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Charlotte Hornets vs New York Knicks: Injury report, predicted lineups and starting 5s - April 20th, 2021 | NBA Season 2020-21

New York Knicks v Charlotte Hornets
New York Knicks v Charlotte Hornets
Evan Tiwari
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Modified 20 Apr 2021
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The New York Knicks will lock horns with fellow playoff hopefuls, the Charlotte Hornets, at Madison Square Garden tonight. The Knicks are sixth in the Eastern Conference with a 31-27 record, while the Hornets are in eighth spot courtesy of a 28-28 record.

Charlotte Hornets vs. New York Knicks injury report

Charlotte Hornets

Charlotte Hornets v Brooklyn Nets
Charlotte Hornets v Brooklyn Nets

The guard duo of Malik Monk and LaMelo Ball are sidelined with ankle and wrist injuries, respectively. Gordon Hayward is out through April following a foot problem. Nate Darling will miss out because of an ankle injury.

Devonte' Graham's status is questionable due to a quadriceps issue.

New York Knicks

Toronto Raptors v New York Knicks
Toronto Raptors v New York Knicks

Alec Burks is out indefinitely because of the league's health and safety protocols. John Henson won't be able to participate because of a calf issue, while center Mitchell Robinson is doubtful to return this season after undergoing foot surgery.

Charlotte Hornets vs. New York Knicks predicted lineups

Charlotte Hornets

The Charlotte Hornets will start the game with the guard duo of Terry Rozier and Cody Martin. Rozier is having a breakout season, tallying 20 points and 4 rebounds on an impressive 40% shooting from downtown.

Miles Bridges will start at small forward, while Jalen McDaniels will take up the other forward spot. Vernon Carey Jr. will be the team's starting center.

Bismack Biyombo and Brad Wanamaker will come off the bench to play significant minutes for James Borrego's team.

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New York Knicks

Head coach Tom Thibodeau will field a backcourt of Elfrid Payton and Reggie Bullock, with sophomore RJ Barrett taking up the small forward position. Julius Randle, who has been in sublime form lately, will start at the 4. Randle has put up 23.7 points, 6 assists and 10.5 rebounds, along with a steal, shooting 40% from the deep.

Nerlens Noel will start at the center position in Mitchell Robinson's absence.

Charlotte Hornets vs. New York Knicks predicted starting 5s

Charlotte Hornets

Point Guard - Terry Rozier l Shooting Guard - Cody Martin l Small Forward - Miles Bridges l Power Forward - Jalen McDaniels l Center - Vernon Carey Jr.

New York Knicks

Point Guard - Elfrid Payton l Shooting Guard - Reggie Bullock l Small Forward - RJ Barrett l Power Forward - Julius Randle l Center - Nerlens Noel

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Published 20 Apr 2021
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