The Knicks will get their first crack at the Charlotte Hornets tonight in a battle of two teams to accelerate their rebuild; The Pacers travel to Sacramento to square off with De’Aaron Fox and the Kings; The Raptors look to get their third win of the season against the potent offence of the Blazers.
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Julius Randle has been a beast this year for the Knicks. He’s averaging 23.2 points per game and 11.8 rebounds. The Kentucky product has scored more than 23.5 points in seven games this year including 29-point effort in New York’s last game. He’ll giving the Hornets defense nightmares tonight.
Bismack Biyombo LESS THAN 7.5 REBOUNDS
Bismack Biyombo should have some struggles against the Knicks revamped defense. New York has the tenth best team rebounding rankings the league, averaging 46 boards a game. Biyombo has tallied more than 7.5 rebounds in just four of Charlotte’s ten games this season. He has also averaged a career 5.3 boards against the Knicks.
The Pacers point guard should have a chance to feast on a terrible Kings defense. Sacramento is allowing 121.0 points a game so there should be a ton of points scored in this matchup come the evening. The Virginia product is producing 23 points a game and has gone over the 22.5 point mark in three games this season. Brogdon is shooting a blistering 47.5% from three-point land.
De’Aaron Fox LESS THAN 22.5 POINTS
The Pacers will be focused on shutting down the Kings’ best offensive weapon. He’ll be more of a distributor this game. He’s scored more than 22.5 points in four contests this season. Fox will be guarded by Brogdon, who's a solid defender. Fox has scored 10 or less points in two out of his last three games.
Damian Lillard will be raining threes on the Raptors tonight. Toronto is on a second night of a back-to-back and he’ll look to take advantage of what should be a tired bunch. Lillard has dropped over 30 points in the five games this season and has 5 or more threes in those games. He’s also averaging a career 24.5 points against the Raptors.
Kyle Lowry MORE THAN 20.5 POINTS
The Raptors go as Kyle Lowry goes and they’ll need him on Monday. He's recorded 41 points in the last two games and hit three three-pointers in those matchups. Lowry is averaging 35.9% from deep and 85.0% from the charity stripe. The Blazers are also allowing a 115.9 points a game.
*The numbers in this article are subject to change at anytime leading up to tip-off of each respective game*
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