Golden State Warriors all-star forward David Lee is suspended one game for his involvement in a fight during Tuesday’s loss to the Indiana Pacers and will not play against the New York Knicks Wednesday.
Oddsmakers opened Golden State as a 6.5-point road underdog in New York. But following the fight and expected suspension, the spread rose as high as +8.
“He’s worth about a point,” an oddsmaker for CarbonSports.ag told Covers. “He doesn't really affect the line all that much. If it was Stephen Curry it would be a different story.”
According to CarbonSports.ag, 67 percent of wagers on the spread are taking the Warriors to cover versus the Knicks, who have lost five of their last seven outings and boast a 0-6-1 ATS record in that span. Around 83 percent of action is on the over 205 points.
Lee is averaging 19 points and 11 rebounds per game this season. He played five seasons for New York from 2005 to 2010.
Pacers center Roy Hibbert was also suspended one game for the skirmish. Indiana faces the Los Angeles Clippers Thursday. Oddsmakers sent out Indiana as a suggested 3-point home favorite.