NBA Betting: Hornets set to sting the Raptors

Are the Knicks about to hit the skids?

It can just take one injury to derail the form of even the best team. Two, and you’ve got a major problem. Raymond Felton’s been one of the unsung heroes of the New York Knicks stellar start but the point guard will start up to six weeks on spectator duty when his side visit Sacramento on Friday night.

He may only be shooting 39% and dishing out 6.3 assists per night but his career-high 15.8 points per game, and ability to let Jason Kidd have his rest have been major factors when Carmelo Anthony has been injured. The issue now, of course, is that Anthony is also a doubt to face the Kings after both he and Felton sat out Wednesday’s narrow win against Phoenix.

They should have enough to see off sorry Sacto who aren’t even worth backing on the handicap and with Amare Stoudemire due back next week, there is help on the way. But with a tough stretch coming up that sees New York take on San Antonio, Boston and Chicago, the Knicks could be in for a bumpy spell.

What do have when you put two awful teams together? Answer: A lottery. New Orleans and Toronto are already pinning their hopes on next summer’s Draft but that doesn’t mean the clash of the strugglers isn’t worth a look.

The Raptors had won five in a row before running into San Antonio on December 26 but they’ll miss Jonas Valenciunas for the next month. On the same night New Orleans broke an 11-game skid when they edged out Orlando with Anthony Davis back in the starting line-up.

The Raptors front line looks a little threadbare now without the Lithuanian rookie and New Orleans centre Robin Lopez, along with Davis, could be a two-man swat team that sees the Hornets fly by. Back them on the handicap of -3.

Bet of the Day: Take the Hornets over the Raptors on the handicap at 1.91.