The Charlotte Bobcats are set to finish out the 2013 campaign with the worst record in the NBA for the second straight year. Their fate will be sealed on Monday night if they get beaten in their second to last game of the season against the New York Knicks.
It’s any guess as to how hard New York is really going to play in this game. The team locked up the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference over the weekend, and there is literally nothing left to play for in these last two regular season games. We certainly know that Head Coach Mike Goodson is going to play it safe with F Carmelo Anthony, who deserves the rest that he is expected to get. Others that will probably be on the shelf in this one include C Marcus Camby (foot), F Kenyon Martin (ankle), and C Tyson Chandler (neck). F Amare Stoudemire remains out for the rest of the month, and the earliest he could be back is the second round of the playoffs.
Charlotte has been a disaster all season long once again, and the team is a stunningly bad 12-56 SU and 23-44-1 ATS over the course of its last 68 games. The Bobcats have virtually no talent on their team, and they clearly missed with their lottery selection last year of F Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. MKG is just sixth on the team in scoring at 9.0 points per game, and he hasn’t played tremendous defensive ball either.
The Knicks are favored by eight-points on the NBA odds to open, and in spite of the fact that virtually none of the regulars are expected to play, it’s tough to argue. New York has won three of the last four games in this series by at least nine points, and the last four victories over the Bobcats have come by an average of 16.0 points per game.