Knicks’ Randle to miss a few weeks with dislocated shoulder

Knicks’ Randle to miss a few weeks with dislocated shoulder

According to a report from the New York Post’s Stefan Bondy, it’s “probably safe” to say that Julius Randle’s dislocated shoulder injury will keep him out for weeks rather than months.

However, Bondy’s source also told him that avoiding surgery is “not conclusive” yet.

Randle will miss his first game of the season tonight when the New York Knicks (29-17 straight up, 26-18-2 against the spread) play at Charlotte. They’ve won six games in a row while going 5-1 ATS.

In 46 regular-season games, Randle is averaging 24.0 points, 9.2 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game. He’s shooting at a 47.2 percent clip from the field. Randle has hit 31.1 percent of his 3-pointers and 78.1 percent of his free throws.

The Knicks are 12-2 SU and 11-3 ATS in their last 14 games. They’re listed as nine-point road favorites tonight at most spots. The total is 221.5 points, and the Hornets are +320 on the money line.

With Randle out, look for Precious Achiuwa to see increased minutes. Achiuwa was acquired from Toronto last month as part of the trade that brought O.G. Anunoby to New York and shipped R.J. Barrett to the Raptors.

In 14 games for the Knicks while logging 15.5 minutes per game, Achiuwa is averaging 4.1 points and 5.4 RPG. He had 18 points and 11 rebounds in a 126-100 win over Toronto on Jan. 20.