After winning a crucial showdown in Milwaukee to solidify their hold on the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, the New York Knicks return home to host the Washington Wizardson Friday night. New York has won seven of 10 to open a two-game lead over the Bucks and close within one game of Philadelphia for the No. 7 seed. The Wizards, owners of the second-worst road record in the conference, have lost eight consecutive games to the Knicks.
Wizards Knicks Betting
When: 7:30 PM ET, Friday, April 13, 2012
Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, CSW, MSG
The Opening Line is: New York Knicks Point Spread -10.5 (-110) Money line -10.5 Total 197.5 Click here to Bet at Bovada
Washington Wizards (14-44): The trade of JaVale McGee opened the door for big man Kevin Seraphin, and the former first-round pick has seized the opportunity. Seraphin had an enormous game in Washington’s 93-85 win over Orlando on Tuesday, registering career highs of 24 points and 13 rebounds to go with four blocked shots. Seraphin has started seven straight games and is averaging 16.3 points and 7.9 boards in the stretch. Prior to McGee’s trade, he averaged 3.6 points and 3.5 rebounds.
New York Knicks (30-28): J.R. Smith came to New York with the reputation as a fearless – and, at times, unconscionable – shooter, and he showed off the former in Wednesday’s 111-107 win at Milwaukee. With the Knicks trailing by a point, Smith drilled a go-ahead 3-pointer with 64 seconds to play. That came two games after he was a miserable 6 of 22 against Chicago, but ignited a comeback with a late 3-pointer. He is averaging 14.7 points off the bench in his last six games.
1. Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony is averaging 30 points over his last nine games.
2. The Wizards have lost seven straight at Madison Square Garden, with their last win coming on Dec. 6, 2006.
3. The Knicks won both meetings this season, both at Washington.
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