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#503 New York Knicks -2 vs.
#504 Charlotte Hornets 206
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 7:05pm EST
Spectrum Center, Charlotte
Written by Chris Kubala

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A pair of Eastern Conference teams outside the playoff picture take the floor in Buzz City searching for a win. The New York Knicks are on the road as they make the trip to face the Charlotte Hornets Wednesday night. New York comes in off a 123-112 road loss to Houston Monday night in their previous contest. Charlotte was in action on the road Tuesday night against the Pacers. The Hornets were trounced 115-86 at home by Brooklyn in their last contest Saturday night. In the all-time series, the Knicks own a 59-51 advantage but the Hornets have won the last three meetings. That includes a pair of wins this season, including a 97-92 home win in the most recent matchup on January 28.

New York Knicks Look to Snap Skid at Four

New York dropped their fourth straight game though they are 1-2-1 ATS in that stretch as they covered against Houston as a 12.5-point underdog. They were the underdog in three of those four contests and dropped a 114-96 decision to the Wizards as a favorite in that stretch. The Knicks are in the basement of the Atlantic Division, 25 games behind the Raptors. In the Eastern Conference playoff picture, the team is 13th, eight games behind Orlando for the final playoff spot. Against Houston, the Knicks were unable to slow James Harden and that cost them the game. New York was down only three after the opening quarter but was outscored 36-24 in the second to trail by 15 at the half. The Knicks never got closer than eight in the second half. New York shot 44 percent from the field, including 11 of 29 from three-point range, and won the rebounding battle 54-38. They turned the ball over 17 times and allowed Houston to shoot 50 percent from the floor. RJ Barrett led the Knicks with 21 points and six rebounds in the loss.

The Knicks enter this game 28th in the league in scoring offense with 104.8 points per game on the year. New York is 6th in the league in rebounding with 46.5 boards a night while ranking 28th by dishing out 21.6 assists per contest this year. The Knicks are 19th in scoring defense by allowing 111.8 points per game this season. Rookie RJ Barrett has had a solid rookie campaign with 13.9 points plus 5.1 rebounds per contest on the year. Julius Randle (19 points, 9.6 rebounds), Kevin Knox II, Bobby Portis (9.6 points, 5.3 rebounds), Reggie Bullock (9.5 points), Maurice Harkless and Mitchell Robinson (9.2 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.9 blocks) are performing well in the new-look rotation for the Knicks this season. New York is 26th in the league in field goal percentage as they shoot 44 percent from the floor as a team. The Knicks are 30th in threes per game as they knock down 9.9 triples per game while the team stands 27th in three-point shooting as they connect on 33.7 percent of their attempts from beyond the arc.

Charlotte Hornets Close Back to Back Set

Charlotte was on the road against Indiana Tuesday night looking to bounce back. They were 11.5-point underdogs in the contest and had gone 3-1 ATS in their previous four games, all as underdogs. The three victories were outright wins before getting hammered by the Nets. Charlotte entered Tuesday fourth in the Southeast Division, 16.5 games behind the Heat. In the Eastern Conference playoff picture, the team was 11th, 5.5 games behind the Magic for the final playoff spot. The Hornets are 8-18 at home this season. In those games, they average 104.5 ppg while allowing 110.9 ppg in those contests. Charlotte is just 2-8 in the second game of back to back situations and have been outscored by 10.5 points a night. On the year, the Hornets are 13-21 against Eastern Conference teams and have been outscored by eight points a game.

The Hornets are a below-average team offensively so far this season, ranking 30th in the league with 102.6 points per game. Charlotte is 25th in rebounding with 42.9 boards per game and 18th by dishing out 23.7 assists per contest. The Hornets are average defensively this season as they are 13th in scoring defense by allowing 110 points per game. Terry Rozier is tied for the team lead on Charlotte with 17.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and four assists per game this season. PJ Washington (11.9 points, 5.5 rebounds), Devonte’ Graham (17.6 points, 7.7 assists), Cody Zeller (11.1 points, 7.2 rebounds) and Miles Bridges (13.2 points, 5.6 rebounds) are all scoring in double figures. Dwayne Bacon, Malik Monk (10.3 points) and Marvin Williams are solid contributors offensively as well. The Hornets are 30th in field goal percentage as the team shoots 43.3 percent from the floor. Charlotte is tied for 15th in the league with 11.9 threes per game while ranking tied for 23rd in three-point shooting as they hit 34.7 percent from beyond the arc.

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Charlotte has been brutal in the second game of back to back situations this season. The Hornets are the league’s worst scoring offense and it’s going to be interesting to see if the team has anything left in the tank for this contest. New York is struggling this season but the team has hung in against some quality teams of late. Earlier this month, we saw the Knicks reel off four straight wins, including triumphs over Indiana and Orlando. New York has a day of rest in their favor for this one while the Hornets have to fly in after the game Tuesday night. Give the Knicks a slim advantage in this contest.

Prediction: New York Knicks -1

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This one is a matchup of a pair of teams that have had major issues on the offensive end of the floor. Charlotte is dead last in the league in scoring offense while the Knicks have the third-worst offense in the league. Both teams struggle to shoot the ball with any consistency and they have been decent on the defensive end of the floor. The three-point shooting for both sides leaves plenty to be desired as well. Charlotte is dead last in the league in pace while the Knicks are tied for 21st in that category. That leaves little room for error when it comes to putting points on the board. Look for this one to end up short of the number.

Prediction: Under 206
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Written By Chris Kubala

Christopher Kubala has been crunching stats and following sports for over 30 years. His in-depth analysis and passion for sports have led him to writing books about sports, regularly being featured on sports talk radio and as the go-to person for any obscure trivia. Now he is writing for our team here at Winners @ Whiners. Chris keeps an eye on transactions and statistics like a hawk, especially when it comes to football, both the NFL and college. He is also very knowledgeable in the NHL, the NBA, college basketball and MLB. If you want consistency, then be sure and check out Chris’ content daily.