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2021 NBA Handicapping
(33-37) Charlotte Hornets vs. New York Knicks (39-31)
Date: Saturday, May 15th
Time: 1:00 EST
Venue: Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
NBA Moneyline Odds: Hornets +175 | Knicks -244
NBA Betting Odds: Knicks -5
NBA Betting Total: O/U 212
On Saturday, May 15th, the Charlotte Hornets and New York Knicks meet for the final time having split the prior two contests.
The Knicks hold the all-time record between the clubs with 60 wins in 113 meetings. Last season, the teams played three times with the Hornets taking all three contests.
Losers of seven of their last 10 games doesn’t negate the fact the Hornets are one of the most exciting teams in the NBA.
Their three wins are versus the lottery-bound Pistons (twice) and the Magic.
Charlotte is seeded eighth and guaranteed a play-in berth but both the Pacers and Wizards actively trying to climb past them.
Even if the Hornets are ousted quickly it will serve to whet the youthful club’s appetites and motivate their offseason development.
LaMelo Ball is likely headed to a Rookie of the Year Award and he’s arguably made passing the most exciting part of the game for fans this season. In his return from a broken wrist, he hasn’t missed a beat averaging 15.5 points, 6.6 assists, 6.5 rebounds, and 1.6 steals in his eight games back.
Miles Bridges (health and safety protocols), and Cody Martin (ankle) have each missed the last six games while Gordon Hayward (foot) has missed the last 22 games. As of publishing, no injury updates were made so the presumption is they’ll all remain out on Saturday.
New York Knicks
Playoff basketball is back in the Mecca and the NBA will be better for it. Tom Thibodeau has his club playing with the defensive style he used in his five years at the helm for the Bulls aided by the presence of players who were on that team (Derrick Rose, Taj Gibson).
In an era where the offense seems to be ruling, it’s the Knicks (and a few other clubs) who are reminding fans that defense is equally important and makes for a more complete game experience.
The Knicks are in a battle with the Hawks and Heat for the fourth through sixth seeds. Each of the trio possesses the tiebreak over a different team. The Hawks own the tiebreak on the Heat who own the tiebreak on the Knicks who possess the tiebreak on Atlanta.
If the teams finish in a three-way tie the Hawks would get the top seed because they’ll be the Divisional champs. But if the Hawks and Knicks finish tied and ahead of Miami then the Knicks would get the fourth seed.
This weekend the teams will finalize their schedules with Atlanta up one game in the win column playing the Rockets, Miami facing the Bucks and Pistons while the Knicks face the Hornets and Celtics.
The most likely outcome is New York will be the sixth seed.
Rose (ankle) didn’t play Thursday and is day-to-day. Luca Vildoza is not with the team. Mitchell Robinson (fractured foot) is out indefinitely.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Hornets are 7-3 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
- The teams are 5-5 ATS in the last 10 head to head meetings
- Over/Under is 5-5 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
Free Charlotte Hornets vs. New York Knicks NBA Prediction:
Charlotte hasn’t won a game against a seeded team since April 25th (Celtics) so barring Hayward and Bridge returning this won’t be the exception.
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