Washington Wizards versus New York Knicks NBA Pick 3-1-2013

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The 34-20 New York Knicks will travel to play the 18-38 Washington Wizards in an NBA pro basketball game on Friday night. Tip off time from Washington is scheduled for 7PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by the NBA League Pass Channel.

The odds from this NBA game have the road team New York Knicks favored by -3 points. There has been no movement in the line since the odds came out a few hours ago.

The teams met twice this season with each team winning and covering the point spread on their home court. Both games played over the total.

New York has a road record of 13-12 on the year. The Knicks win their second straight all at home in at 109-105 home win against the Golden St Warriors as a -7 ½ point betting favorite. The game landed over 205 points. The Knicks shot just 41.4% from the floor along with 11 of 34 from three. They give up 50% shooting to the Warriors and still win because the Knicks had eight more rebounds and forced 18 Golden St turnovers. New York also attempted 12 more free throws. Carmelo Anthony had 35 points and 8 assists and he made 13 of 15 free throws. If the Knicks will be a serious contender in the post season they will need better defense as they rank in the lower half of the NBA in defensive field goal and three point shooting percentage.

The Wizards are 13-16 on their home court. Washington’s three game win streak is snapped in a 96-95 home defeat on Wednesday to the Detroit Pistons as a -6 ½ point betting favorite. The game ended right at the closing line of 191 points. Washington blows a 12 point lead after three quarters. They shot 47.6% from the field and connected on 8 of their 19 three pointers. The Wizards lose the game on defense by allowing the Pistons 54.2% shooting along with 9 of 15 from beyond the arc. Trevor Ariza off the bench had 22 points and 6 rebounds on 7 of 13 shooting. The Wizards have improved their play of late since the return of John Wall. They enter play 29th and second to last in both field goal and three point shooting offense.