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Can the Hornets keep their winning streak alive and will the Nets claim NYC bragging rights?

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13th January, 2021
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The NBA is now in full swing. I am making predictions some of the interesting match-ups for today’s games.

Some unfortunate news for NBA fans is that there are two games postponed tomorrow, the Jazz, Wizards along with the Orlando versus Boston match up.

The Magic and Celtics game would have been a great game to watch as both teams have had a likeable start to the season.

Mavericks at Hornets
The Charlotte Hornets will be hosting the Dallas Mavericks today in a game that is featuring plenty of young talent such as LaMelo Ball, MVP contender Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis.

The Hornets will look to continue their four-game winning streak in their home arena against Dallas. LaMelo Ball came in breathing range of a second straight triple double in their win against the Hawks on Tuesday.

This will be the last match of Charlotte’s three-game home stand. Gordon Hayward is having playing like a warrior this year as he has averaged 22.5 points per game along with an outstanding 8.4 assists and 5.2 rebounds. The veteran has been a key part of the Hornets’ success so far this season along with all of their young stars.

The opponents of the Hornets today are the Mavericks who are also on a three-win streak. They are looking to make it four in Charlotte.

Tim Hardaway Jr is coming off a career-high monster game as he recorded 36 points.

This performance led the Mavericks to their third straight win on Sunday against the Orlando Magic.

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Dallas was supposed to have a match against the 4-5 Pelicans on Tuesday however along with the two games postponed tomorrow that game was also held back due to Covid-19 protocols.

Despite the Hornets carrying full momentum into this match-up, I expect the Mavericks to end Charlottes four game winning streak and instead gain their own fourth-straight win.

Nets at Knicks
The Nets will travel to Madison Square Garden to face off with the New York Knicks. Kevin Durant will cross the Brooklyn Bridge to take on the Knicks for the first time since he passed up New York’s free agency offer in 2019.

This will be the only time these teams tussle with each other in the first half of the season.

Brooklyn will attempt to go two from two from their back-to-back nights of basketball after they defeated the Nuggets by six points, coming back from a 14-point deficit in the third quarter.

This hit hard as I am a Nuggets fan, Kevin Durant shined again yesterday with 34 points in the Nets win against Denver.

The superb performance from Durant saw him score his third 30-point game of the season. Kevin Durant looks like he just is not ageing with some of his performances this year.

Caris LeVert has been having a start a to the season that he will certainly remember as he has averaged nearly 19 points along with six assists.

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Caris has been a near fill in for the MIA Kyrie Irving, as he has been a great partner for Durant.

The New York Knicks are on a three-game losing streak, with Ls at the hands of Denver, Charlotte, and the Thunder.

Despite the disappointments over those three games for the Knicks, Julius Randle has still been firing with an average of 19 points, to go along with nine rebounds per game over their three straight losses.

If the Knicks want to pull off an upset today, they will have to be firing on both ends of the floor and find a way to stop Kevin Durant.

However, I do not think the Knicks will have the power to pull off a win against Durant and Brooklyn as it has been hard to stop Durant – and I don’t think the Knicks will be the team to do it.