Charlotte Hornets (12-13) at New York Knicks (8-19)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 7:30 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: New York Knicks +5.5 -- Over/Under: 225 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Charlotte Hornets and New York Knicks meet Sunday in NBA action at Madison Square Garden.
The Charlotte Hornets look for another victory to get back to a .500 record. The Charlotte Hornets are averaging 114 points on 45.6 percent shooting and allowing 111 points on 45.9 percent shooting. Kemba Walker is averaging 25.8 points and 6.2 assists while Jeremy Lamb is averaging 15 points and 5.6 rebounds. Malik Monk is the third double-digit scorer and Tony Parker is dishing 4.5 assists. The Charlotte Hornets are shooting 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 80 percent from the free throw line. The Charlotte Hornets are allowing 33.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.9 rebounds per game. The Charlotte Hornets have lost their last four road games.
The New York Knicks could use a win here after losing five of their last six games. The New York Knicks are averaging 108.6 points on 43.6 percent shooting and allowing 114.9 points on 47.6 percent shooting. Tim Hardaway Jr. is averaging 22.1 points and three assists while Enes Kanter is averaging 14.9 points and 11.8 rebounds. Trey Burke is the third double-digit scorer and Emmanuel Mudiay is dishing 2.8 assists. The New York Knicks are shooting 34.4 percent from beyond the arc and 78.5 percent from the free throw line. The New York Knicks are allowing 36.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46 rebounds per game. The New York Knicks have lost four of their last six home games.
The Hornets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference, 20-43-1 ATS in their last 64 vs. NBA Atlantic and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Sunday games. The Knicks are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 vs. Eastern Conference, 2-9 ATS in their last 11 Sunday games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. NBA Southeast. The Hornets are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings in New York and 1-6 ATS in the last 7 meetings. The over is 4-1 in Hornets last 5 vs. NBA Atlantic. The over is 5-2 in Knicks last 7 vs. Eastern Conference.
The New York Knicks are just an awful basketball team that's now being otuscored by 12.4 points in their last five games and on the end of a back to back after getting beat up by the Brooklyn Nets. The Charlotte Hornets are often hit or miss depending on if Kemba can get some help, but either way the Hornets are head and shoulders the better team here. I don't see any reason why the Hornets can run away with this one.