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New York Knicks vs. Washington Wizards - 12/16/13

Washington Wizards (9-13) at New York Knicks (7-16)

NBA Basketball: Monday, December 16, 2013 at 7:30 pm (Madison Square Garden)

The Line: New York Knicks -3.5 -- Over/Under: 193.5 See the Latest Odds

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Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks host  the Washington Wizards on Monday night from Madison Square Garden.

Head to head, the Wizards are 7-19 ATS in the last 26 meetings and 2-14 ATS in the last 16 meetings in New York while the home team is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings while the favorite is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings. The Knicks are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 home games, 3-13 ATS in their last 16 games following a ATS win and 5-11 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Wizards on the other hand are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a S.U. loss, but just 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 road games vs. a team with a losing home record.

The New York Knicks still have a fair ways to go, but you get the feeling that things are going to turn around soon for this proud ball club. The Knicks enter tonight's game with a 7-16 record, but they are coming off an encouraging 111-106 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night and they have now won three of four at Madison Square Garden after opening the season 1-7 their. Believe it or not, New York is only three games out of the fourth spot in the East, that's how bad the conference is this season.

You have to feel for the Washington Wizards as injuries continue to halt their progress. Just when they manage to climb back to .500, they lose Nene with an achilles injury and boom, they have now lost four straight and find themselves behind eight-ball again. Nene is a huge loss because the Wizards have really struggled without him in the past as they have lost seven in a row when he doesn't play and is 3-24 without the Brazilian forward since the beginning of last season. If Washington could just stay healthy, you would think they could be a top four team in this crappy conference.

The Wizards have lost four straight, but you have to realise that two of those were in overtime and the other was by a single point, so they haven't been far off. I want to believe that New York is turning things around, but I can't get that 41-point home loss to Boston just recently out of my head. If Nene doesn't play, I can see the Knicks taking control against a team with two of it's best three players missing....

Dan’s Pick: New York -3.5

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New York Knicks vs. Washington Wizards - 12/16/13

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