The New York Knicks will play game one of a three game road trip tonight in Charlotte. I don’t know what to call this Charlotte team: the Bobcats, Hornets, Pelicans, or Chipmunks; but the Knicks should handle them with ease. There’s no doubt that the Bobcats have improved from last season’s embarrassment but the Knicks shouldn’t have a problem tonight. Here’s what you need to know about tonight’s game:
When: Wednesday, December 5th at 7:00 P.M. EST
Where: Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina
Watch: MSG, NBA League Pass
Betting Line: New York Knicks (-7.5)
Knicks’ Key Injuries (Per CBS Sports): Out=Iman Shumpurt (knee) Amar’e Stoudemire (knee), Marcus Camby (foot) Probable – Raymond Felton (hand) Jason Kidd (back)
Bobcats’ Key Injuries: Out- Tyrus Thomas (calf)
When the Knicks Have the Ball: Knicks’ Offense- 102.9 PPG (4th in NBA) Bobcats’ Defense: 101.6 (26th in the NBA)
When the Bobcats Have the Ball : Bobcats’ Offense: 96.0 PPG (19th in NBA) Knicks’ Defense: 94.7 PPG (8th in NBA)
Key Matchup: Kemba Walker vs. Knicks’ Point Guards
The Charlotte Bobcats already have the same amount of wins as they did the entire season last year and December just started. At 7-9 I’m not saying they are printing out their playoff tickets but they are a better team than last year, but they should be no match with the 12-4 New York Knicks.
Kemba Walker has progressed and starting to figure out the NBA game. It’s foolish to say a player isn’t good after a small body of work. Kemba is leading the Bobcats in points, assists, and steals. I don’t think the Bobcats will give the Knicks fits but Kemba can have a big game tonight vs. his hometown team.
With Jason Kidd coming back look for Carmelo Anthony to slip back into the 4 spot where he will go up against the mighty Byron Mullens. I don’t care about his stats; Anthony should have a field day against him. Under Mike D’Antoni the Knicks fell asleep against the Cats last year. Don’t expect that under Mike Woodson on two days rest. Knicks win big tonight.
Prediction: Knicks 112, Bobcats 90