Some think New Orleans will put an end to the Linsanity that has engulfed New York City on Friday. Others think that honor is reserved for the eventual return of the injured Carmelo Anthony.
The thought was that Jeremy Lin and Anthony could be in the starting lineup together on Friday night as the Knicks shoot for their eighth straight win against the Hornets in Madison Square Garden. However, Anthony was ruled out again on Friday morning as he continues to recover from a strained right groin. New York coach Mike D'Antoni said the All-Star could be available Sunday when the Dallas Mavericks visit Gotham.
New York's recent resurgence, of course, has coincided with both Lin's rise from obscurity and Anthony's absence from the lineup. Lin continued his unlikely surge on Wednesday, setting a career high in assists for the second straight day and handing out nine of his 13 helpers in the first half as the Knicks built a big lead on the way to a 100-85 win over the Sacramento Kings.
New York has won seven games in a row for the first time since last season, all with big contributions from the former benchwarmer and new starting point guard.
The Hornets, meanwhile, opened up a six-game road trip on Wednesday by earning a 92-89 win over the Milwaukee Bucks. Marco Belinelli led the Hornets in the victory with 22 points as New Orleans snapped a six-game road losing streak.
Location: Madison Square Garden, New York, N.Y.
Time: 8 p.m. EST
TV: CST (N.O.), MSG (N.Y.)
Odds: Knicks by 9.5