Knicks vs Hornets Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for December 9 (New York Unmoved by Underperforming Charlotte)

Devon Platana
New York Knicks vs Charlotte Hornets prediction, odds and betting insights for NBA regular season game.
New York Knicks vs Charlotte Hornets prediction, odds and betting insights for NBA regular season game. / AP Photos/Sue Ogrocki
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Knicks vs Hornets Game Info

  • Date: Friday, December 9, 2022
  • Time: 7:00 PM ET
  • Venue: Spectrum Center -- Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Coverage: NBA League Pass, Bally Sports Southeast

The 2022-23 NBA season rolls on with 10 matchups slated for Friday, Dec. 9, including an Eastern Conference tilt between the New York Knicks (12-13) and Charlotte Hornets (7-18).

The Knicks have slowly begun turning things around, winning for the second straight game with a 113-89 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday. Meanwhile, the Hornets have lost 15 of their last 20 games, as well as each of their last three outings, picking up a 122-116 loss to the Brooklyn Nets two nights ago.

Can the Knicks keep the ball rolling with their third consecutive victory? Or will the Hornets snap out of their funk with a strong effort at home?

Knicks vs Hornets Odds & Spread

  • All NBA betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
  • Moneyline: NYK: (-148) | CHA: (+126)
  • Spread: NYK: -3 (-110) | CHA: +3 (-110)
  • Total: 224 -- Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)

The Knicks enter this contest as slight road favorites on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 9 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 224 points, which is the third-lowest of Friday's projected totals.

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Knicks vs Hornets Betting Trends

  • New York is 3-1-1 against the spread (ATS) in its last five games.
  • Charlotte is 3-13 straight up in its last 16 games against the Eastern Conference.
  • The total has hit the under in seven of New York's last nine road games.
  • The total has hit the over in four of Charlotte's last six games against New York.

Knicks vs Hornets Prediction & Pick

While neither team has looked like an NBA contender this season, the Hornets have been downright horrible. They own the fifth-worst offense in the league (109.6 PPG), only hit 44.7% of their shots (No. 28) and boast a minus-4.0 scoring margin at home (third-worst).

Are the Knicks perfect? No, but they're on a two-game winning streak and have also been victorious in each of their last two road outings. They're also getting contributions from their key players, with Julius Randle coming off Wednesday's double-double (34 points, 17 rebounds) and Jalen Brunson averaging 21.3 points over his last 10 games.

Considering that the Hornets are still without star playmaker LaMelo Ball, I don't see them keeping up tonight. Give me the Knicks winning for the third time in a row tonight.

Final Score Prediction: Knicks: 118 | Hornets: 106

Knicks vs Hornets Best Bet

Julius Randle has been playing some great basketball lately, averaging 24.0 points over his last eight games. Even though his projected point total for tonight is set at 23.5 points, I don't predict that he'll continue that success tonight — at least not at those heights.

Randle has finished with 24 or more points in just four of his last 10 games. He's also only hit the over on that prop in three of his previous 18 games against the Hornets. With Charlotte also allowing the sixth-fewest points to power forwards this season, err on the side of caution by taking the under on this prop.

Bet: Julius Randle Under 23.5 Points (-113)


Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Devon Platana also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username PepeSilvia0. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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