The NBA season rolls on and we go straight in early on this time with a pick in order to try and take advantage of some poor lines early on.
WAS Wizards -3.5 to beat NY Knicks @ 1.74 (MarathonBet) – 3 points
The Knicks are in dire straights as we speak; with a 1-9 record in their last 10 games and 5-25 overall; they look set to end up at the bottom of the pile in the NBA and with not many tradable assets, this season looks effectively done for them. Anthony might opt for surgery on his hurting knees soon, which would ensure that the Knicks would definitely tank off this season top probably land a top 5 pick in the draft in the coming year. Their seasoned veterans Stoudemire, Calderon, Dalembert, JR Smith are among the few who promised a lot; but have done nothing to help Anthony in his aide to try and put in a decent performance.
The Wizards and Knicks met up in early November, when the Wizards thrashed the Knicks by 15 points; and now on current form, it looks like something similar is bound to happen. The Wizards have had a few bad losses in their last 2 games against the Bulls and Phoenix, but have generally fared well against teams in the bottom half of the NBA. They are 19-8 so far this campaign and with a strong starting five boasting Wall, Beal, Pierce, Nene and Gortat; its no surprise that this team is sitting right up there in 3rd spot in the East. Their defense has improved a lot that sees them with conceding only 97 points per game for the 5th best in the NBA; and will rely a lot on that plus their good offense to ensure they nab this Christmas day victory against the Knicks.
The Knicks have lost 15 of their last 16 Christmas day games, as well as 7 straight at home, while the Wizards are aiming for their 5th straight win against the Knicks, and looking at the strength and form of the 2 teams, I can definitely have confidence backing the Wizards tonight.