Where: Madison Square Garden; New York, New York
When: 7:30 p.m. EST
How to watch: Fox Sports Southeast, NBA League Pass
The Charlotte Hornets look to get a win at Madison Square Garden against the New York Knicks tonight. This game features two teams that are going in the wrong direction. Both teams are basically out of the playoff race for good so there could be some different lineups and young players involved.
Dwight Howard has been really good for the Hornets lately and is having one of his best stretches in years. The Hornets starting center has three 30-point games in the span of a little over a week. One of those was a 33-point game in a 129-117 win over one of his former teams, the Atlanta Hawks, on Thursday. In addition, Howard also had 30 point games against the Suns and 76ers.
At his scoring pace he’s on, Kemba Walker should pass Dell Curry as the Hornets’ all-time leading scorer before this season ends. With a few games remaining, Walker is almost guaranteed to be the all time leading scorer for the Hornets history. However, he can’t be shut down due to injury or he will have to wait until next season. The two time All-Star has been steady for the Hornets all season long and performs well at the worlds most famous arena.
Meanwhile, the Knicks are embracing the youth movement. Emmanuel Mudiay was acquired by the Knicks at the trade deadline and he has been getting a lot of minutes recently. Trey Burke has been excellent in his NBA return as he continues to score at a high rate off the bench. Michael Beasley is capable of scoring at will when he is in rhythm. The Hornets can’t allow him to have a big night if they want to win.
Saturday’s contest is the third of four meetings between the Hornets and Knicks this season. The Knicks got a, 118-113, home win in the first meeting after the Hornets couldn’t close the game in the fourth quarter. However, the Hornets did get a 109-91 victory over the Knicks at Spectrum Center in the second meeting. Charlotte will be looking to keep building on this four game road trip. After splitting the first two games, the Hornets will look to get a big win in the Big Apple.