Knicks vs. Wizards Pick
Who Oddsmakers Like: According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Wizards are a 9-point favorite on the spread line. The total is set at 211 points. The spread remains where it opened, while the total has risen from 210 points.
Who the Public Likes: As of Wednesday afternoon, 67 percent of public bets have been placed on the Wizards.
Injury Report: Knicks shooting guard Tim Hardaway Jr. has a stress reaction in his lower left leg and is out until mid-January. Point guard Ron Baker has an orbital fracture and his status is questionable. Washington doesn't have anyone of significance who is injured.
Who the Trends Like: New York is 1-5 ATS in its last six meetings overall and 1-3-1 ATS in its last five meetings in Washington. The over is 5-2 in the last seven meetings.
Who We Like: New York has lost five of its last six games, a stretch where Kristaps Porzingis has returned to health after missing a few games with a sprained ankle. The only losses by nine or more points in that stretch were a pair of defeats against San Antonio. While the Wizards are a solid team, I expect the Knicks to show some desperation tonight and stay within the number. Look for Porzingis to put his team on his back.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: NEW YORK KNICKS +9