Trends Point Hornets & Knicks Way This Wednesday Night

Carmelo Anthony

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 3:44 PM GMT

Look for the New York Knicks and Charlotte Hornets to cover the spread if recent NBA trends hold up. Situational plays also point to plenty of over-under action on the card as well, including a pick on the total in the Trail Blazers-Warriors nightcap.

Thunder vs Hornets (-2)

Trends to consider: MVP favorite Russell Westbrook will be on the court, but it is the Hornets' top candidate Kemba Walker looking to steal the show. Since being drafted, Charlotte is 25-14 SU (64%) and 23-16 ATS (59%) as a home favorite of 3-points or less with Walker leading the attack. When the point guard drops 17 points or more, the team's record jumps to 22-6 SU and 20-8 ATS in this situation. The former NCAA champion has put up this many in every home game but one in 2016.

The Thunder are just 2-6 SU and ATS on the road against foes with a positive points differential this year, posting just 94.8 points per game against a 4.2 average line and a 209.3 average total . The Hornets enter with a 2.1 difference.

The favorite is also 10-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings between the two.

Free NBA Pick: Hornets ATS

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Hawks (-3.5) vs Magic

Trends to consider: The UNDER is 11-6 when the Hawks take to the road this season. Nine of these games have come against opponents with a negative average scoring margin. The combined score has stayed under in all but one. Atlanta's defense is the difference maker in this spot, holding foes to 9.5 points below their projected team total per game.

The UNDER is 27-7 in the Magic's last 34 against a team with a winning record.

Free NBA Pick: UNDER

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Bucks (-1) vs Knicks

Trends to consider: The Knicks have treated fans at The Garden with some entertaining and high-scoring games this season, particularly when good teams come to town. The OVER is 7-2 when hosting opponents with a winning record.

The Knicks are also 9-2 SU and ATS when tipping off as favorites this season. The game opened a pick ‘em with early action pushing the line in the Bucks' favor (-1). Watch to see if the spread crosses the fence later in the day.

Milwaukee struggles on the road against good scoring teams. Versus those averaging 102.5 points or better per night, they are 1-6 SU and ATS. The Knicks light it up for 105.4 per game.

New York is 16-5 ATS in its last 21 games coming off an ATS loss. Healthy Kristaps Porzingis or not, expect a good effort from the home team tonight.

Free NBA Pick: OVER; Knicks ATS

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Trail Blazers vs Warriors (-15)

Trends to consider: The OVER is 7-2 when the Warriors tip off at Oracle Arena this season versus a team averaging a combined game score of 208 points or more entering the matchup. Bettors see an average score of 239.8 points per game in this spot, the number soaring more than 11 points over an average 228.2 game total. The Trail Blazers play to a 218.1 average result.

Free NBA Pick: OVER

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