Bovada NBA Odds: New York Knicks vs Charlotte Bobcats
Thursday, April 26, 2012
by Bovada Sportsbook
If the totally terrible Charlotte Bobcats don’t want to finish the season with the worst single-season winning percentage in NBA history, they must beat the visiting New York Knicks on Thursday on the final night of the regular season. There will be live play-by-play betting at Bovada Sportsbook’s NBA odds for this game.
Charlotte (7-58) lost its 22nd straight game on Wednesday night, falling 102-95 at an Orlando team that was without several key players due to injury. The longest losing streak in NBA history is 26 games by Cleveland last season. Should the Bobcats lose their finale against the Knicks, their 7-59 record and .106 winning percentage would eclipse the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers and their mark at .110, when they went 9-73.
Of course the Bobcats are owned by Michael Jordan. So wouldn’t it be ironic to have Charlotte end the season with loss No. 23 in a row – of course MJ wore No. 23. In addition, MJ’s 1995-96 Chicago Bulls set the NBA record for the best winning percentage of all-time, going 72-10 (.878). By the way, a 23-game losing streak would be the longest to end a season in NBA history, surpassing a 19-game run of futility by the Cavaliers to close the 1981-82 campaign. At least the Bobcats will have a 25 percent chance of winning the NBA draft lottery and taking Kentucky star Anthony Davis.
Charlotte could well win tonight because the Knicks have nothing to play for. Carmelo Anthony said he probably won't play. Tyson Chandler said that if he takes the floor, it will be in limited minutes. Coach Mike Woodson is going to check with his players before making any decisions.
If the Knicks win, they are locked into the seventh seed in the East and will open the playoffs vs. the Miami Heat. The only way the Knicks finish eighth in the East and open against the Chicago Bulls is if they lose and the Philadelphia 76ers win at Detroit – the Sixers also will be resting key players.
One of the Bobcats’ wins this year came against New York and it was one of Charlotte’s three road wins. That was on Jan. 4, a 118-110 victory at Madison Square Garden when the Bobcats shot a season-high 55.3 percent from the field. New York won the next two meetings, one close and one a blowout.
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