The Charlotte Hornets (19-38) will be at home in the Spectrum Center when they take on the New York Knicks (17-40). The Over/Under (O/U) for the game opened at 206 points with New York set as a 1-point favorite. Action begins at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, February 26, 2020, and it can be seen on MSG Network.
New York Knicks at Charlotte Hornets Odds Preview
The Knicks were beaten by the Houston Rockets in their last game, 123-112, but did cover as 13.5-point underdogs. New York’s Julius Randle had a good performance, recording 17 points and 12 rebounds. Houston had a better turnover percentage (11.5 vs. 14.0). New York, meanwhile, had an offensive rebounding percentage of 32.7 (above their season average of 25.2). The two teams combined to put up 235 points, which was over the O/U total of 227.
The last time the Hornets played, they were 4.5-point favorites and were defeated by the Indiana Pacers, 119-80. Miles Bridges was Charlotte’s leading scorer with 17 points on 7-for-16 shooting. Indiana had an effective field goal percentage of 0.628 (above their season average of 0.531). Charlotte, on the other hand, had a better turnover percentage (8.9 vs. 13.2). The two teams collectively scored 199 points, which came in under the O/U total of 210.
The offensive glass could be a major advantage for New York in this showdown. The Knicks currently rank first in offensive rebounding percentage (25.3 percent), while Charlotte ranks 30th in defensive rebounding percentage (74.7 percent).
Of New York’s 57 games, 33 have finished under the O/U total, while 29 of Charlotte’s 56 games have finished under the O/U total. The Hornets have the superior straight up (SU) record (19-38 vs. 17-40), but the Knicks hold the sizable advantage against the spread (ATS) (29-26-2 vs. 26-28-2).
These two teams have already met twice this year, with the Hornets winning both. Terry Rozier scored a game-high 30 points in the most recent game, in which the Hornets defeated the Knicks 97-92, covering as 2-point favorites. He also put up 10 rebounds. The two teams combined to score 189 points, which was 19.5 points below the projected point total of 208.5 points. The Hornets played a nearly perfect game. They had a free throw rate of 0.239 and a great offensive rebounding percentage of 32.0. The Knicks were 0.081 and 18.6, respectively, for those same stats.
Knicks at Hornets Betting Prediction
Free NBA Pick: SU Winner – Knicks, ATS Winner – Knicks, O/U – Under
New York averages 15.1 second chance points per game, which ranks first in the league. Charlotte ranks 19th in second chance points allowed per game (13.4).
New York ranks 15th in steals per game (7.8) while Charlotte ranks 26th (6.6).
The Hornets average 16.1 points off turnovers per game, which ranks 21st in the league. The Knicks rank 22nd in points off turnovers allowed per game (17.5).
New York is 16-12-1 ATS on the road, while Charlotte is 9-14-2 ATS at home.
Charlotte is 3-2 ATS with 4 unders and 1 over in its last five games.
Across its past five games, New York is 2-2-1 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs.
The Hornets’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 8.0, up from 7.9 for the season.
During their last five games, the Knicks have scored an average of 107.2 points per game (2.4 above their season average) and allowed an average of 115.0 points per game (3.2 above their season average).