Charlotte Hornets vs New York Knicks Prediction, 4/20/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Charlotte Hornets vs New York Knicks
Date: Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Location: Madison Square Garden in New York, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Charlotte (+1.5)
The New York Knicks (31-27) host the Charlotte Hornets (28-28) at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday. New York opens this matchup as 1.5-point favorites. The over/under is set at 217.
The Charlotte Hornets stepped onto the hardwood against the Portland Blazers and walked away with a win by a score of 109-101 in their last contest. Charlotte finished the contest with a 47.0% field goal percentage (39 out of 83) and buried 18 out of their 43 3-pointers. From the free throw line, the Hornets knocked down 13 of their 17 attempts for a percentage of 76.5%. Concerning pulling down rebounds, they collected 46 with 7 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 26 assists in this matchup in addition to forcing 8 turnovers and getting 6 steals. When discussing the defense, Charlotte let their opponent shoot 39.6% from the floor on 36 of 91 shooting. Portland recorded 18 assists and had 7 steals for the game. In addition, Portland pulled down 47 rebounds (13 offensive, 34 defensive) and had 8 blocked shots. Portland finished the contest at 67.9% when shooting free throws by converting 19 of their 28 attempts. They made 10 of their 36 shots from beyond the arc.
Terry Rozier is one guy who was a contributor in the matchup. He accounted for 34 points on 13 of 24 shooting. He saw the court for 39:14 minutes and also totaled 8 rebounds. Rozier finished the game at 54.2% from the field and also distributed 10 assists. Another guy that was a factor in the matchup for the Hornets was Miles Bridges. He pulled down 5 rebounds in his 38:20 minutes played on the night. He finished 50.0% from the field for the matchup by going 7-of-14 (19 points). In all, Bridges accounted for 3 assists.
Charlotte enters this one with a mark of 28-28 for the campaign. They average 110.2 points per game (21st in the league) on 45.9% from the field. The Hornets are connecting on 37.7% on shots from downtown (780 of 2,071) and 77.1% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Charlotte is snagging 43.9 rebounds per game and has racked up 1,494 dimes so far this year, which ranks 7th in the league in terms of passing the rock. They turn it over 15.4 times per game and as a basketball team they are committing 18.1 fouls every game. Defensively, the Hornets are forcing 15.0 turnovers per contest while drawing 18.4 personal fouls. They are currently ranked 29th in the league in giving up assists with 1,539 conceded on the year. The Hornets are giving up a shooting percentage of 46.6% (838 of 1,033) and they surrender 44.7 boards per game as a unit. They are conceding 36.8% on shots from distance and they rank 16th in the league in points per game allowed (111.5).
When they last played, the New York Knicks got the victory with a final of 122-112 when they played the New Orleans Pelicans. The Knicks were able to pull down 36 defensive rebounds and 13 offensive boards totaling 49 for the game. They turned it over 13 times, while getting 9 steals in this contest. The Pelicans had 16 personal fouls in this matchup which took the Knicks to the charity stripe for a total of 24 shots. They were able to bury 21 of those for a clip of 87.5%. Regarding shots from distance, New York knocked down 11 out of 29 attempts (37.9%). When the final whistle blew, the Knicks finished shooting 45 out of 95 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 47.4%. The Knicks allowed the Pelicans to make 41 out of their 101 tries from the field which left them shooting 40.6% for the contest. They went 22.2% from beyond the perimeter by going 6 of 27 and ended up going 24 out of 30 from the free throw line (80.0%). In relation to cleaning up the glass, New York allowed New Orleans to grab 52 in total (20 offensive).
Julius Randle pitched in for the Knicks in this game. He buried 11 out of 28 in the matchup for a rate of 39.3%, and had 5 rebounds. Randle earned 33 points in his 47:14 minutes on the hardwood and added 10 dimes for the game. One more player who was a determining factor for New York was RJ Barrett. He came away with 2 assists in 36:02 minutes played, and he converted 7 of 15 from the floor. Barrett walked away from this one going 46.7% from the floor while also notching 18 points and 4 boards.
New York has a record of 31-27 on the campaign. When it comes to offense, the Knicks are connecting on 45.2% from the field, which has them ranked 22nd in the NBA. New York has earned 6,154 pts on the year (106.1 per contest) and they collect 45.7 rebounds per contest. They are assisting teammates 21.1 times per game (29th in the NBA) and they are losing possession via turnover 13.3 times per game. The Knicks are responsible for committing 20.8 personal fouls per contest while shooting 77.4% from the free throw line. The Knicks are ranked 1st in basketball in points given up per game with 104.5. They have forced 12.9 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 44.1% from the floor (1st in basketball). The New York defense concedes 33.4% on shots from beyond the arc (687 of 2,055) and their opponents are making 75.9% of their free throw shots. They give up 23.1 assists and 43.8 rebounds per contest, which ranks them 5th and 13th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take New York (-1.5)
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