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The Charlotte Hornets make the trek to Madison Square Garden to face the New York Knicks on Wednesday evening. Charlotte is in the midst of the Eastern Conference playoff race with a 39-38 record and a 19-18 mark on the road. New York is 34-42 overall and 16-21 in home games. Quentin Grimes (knee), Nerlens Noel (foot), Cam Reddish (shoulder), and Derrick Rose (ankle) are out for the Knicks. Gordon Hayward (ankle) is out for the Hornets.

Tip-off is at 7:30 p.m. ET in New York. Caesars Sportsbook lists the Hornets as two-point road favorites, while the over-under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 223 in the latest Hornets vs. Knicks odds. Before you make any Knicks vs. Hornets picks, you need to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s advanced computer simulation model. 

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times and has returned well over $10,000 in profit for $100 players on its top-rated NBA picks over the past three-plus seasons. The model enters Week 24 of the 2021-22 NBA season on a stunning 83-51 roll on all top-rated NBA picks, returning over $2,600. Anyone following it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Hornets vs. Knicks, and just locked in its picks and NBA predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model’s picks. Here are several NBA odds and betting lines for Hornets vs. Knicks:

  • Hornets vs. Knicks spread: Hornets -2
  • Hornets vs. Knicks over-under: 223 points 
  • Hornets vs. Knicks money line: Hornets -130, Knicks +110 
  • CHA: The Hornets are 26-19-1 against the spread in conference games 
  • NYK: The Knicks are 20-26 against the spread in conference games
Featured Game | New York Knicks vs. Charlotte Hornets

Why the Hornets can cover

Charlotte’s offense is far superior to New York’s offense from a statistical standpoint. The Hornets are scoring 113.0 points per 100 possessions, a top-eight figure in the NBA, and Charlotte commits only 13.2 turnovers per game. Charlotte is in the top three of the league in assists (27.2 per game), assist percentage (65.1 percentage), and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.10), and the Hornets are dynamic in transition. The Hornets are No. 2 in the NBA in fast break points, averaging 15.8 per game, and Charlotte also generates 50.4 points in the paint per game. 

The Hornets are an accurate shooting team, making 46.3 percent of field goal attempts and 36.3 percent from 3-point range, and New York’s offense is strongly below-average overall. The Knicks are No. 22 in points per possession, and New York ranks No. 25 or worse in the NBA in fast break points, points in the paint, field goal percentage, two-point percentage, and assists per game.

Why the Knicks can cover

New York’s defense has been potent this season. The Knicks are giving up less than 1.11 points per possession, and land in the top seven of the NBA in several defensive categories. The Knicks are allowing opponents to shoot just 44.6 percent from the field and 34.3 percent from 3-point range. New York also secures 73.7 percent of available defensive rebounds, a top-five mark in the NBA, and give up only 12.4 second-chance points per game. 

New York is excellent in transition, yielding only 11.3 fast break points per game, and the Knicks protect the rim by allowing only 43.3 points in the paint per game. Opponents are averaging only 24.0 assists per game against the Knicks, and New York is also facing a Charlotte team that scuffles on defense. The Hornets are in the bottom third of the NBA in defensive rating, two-point accuracy allowed, assists allowed, defensive rebound rate, second-chance points allowed, and fast break points allowed.

How to make Hornets vs. Knicks picks

SportsLine’s model is leaning over on the total, projecting 227 combined points. The model also says one side of the spread hits in well over 60 percent of simulations. You can only see the model’s Knicks vs. Hornets picks at SportsLine.

So who wins Hornets vs. Knicks? And which side of the spread hits in well over 60 percent of simulations? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Hornets vs. Knicks spread you need to jump on Wednesday, all from the model that has crushed its NBA picks, and find out.  



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