NBA Experts picks tonight - Knicks vs Hornets March 7, 2023

NBA Experts picks tonight - Knicks vs Hornets March 7, 2023

 

Odds

Time 7:30 p.m. EST
Hornets money line +270
Hornets spread +8 (-110)
Knicks money line -385
Knicks spread -8 (-110)
Over / under  

 

2022-2023 season stats

  Charlotte Hornets New York Knicks
Record 20-46 39-27
Road / home record 9-26 19-15
Streak L2 W1
Points per game 112.00 115.00
Points allowed per game 118.00 112.00
Rebounds per game 44.00 46.00
Rebounds allowed per game 46.00 42.00
Over / under record 29-37 35-29-2
 

Preview

The Charlotte Hornets are set to take on the New York Knicks in what is sure to be a highly anticipated matchup. With the Knicks sitting comfortably in the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference standings and the Hornets at the bottom, this game will be a test for both teams. The Hornets will be looking to turn their season around and get a much-needed win, while the Knicks will be looking to extend their winning streak to ten games. The Knicks have already shown their dominance in both of their previous meetings with the Hornets this season, but anything can happen in the NBA. In this article, we will provide an in-depth analysis of both teams, their strengths and weaknesses, and make a final prediction. If you're looking for expert advice on tonight's game, be sure to check out our NBA Experts picks with spread on Kingpin.pro.

 

Charlotte Hornets

The Charlotte Hornets have had a rough season, sitting at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings with a record of 20-46. Their struggles against Eastern Conference opponents with a record of 11-31 have been compounded by the absence of LaMelo Ball for the remainder of the season due to an ankle injury. Ball had been averaging 16.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 6.4 assists per game, making his absence keenly felt by the Hornets.

In Ball's absence, Terry Rozier has stepped up as the team's leading scorer, averaging 20.5 points and 4.8 assists per game. Rozier has shown that he can take on a bigger role in the offense and will need to continue his strong play if the Hornets hope to be competitive against the Knicks. Miles Bridges has also been an important contributor for the Hornets, averaging 19.4 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. Bridges' athleticism and scoring ability will be crucial in keeping the Hornets in this game.

The Hornets have been inconsistent in their last ten games, going 5-5 and averaging 111.4 points per game. They have struggled defensively, allowing their opponents to score an average of 114.0 points per game during that stretch. The Hornets will need to tighten up their defense and limit the Knicks' scoring if they hope to have a chance at winning. With the Knicks currently riding a nine-game win streak, the Hornets will need to bring their A-game to come away with a win.

Their most recent win came against the Pistons, where they pulled out a 117-106 victory. In that game, Rozier led the way with 33 points, while Bridges added 26 points and 6 rebounds. The Hornets will need similar performances from their top players if they hope to compete against the Knicks.

The Hornets' struggles this season have been exacerbated by injuries, with Ball being just one of several players that have missed significant time. Cody Martin is currently out with a knee injury, further depleting the Hornets' depth. The team will need to rely on their remaining players to step up and fill the void left by Ball and Martin.

In conclusion, the Hornets have had a disappointing season so far, but they have shown signs of improvement in recent games. However, facing off against a red-hot Knicks team with the return of fans in the Madison Square Garden will be a tough challenge. The Hornets will need Rozier and Bridges to continue their strong play and tighten up their defense to have any chance of pulling off an upset.

INJURIES: LaMelo Ball: out for season (ankle), Cody Martin: out (knee).

 

New York Knicks

The New York Knicks have been on fire lately, winning their last nine games and climbing up the standings in the Eastern Conference. They have been dominant against Eastern Conference teams with a record of 28-16. The Knicks are ranked second in the Eastern Conference with 12.5 offensive rebounds per game, led by Mitchell Robinson who averages 4.2 rebounds per game. Robinson's strong presence in the paint has helped the Knicks control the boards and create second-chance opportunities.

Julius Randle has been the standout performer for the Knicks this season, averaging 24.0 points, 10.2 rebounds, and 6.0 assists per game. Randle has been on fire in the last ten games, averaging 28.2 points and leading the team in scoring during their winning streak. Jalen Brunson has also been a key player for the Knicks, averaging 23.9 points and 6.2 assists per game. However, Brunson will be out with a foot injury for this game.

In addition to Randle's impressive scoring, the Knicks also have key contributors in RJ Barrett, who has been averaging 17.6 points per game, and Derrick Rose, who has been a reliable veteran presence on the team.

The Knicks have been dominant on the boards this season, ranking second in the Eastern Conference with 46.5 rebounds per game, and with Mitchell Robinson averaging 4.2 offensive rebounds per game, the team has been able to generate multiple scoring opportunities off of second-chance points.

They have also been playing exceptional basketball on both ends of the court, averaging 122.7 points and 4.9 steals per game during their win streak. Their defense has also been solid, holding their opponents to an average of 112.2 points per game. The Knicks will look to continue their strong play and extend their winning streak against a struggling Hornets team.

The Knicks have been dominant in their last ten games, going 9-1 and averaging 122.7 points per game. They have been playing excellent defense, allowing their opponents to score an average of 112.2 points per game during that stretch. The Knicks' defense has been one of the best in the league this season, and they will look to continue their strong play against the Hornets.

INJURIES: Jalen Brunson: out (foot). Brunson missed Sunday's game against Boston due to his sore left foot, and it's not yet clear whether he'll be available Tuesday.

 

BETTING TRENDS

The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Charlotte's last 7 games.

Charlotte are 5-10 SU in their last 15 games.

Charlotte are 8-4 ATS in their last 12 games against New York.

Charlotte are 1-8 SU in their last 9 games on the road.

The total has gone OVER in 14 of Charlotte's last 18 games when playing on the road against New York.

New York are 9-0 ATS in their last 9 games.

The total has gone OVER in 4 of New York's last 5 games.

New York are 9-0 SU in their last 9 games.

New York are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games at home.

 

Prediction

The Knicks have been one of the hottest teams in the league lately, and it doesn't look like they'll slow down anytime soon. Their offense has been firing on all cylinders, and their defense has been stifling opponents, making it hard for them to score. On the other hand, the Hornets have been struggling, especially on the defensive end. They've been allowing their opponents to score an average of 117.4 points per game over their last ten games, and that doesn't bode well for them against the Knicks.

With LaMelo Ball out for the season, the Hornets' offense has taken a significant hit. Terry Rozier has been doing his best to lead the team, but he'll have a hard time scoring against the Knicks' tough defense. Meanwhile, Julius Randle and RJ Barrett will be looking to continue their excellent play on the offensive end, and they should have plenty of opportunities to do so against the Hornets' weak defense.

It's hard to see a scenario in which the Hornets come away with a victory in this one. The Knicks are just too good right now, and the Hornets are too depleted without their star player. Even though the -8 point spread is quite significant, it's still reasonable to think that the Knicks will cover it easily. They have been winning by an average of 13.7 points during their current nine-game winning streak, and there's no reason to think that they won't continue to dominate.

In conclusion, the Knicks are the clear favorites in this matchup, and they should come away with a comfortable victory. The Hornets will have a tough time keeping up with the Knicks' potent offense and suffocating defense, and it's likely that they'll fall short once again. As always, be sure to check out our NBA Experts picks tonight on Kingpin.pro for more insights and analysis.

 

PICK: Knicks -8 (-110)

 

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