Bettors jumped on the New York Knicks as if they were on a fast break regarding tonight’s matchup against the host Charlotte Hornets.
The line surged from New York -6 to -7.5 on Sunday night at top sports betting apps due to injury factors and recent performances of the hot Knicks and the cold Hornets.
Here is our look at Knicks vs Hornets odds, picks, and predictions.
Knicks vs Hornets Odds: Spread, Moneyline, Total
The injury dynamic threw a betting wrinkle into the contest.
The Knicks are without a key player after Julius Randle suffered a dislocated shoulder in New York’s 125-109 triumph over the Miami Heat on Saturday night.
Also, the Hornets may be without LaMelo Ball, their top scorer, because of an ankle injury. That’s a game-time call.
Sportsbooks made this the last game on the schedule to get a betting line late Sunday. The total opened at 224.
Knicks vs Hornets Betting News
The Knicks seek a season-high seventh straight victory against a Charlotte team saddled with three straight losses.
This red-hot unit has hit a gusher for its backers, delivering money in five straight ATS victories. It has also eclipsed 120 points in three of them, pushing the Knicks to 15th in NBA scoring average with 115.1 points.
New York has shot out to 29-17, a solid fourth positioning in the Eastern Conference.
The Hornets are third from the bottom in scoring at 108 points and traded top player Terry Rozier to the Miami Heat last week in a rebuilding move.
Long term, that was a smart decision. Short term, it leaves them decimated on a night-by-night basis. That’s what gamblers care about now.
The Hornets are in the midst of a lost season at 10-34. The free fall has left them 5.5 games out of the 10th spot for the final play-in berth at season’s end.
They are playing out the string, but they do have homecourt here.
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Knicks vs Hornets Injury News
Knicks fans were breathing easier on Monday morning, as it appeared Randle’s absence won’t be as long as feared. Watch for medical reports on how quickly this dislocated shoulder heals.
On Saturday, Randle was injured in the final quarter of New York’s 125-109 triumph over the Miami Heat.
Randle has been a staple all season. The Knicks will lose his 24 points, nine rebounds, five assists, and consistency. Randle missed only one game and is enjoying one of his finest seasons.
Watch injury reports close to game time.
Ball, Gordon Hayward, and Mark Williams missed Saturday’s 134-122 setback to the Utah Jazz. There is no need to rush them back, although Ball has reasonable odds to start.
Knicks vs Hornets Betting Trends
The Knicks are 12-3 since acquiring OG Anunoby from the Toronto Raptors. He has complemented Randle and Jalen Brunson well.
They have also excelled in a newer, less-publicized area. According to NBA.com, the Knicks had outscored opponents by 239 points in Anunoby’s first 467 minutes, the best performance ever by one player in this category before the Heat matchup.
Totals for the last five games involving the Knicks and their opponents have averaged 219.6.
They crushed the Hornets 115-91 in the teams’ first meeting.
They stand 26-18-2 ATS and 20-26 with the Over.
Their last loss was 98-94 to the Orlando Magic on Jan. 15.
The Knicks will embark on a six-game homestand after this game.
The Over has won two straight and is 3-2 in the last five games.
High-scoring games have been the recent norm. The last five game totals between the Hornets and their opponents have averaged 231.2.
The Hornets gave up 47 first-quarter points to Utah on Saturday night and trailed by as many as 36 before losing by 12.
The last three home games have been extremely high-scoring. The Hornets lost 134-122 to the Jazz and 138-104 to the Houston Rockets, and they defeated the Sacramento Kings 124-120.
The Hornets have a 16-28 record ATS and are 2-8 in the last 10 on ML.
How To Watch Knicks vs Hornets
Game Date: Monday, Jan. 29
Game Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Location: Spectrum Center — Charlotte, NC
TV: NBA League Pass, MSG