NBA Odds & Picks for Hornets vs. Knicks: New York Going For 10-Game Cover Streak (Tuesday, April 20)

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Dave Reginek/Getty Images. Pictured: Head coach Tom Thibodeau of the New York Knicks.

NBA Odds: Hornets vs. Knicks

Hornets Odds+5.5
Knicks Odds-5.5
Time | Channel7:30 p.m. ET | MSG
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The Charlotte Hornets take on the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, with both teams looking to solidify their place in a very condensed Eastern Conference playoff race.

Charlotte is, of course, patiently waiting for the possible return Rookie of the Year frontrunner LaMelo Ball, who recently had an evaluation on his right wrist after having a successful surgery.

The Hornets have played surprisingly competent basketball sans Ball. However, they had lost four straight games before Sunday's eight-point win against the Portland Trail Blazers. The Hornets were 4.5-point underdogs in Sunday's win, so Tuesday represents their first chance to go for back-to-back covers since April 9.

New York has been awesome over its most recent stretch, entering Tuesday night on a very convincing six-game winning streak.

The Knicks have the third-best Defensive Rating in the league this season per NBA Advanced Stats, holding opponents to 107.5 points per 100 possessions. Tom Thibodeau got complete buy-in from everyone on this Knicks' roster and it shows.

With both teams fighting hard to avoid the play-in tournament, expect to see Thibs ride his veterans hard as every game has increased significance late in the season.

Our latest PRO Report shows that sharp bettors are expecting Thibodeau's squad to keep the good times rolling on Tuesday night.

NBA Picks: Hornets vs. Knicks

Sharp Action

The line for Tuesday's Hornets-Knicks game opened at new York -6 before it was pushed down to -5.5 ahead of the game.

Since this morning, there have been two Action Labs Bet Signals triggered on the Knicks, signaling sharp action backing their cause on Tuesday night.

Big Money

At the time of this writing, the 43% of bettors backing the Knicks have generated 78% of the money wagered on Tuesday night's game at MSG.

PRO Report Pick: Knicks -5.5

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