Five fearless predictions for Monday’s Charlotte Hornets game against the New York Knicks:
1. A tight rotation, a veteran rotation
Neither Hornets rookie — Malik Monk nor Dwayne Bacon — played against the Portland Trail Blazers, and acting coach Stephen Silas sounded postgame like that will continue to be the approach for now.
2. More Nic Batum
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That Nic Batum scored a season-high 23 points Saturday is no coincidence; Silas is running more plays to feature Batum, whether as a scorer or a facilitator.
3. A huge responsibility for Marvin Williams
The Knicks’ Kristaps Porzingis is 7 feet-plus with guardlike skills. Marvin Williams is the Hornets’ best option to guard him and there’s not really a good second choice.
4. Remember Courtney Lee? He’s going to be problematic
Lee spent half a season very productively with the Hornets before signing with the Knicks. He’s shooting 48 percent from the field and 44 percent from 3-point range.
5. Knicks 104, Hornets 102
Right now, you can’t trust the Hornets to win a close one.
Knicks at Hornets
Monday, 7 p.m.
Fox Sports Southeast /WFNZ 610-AM