Knicks vs. Wizards - 12/25/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Washington Wizards (19-7) at New York Knicks (5-25)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, December 25, 2014 at 12:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: New York Knicks +5.5 -- Over/Under: 193 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSNB, MSG, ESPN
The Washington Wizards and New York Knicks play Christmas at Madison Square Garden.
The Washington Wizards have split their last four games and are playing their fourth road game of the month. On the season, the Wizards are averaging 100.4 points on 46.9 percent shooting and are allowing 97.1 points on 43.6 percent shooting. John Wall is averaging 17.8 points and 10.4 assists while Bradley Beal is averaging 15.1 points and three assists. Paul Pierce is shooting 43.4 percent from the field and Marcin Gortat is grabbing 8.3 rebounds. The Washington Wizards hope to avoid losing three straight games for the first time this season and will have to improve defensively in order to do so. The Wizards are allowing teams to shoot 46.6 percent from the field in their last five games and have lost four of their last six games when allowing 100 or more points.
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The New York Knicks continue to unravel, as they’ve lost five straight games. On the season, the Knicks are averaging 94.1 points on 45.1 percent shooting and are allowing 100.3 points on 45.5 percent shooting. Carmelo Anthony is averaging 23.7 points and 6.7 rebounds while Tim Hardaway Jr. is averaging 10.7 points on 39.4 percent shooting. Jose Calderon is averaging 4.2 assists and Shane Larkin is shooting 41.6 percent from the field. The New York Knicks lack of offense continues to be their main struggle, as they’re shooting just 43.2 percent from the field in their last five games and have scored under 100 points in seven of their last nine games. The good news for the Knicks is that Amar'e Stoudemire and J.R. Smith are expected to be back on the court after dealing with injuries.
The Wizards are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 vs. NBA Atlantic. The Knicks are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 vs. Eastern Conference and 4-11 ATS in their last 15 home games. The Wizards are 3-10 ATS in the last 13 meetings in New York and 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings overall.
The Knicks have been money ATS against East teams and usually show up during the big, primetime games. I look for the Knicks to come out and actually play one of their better games in this spot against a young Wizards team that usually isn't in these type of games.