Two teams headed in oppposite directions meet Monday night in the New Orleans Arena. This is the last game of a rough, winless, four-game road trip through the South and Midwest for the Knicks.
New York is 5-14 on the road overall. The Hornets are 12-4 at home.
The Knicks have dropped 10 of their past 12 games, while New Orleans has gone 17-6 since stumbling to a 5-5 start.
This is the first meeting between the two clubs this season. New Orleans swept the two-game season series last year.
New coach Mike D'Antoni has the Knicks scoring more points than they have in several years. The offense, though, fizzled out on Saturday night against the Rockets when they only managed on 76 points.
The defense, on the other hand, has been consistently bad. New York has allowed over 100 points in 10 of their last 15 games.
The Knicks are led by Al Harrington, David Lee, and New Orleans area native Chris Duhon.
If the Knicks are going to beat the Hornets, they are going to have to win the battle in the lane. They may be able to neutralize David West and Tyson Chandler with their own low block duo of Al Harrington and David Lee.
West and Harrington have very similar stats. Both players average about 19 points per game and between six or seven rebounds. Lee has outperformed Chandler this season by averaging a double-double.
The back-court comparison is a different story.
While Chris Duhon has improved substantially in his first season as a full-time point guard, he's no where near Chris Paul's class.
Paul has improved upon last season's numbers when he was the league's runner-up in the MVP race.
Prediction: Hornets win, 104-92.
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