The Knicks clinched a playoff berth earlier this week, but they are still scratching and clawing for a chance to make it into that 4 vs. 5 matchup in the Eastern Conference. Meanwhile, the Hornets are gearing up for the chance to play in the play-in tournament.
Let’s take a deep dive into the different markets with our Hornets vs. Knicks betting pick, complete with the best odds, prop predictions, and analysis.
Hornets vs. Knicks Odds
Here is the current line on Spurs vs. Knicks at DraftKings Sportsbook:
Charlotte Hornets: +5.5 (-110) // +175 // O 211.5 (-112)
New York Knicks: -5.5 (-110) // -210 // U 211.5 (-109)
Let’s take a look at some of our favorite bets for this Hornets-Knicks matchup.
Bets We Like With A Knicks Win
RJ Barrett Over 2.5 Threes (+120)
RJ Barrett might not get the national respect that he deserves, but that’s actually a good thing for bettors. He is always a decent bet to go over on his point totals, but we are going with his three-point total today. It’s tough to beat those +120 odds on one of the better three-point shooters in the NBA.
Yes, Barrett deserves to be in that class of “very good” three-point shooters. We aren’t ready to put him on the level of guys like Steph Curry, Joe Harris, or Duncan Robinson, but Barrett has improved his outside shooting by leaps and bounds.
The second-year wing has hit at least four triples in four of his last five games. He’s shooting 42.9% from deep during that stretch. In fact, over his last 58 games, Barrett is shooting 44.4% from downtown. Hammer these three-point total bets on Barrett until the books adjust.
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Bets We Like With A Hornets Win
LaMelo Ball Over 28.5 Points+Rebounds+Assists (-115)
How could we have a betting preview on a Hornets game without mentioning LaMelo Ball. The likely Rookie of the Year is a do-it-all star who has emerged as one of the most exciting young players in the NBA. He can throw full-court passes like he’s Tom Brady, has the length and savvy to scoop up rebounds, and he has no problem putting the ball in the basket.
We aren’t sure how LaMelo Ball is going to have a big game, but we are pretty sure he is going to go off in his first game at Madison Square Garden.
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Hornets vs. Knicks Prediction, Pick
Sorry if this pick is a bit anti-climactic, but we are going with the Knicks against the spread, again. The Knicks have been the most profitable team in the NBA this season and they are actually historically good ATS. They are 44-25-1 ATS this season and 12-3 ATS as a home favorite. Take the Knicks laying the points and the over on RJ Barrett’s made threes.
Pick: Knicks -5.5
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