team is 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings, the Knicks are 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings overall and 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings in Charlotte.
Kristaps Porzingis is listed as a game-time decision for this game, but the Knicks have already shown that they can get the job done with Beasley now in the starting lineup. The question now is if they can repeat that performance on the road. I don't think the Knicks get the win, but I like their chances with the points against a struggling Hornets team.