Indianapolis Star
National Basketball Association
Preview
New York at Charlotte
When: 7:00 PM ET, Friday, December 14, 2018
Where: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, North Carolina

The Charlotte Hornets look to record their ninth consecutive home win over New York when they host the Knicks on Friday. Charlotte enters the contest with a season-high three-game winning streak after edging the Detroit Pistons 108-107 on Wednesday.

Shooting guard Jeremy Lamb made the decisive jumper in the win over the Pistons on a night in which he was just 4-of-13 shooting while scoring 13 points as Detroit clearly felt it would be Kemba Walker firing away. "I felt like I couldn't hit anything," Lamb told reporters. "Kemba trusted me with the last shot. I'm just happy it went in." The Knicks have lost five straight games, including Wednesday's 113-106 setback against the Cleveland Cavaliers. "The game was lost in the first quarter, but I am happy with the way we fought back," New York coach David Fizdale told reporters of a 39-23 deficit. "These guys never stop fighting."

TV: 7 p.m. ET, MSG (New York), FS Southeast (Charlotte)

ABOUT THE KNICKS (8-21): Rookie forward Kevin Knox was inserted into the starting lineup against Cleveland and had 19 points and seven rebounds in 33 minutes. "Every game, you're seeing him get a little bit better, doing more things out there for us," Fizdale said afterward. The Hornets saw more than they wanted of Knox while New York posted a 119-107 win on Sunday as the No. 9 overall pick matched his season best of 26 points and collected a season-high 15 rebounds.

ABOUT THE HORNETS (14-13): Walker recorded 31 points, nine assists and eight rebounds in the win over Detroit with his biggest feed being the one to Lamb in the final seconds. "Everybody was expecting me to take that shot. Even my teammates, probably," Walker told reporters afterward. "But I just wanted to try to get to the lane and draw another defender, that's what I did. He made an unbelievable, unbelievable shot. It wasn't the greatest pass but he made me look good on that." Walker, who was just 8-of-25 from the field against the Pistons, is averaging 25.7 points over the past three games.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Walker scored 25 points in Sunday's win in New York.

2. New York SG Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 20 points against the Cavaliers for his fifth 20-point effort in the past six games.

3. Charlotte F Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (personal reasons) is expected back after missing Wednesday's game.

PREDICTION: Hornets 114, Knicks 104
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
New York 8-21 L5 4-9 4-12 2-1 6-20 2-6 5-17
Charlotte 14-13 W3 10-5 4-8 1-1 13-12 5-1 13-8
Last Meeting
New York Charlotte
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
12/9/18 CHA 119 NY 107 107 41 47.3 119 42 48.3
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
New York K. Knox 26 40.0 2
Charlotte K. Walker 25 40.0 5
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
New York K. Knox 15 3 12
Charlotte C. Zeller 7 2 5
Assists Player  
New York N. Vonleh 9
Charlotte K. Walker 6
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
New York T. Hardaway Jr. 677 39.5 147
Charlotte K. Walker 775 43.2 169
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
New York E. Kanter 373 138 235
Charlotte N. Batum 173 32 141
Assists Player  
New York T. Hardaway Jr. 91
Charlotte K. Walker 183
Quickchart Matchup
New York New York Off vs  Charlotte Charlotte Defense
New York Off vs Charlotte - Points For 108.3 Points For
New York Off vs Charlotte - Points Against 110.7 Points Against
New York - FG% 43.8 FG%
Charlotte - FG% 45.9 FG%
New York - Reb 45.5 Reb
Charlotte - Reb 46.4 Reb
Charlotte Charlotte Off vs  New York New York Defense
Charlotte Off vs New York - Points For 113.9 Points For
Charlotte Off vs New York - Points Against 114.9 Points Against
Charlotte - FG% 45.5 FG%
New York - FG% 47.7 FG%
Charlotte - Reb 43.8 Reb
New York - Reb 46.2 Reb