Match predictions: New York Knicks vs Charlotte Hornets – Preview and Team News

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New York Knicks will look to better their home record against visiting Charlotte Hornets

The New York Knicks are looking to get into the playoffs but are not able to have long streaks to secure a safe place. Sudden unexpected losses are adding uncertainty to their chances in the post-season. They have exact .500 records in this season. The Hornets are 7th in the East and have 1.5 games advantage over their current opponents.   

The Knicks had 2 tough Western sides beaten and their the average winning margin is 19. But they might lose games with equal margins also – that has been the uncertainty of their season. But the win against the Mavs will lift their confidence. They have a game against the Hawks before the Hornets matchup. This is the Knicks current streak – W2 

The Hornets had their 4-game winning streak snapped by the Magic in a recent game. Hornets are the second-best scoring team in the league with a huge 6 points improvement from last season. This concludes the Hornets current streak – L1 

Head to head record between New York Knicks and Charlotte Hornets: The Knicks just edge over the Hornets (61-54)

Current season home record for the Knicks: Knicks have exact 0.500 records at home this season (11-11)

Away record for the Hornets at Knicks this season: This would be their first visit this season. (0-0)

Current season Head to head record between Knicks and Hornets: Hornets had a home victory against the Knicks in early November (1-0)

Last 10 Matches record between the Knicks and Hornets: Hornets dominated against the Knicks in the last 10 games. (7-3) 

Game Time: 18/1/2022 19:30 ET, 00:30 GMT (19/1/2022)

Arena: Madison Square Garden, New York

Broadcaster: Bally Sports Network, NBA League Pass

Statistically and team dynamics-wise, the Hornets do have better chances of winning the game against the Knicks. They have multiple players who can score in double figures but defensively they are allowing far too many points to the oppositions.

With the current run of form and an additional rest, the Hornets can win the season series 2-0 this year.    

Star Player for New York Knicks: Julius Randle 

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INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – DECEMBER 08: Julius Randle #30 of the New York Knicks against the Indiana Pacers at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on December 08, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Fans might “boo” the superstar after lost games but he is their only hope right now to make the playoffs. He is the top scorer, assist maker, and rebounder in the team, who does pretty much everything in a game

Perfect Support Cast for Knicks: RJ Barrett and Evan Fournier

Alec Burks had a strong run in November and early December, but that didn’t last long. On the other hand, RJ Barrett’s performance got stronger and stronger in every game. He is 2nd best for the team in nearly every aspect of the game.

Michael Robinson might not be a strong traditional center, but his performances near the rim are important for the Knicks. Evan Fournier is a better option as a supporting cast, in terms of overall productivity.  

Star player for Charlotte Hornets: LaMelo Ball

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Lamelo Ball

Reigning Rookie of the year, LaMelo Ball has improved greatly performing like a 3-4 year pro player. He is the teams’ leader in assists, rebounds, and steals. He can score 25 around points and 5+ assists in a game.

Perfect Support Cast for Wolves: Miles Bridges and Gordon Hayward

Miles Bridges performance had a small dip last season but emerged strongly this season with 7 points improvement per game. His partnership with LaMelo has proved effective and important for the team.

Gordon Hayward might not the superstar he used to be, but still, he provides a handful of points and assists in the game. His average stats are 17 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists in-game. 

Team News for New York Knicks vs Charlotte Hornets

Home team new signing Cam Reddish will need to wait for his Knicks debut. Also, guard pair Walker and Rose will also be questionable for the game.

Charlotte team will be expecting the return of Kelly Oubre Jr.

According to odds from , New York Knicks are favored to beat the Charlotte Hornets.

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