Wizards vs. Knicks - 1/7/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Knicks (5-32) at Washington Wizards (23-11)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Verizon Center)
The Line: Washington Wizards -13 -- Over/Under: 190 See the Latest Odds
TV: MSG, CNSW
The New York Knicks and Washington Wizards square off Wednesday at the Verizon Center.
The New York Knicks have lost 12 straight games and officially tossed in the towel with a recent trade. On the season, the Knicks are averaging 93.1 points on 44.2 percent shooting and are allowing 101.2 points on 46.3 percent shooting. Tim Hardaway Jr. is averaging 11.1 points and 1.6 assists while Jose Calderon is averaging 9.4 points and 4.3 assists. Quincy Acy is grabbing 5.3 rebounds and Shane Larkin is dishing out 2.5 assists. The New York Knicks lack of offense is nearly laughable, as they’re shooting just 37.9 percent from the field in their last five games. Now that J.R. Smith has been traded and talks of Carmelo Anthony sitting the rest of the season, it’s quite clear that the Knicks are tanking the rest of the way for a top lottery pick in the draft.
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The Washington Wizards have split their last 10 games and play their first home game in 2015. On the season, the Wizards are averaging 99.8 points on 47.2 percent shooting and are allowing 97.5 points on 44.6 percent shooting. John Wall is averaging 17.2 points and 10.4 assists while Bradley Beal is averaging 15.3 points and 3.7 rebounds. Paul Pierce is shooting 45.5 percent from the field and Marcin Gortat is grabbing 7.9 rebounds. The Washington Wizards have been slacking defensively as of late, as they’re allowing teams to shoot 50.4 percent from the field in their last five games. The good news is that the Wizards have proven to be one of the more balanced teams in the league and have a SU record of 14-4 at home. The Wizards have beaten the Knicks in five straight meetings.
The Knicks are 8-20-1 ATS in their last 29 games following a S.U. loss and 0-6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Wizards are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest. The favorite is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
The Knicks aren't even trying to win games anymore, as their focus is on next season. While I hate big chalk, I'm not sure how the Wizards don't win this game in a complete blowout. The Knicks don't even have a complete NBA roster anymore due to trades and injuries.