The New York Knicks will look to keep their positive momentum on the road against Charlotte despite being without Julius Randle, who dislocated his shoulder in their last game. See whether Randle’s absence will impact our outlook below in the New York Knicks vs. Charlotte Hornets prediction and matchup preview!
New York Knicks Vs. Charlotte Hornets Prediction
The New York Knicks just took a huge hit in their last game against Miami on Saturday when Julius Randle suffered a dislocated shoulder in the final minutes of the bout. Randle will miss this game against Charlotte and could be out for longer, depending on how the Knicks approach the injury.
New York has been on a roll since its acquisition of O.G. Anunoby, a talented forward who had played his entire career thus far in Toronto. Since trading for Anunoby, the Knicks have a 12-2 record and the highest net rating (+15.8) in the NBA; he has proved to be the missing piece for this squad.
Even though the Knicks will miss Randle, this new starting lineup (projected) of Jalen Brunson, Donte DiVincenzo, Josh Hart, O.G. Anunoby, and Isaiah Hartenstein will be quite interesting. Randle’s three-point shooting struggles this season have occasionally caused spacing issues on the offensive end of the floor.
However, with Josh Hart in the starting lineup and Anunoby at the four, the Knicks will have better offensive spacing. They will match up perfectly with an undersized Hornets team—the 7.5-point line feels like a trap, but we just aren’t scared of it, especially since New York is an above-.500 team on the road this season and Charlotte is down several key players. Even LaMelo Ball is a game-time decision.
New York Knicks Vs. Charlotte Hornets Prediction: Knicks -7 (-130)
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New York Knicks Vs. Charlotte Hornets Best Odds
The New York Knicks are 7.5-point road favorites on Monday night against the Charlotte Hornets. New York has Moneyline odds of -310 to win outright without worrying about covering the spread, while the Hornets are +250 to knock off the red-hot Knicks at home. The Over/Under for this matchup rests at 223.5 points, indicating a slower game, which makes sense considering the Knicks are the fourth-slowest team in the NBA.
New York Knicks Starting Lineup
Charlotte Hornets Starting Lineup
New York Knicks Vs. Charlotte Hornets Injuries
After an unfortunate shoulder injury (dislocation) to Julius Randle, he is expected to miss this game alongside Mitchell Robinson (ankle), who will be out for the foreseeable future. Randle’s absence puts a huge dent in the Knicks’ frontcourt, as their starting power forward and center will miss extended time.
Meanwhile, Charlotte will still miss Gordon Hayward (calf), Mark Williams (back), and Kyle Lowry (team decision), while LaMelo Ball (ankle) and Frank Ntilikina (hip) are listed as game-time decisions. Ball’s availability has substantial implications in the betting line of this game, so make sure that you wait to hear whether or not he is playing before betting.
North Carolina Sports Betting Update
There is plenty to be excited about if you are a resident of the Tar Heel state, as North Carolina Sports Betting will launch on March 11th, which is a handful of days before the start of the NCAA Tournament, one of the most widely watched sporting events of the year. March Madness lasts a little over two weeks and features 67 games, all of them bringing in thousands upon thousands of viewers… and bettors!
North Carolina will undoubtedly have plenty of excited bettors ahead of the NCAA Tournament, especially because the state might field four teams in the tournament. UNC, Duke, N.C. State and Wake Forest all have strong odds of dancing in March, giving prospective sports bettors in the Tar Heel state a lot to root for.
Ahead of the launch, we have all things sports betting covered for North Carolina residents, including sportsbook reviews and projected first-time user promotions for DraftKings North Carolina, Bet365 North Carolina, FanDuel North Carolina, and many more!