New York Knicks vs. Charlotte Bobcats
The New York Knicks go for their seventh straight win on Friday night as they host the improving Charlotte Bobcats from Madison Square Garden. The Knicks are -13.5 point favorites over the Bobcats with an over/under point total set at 199.
Head to head, the Bobcats are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings in New York while the road team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the underdog is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings. The Knicks are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400, 6-0 ATS in their last 6 vs. Eastern Conference and 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Bobcats on the other hand are 6-22-1 ATS in their last 29 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600, 5-17 ATS in their last 22 games following a S.U. win and 7-18-1 ATS in their last 26 road games.
With Miami and Denver’s massive winning streaks coming to an end this week, the New York Knicks suddenly find themselves as the new owners of the NBA’s longest winning streak at six games following their 108-101 win over the visiting Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday. The Knicks have been crushing teams during their streak with an average winning margin of 12 points per game and they actually led the Grizzlies by as many as 30 points at one stage before the letting them come back in the fourth quarter. The Charlotte Bobcats come into tonight’s match in some decent form, having won four of eight after defeating the Orlando Magic at home on Wednesday despite trailing by 19 points at quarter time.
As I just touched on, the Bobcats have won four of eight, but all of those wins have come at home. Charlotte has been just horrible on the road this season and come into tonight’s game having dropped eight straight away from home by an average of 23.3 points per game. Just to put it into perspective how bad they have been on the road recently, each of their eight losses have come by 14 points or greater and that includes losses in Toronto, Washington and Sacramento.
Given how hot the Knicks are at the moment and the fact that the Bobcats can’t get within 15 points of anyone away from home, this is a no-brainer pick, it’s that simple.
New York Knicks -13.5 Charlotte Bobcats