New York Knicks vs. Washington Wizards - 11/4/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Washington Wizards (2-1) at New York Knicks (2-1)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: New York Knicks -1.5 -- Over/Under: 194.5 See the Latest Odds
John Wall and the Washington Wizards invade Madison Square Garden to take on the New York Knicks.
The New York Knicks have been one of the more interesting teams to follow at this early stage of the season. After looking completely lost in the triangle offense on opening night, the Knicks have been able to bounce back quickly and win their next two games. On Sunday, Carmelo Anthony became the 40th player to eclipse the 20,000-point milestone as he scored the final three points of a 96-93 win over the Hornets. Iman Shumpert added 15 points while Amar'e Stoudemire added a valuable 17 points and 10 rebounds in just 26 minutes off the bench, but it was really their improved defense which held the Hornets to 13 fourth-quarter points which sealed the victory. In injury news, Jose Calderon is officially out for at least two weeks after succumbing to his calf injury.
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Meanwhile, the Washington Wizards are coming off a 108-97 win over the Bucks thanks to a balanced offense that had five players finish in double figures in scoring. John Wall led the way with 19 points and 10 assists while Otto Porter Jr, Marcin Gortat and Nene all had 20 points or more. The only real blemish for the team was the ejection of Paul Pierce who displayed immaturity when he complained about a clear path foul call and received back-to-back technical fouls in the first half.
In ATS trends, the Wizards are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games following a win and 28-11 ATS in their last 39 road games, while the Knicks are 5-2 ATS in thir last seven games following a win and 5-0 ATS in their last five against a team with a winning record.
Head to head, the Wizards are 8-18 ATS in the last 26 meetings overall and 2-10 ATS in the last 12 meetings in New York.
This game is basically a coin flip which usually has me leaning towards the home team, but the Wizards swept the Knicks in a three-game series last season and should be able to win yet again.