The Knicks have won two straight games and have looked impressive. Surprisingly, they've managed to accomplish this without stars Carmelo and Stoudemire. The Knicks now travel to the Verizon Center but they are not one of our NBA picks for today.
Tip-off for this matchup is scheduled for Wednesday at 7:00 pm ET at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C.

NBA odds have the Wizards as a slim 1 point favorite and the total is listed at 195.

New York will be without forward Amare Stoudemire' (death in the family) and Carmelo Anthony (groin injury).

Despite the injuries, unexpected players have managed to step their game up to epic proportions.

Jeremy LinThe Asian Sensation!!!

When legendary point guard and one of the greatest basketball players in NBA history Earvin "Magic" Johnson gives high praise to a virtually unknown player, that's something special.

The player being point guard and Harvard graduate Jeremy Lin. Johnson said that he hasn't seen a player burst upon the scene and manage to have the Garden rocking like this in a long time. 

Maybe it's the way that Lin penetrated through all star point guard Deron Williams and wasn't able to contain him. Maybe it's the way that Lin broke down the Utah Jazz defense with his ability to penetrate and score and get others, like defensive specialist Jared Jefferies involved. By the way, Jefferies scored a season high 13 points and that was mostly due to the play of Lin.

Not to take excellent shooting away from an outside shooter but Jeremy Lin was a big part of benchwarmer Steve Novak scoring 19 points on 5 of 8 shooting from the field in just 17 minutes of play. Novak's uncanny ability to knockdown three's with Lin conducting the offense was the difference in a huge win over a good Utah Jazz team.

The next Steve Nash?

It's only been 2 games but Jeremy Lin has many convinced that he's not just a "two game wonderboy" but he's the real deal. He has a lot of similarities to that of Steve Nash of the Phoenix Suns minus the outside shooting. However, that can come in time. The Knicks have to be thrilled with this revelation. In his last 2 games, the Asian sensation has averaged 26.5 points, 7.5 assists, 3.5 rebounds and two steals on 20 of 36 shooting from the field. Lin will be tested as both those games came at the Garden. 

Now he get's to prove if he's the real deal or a flash in the pan as the Knicks visit a weak Washington Wizards ball club. I say that Lin is the real deal. He's virtually unstoppable with his ability to get to the basket. However, he need's to stay in control and make sure that other players like Iman Shumpert get involved or they'll get tired of him real quick. Shumpert is a ballhog and I could see a slight look of frustration on his face against Utah.

Knicks domination

The Knicks have beaten the Wizards in 11 of their last 13 meetings. They've won seven in a row against the Wiz by a combined 10.5 point margain per victory. Can they keep the sharp play or can the Wizards take advantage of the Knicks without Anthony and Stoudemire?

Balls to the Wall!!!

Regardless of their records, this might be one of the best matchups of the night as an overnight sensation in Jeremy Lin faces off against one of the most explosive point guards in the NBA in John Wall. 

Aside from Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder, I don't know of any point guard that has the quickness of John Wall. He will be Jeremy Lin's biggest test to date. Look for Wall to play well here. I don't think that Lin can handle him with such little experience but the question is "can John Wall handle Jeremy Lin defensively?" Stay tuned on all local stations and NBATV to find out the answer.

Wall is coming off of a huge performance of his own. He came up with 31 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds, 2 blocks, and 2 steals on 10 of 19 shooting from the field and 11 of 14 from the foul line. John Wall has size and can do anything that's asked of him or needed by the team. This is a greatly underrated player and the Knicks and Jeremy Lin might find out the hard way despite the Wizards fivewins on the season.

Nick Young, a.k.a "DC Baller"

Aside from the matchup at point guard, let's not forget the dazzling play of 6 foot 7 shooting guard Nick Young. Being that the Wizards are such a lousy team, the play of some really talented players goes unnoticed. Nick Young might possibly be the difference here. He had 29 points and 5 rebounds in his last game in OT against the Raptors and on the season, Young also leads the Wizards in scoring this season at 17.3 points per game. Look for Young and Wall with help from center Javale McGee to lead the way for the Wiz.

Key Head to Head Trends

  • Knicks are 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings
  • Home team is 9-2 ATS in the last 11 meetings

Is it DC or NY?

It's neither as far as my sports betting pick is concerned as this will be a tough game and we'll have to see how Jeremy Lin fare's away from MSG and against a top level guard. However, without Stoudemire and Anthony playing and a Wizards team that averages just 90 points per game, I see this game going under the total.

Wednesday night NBA Pick: Wizards/Knicks under 195