At 7:30 ET, the 14th-ranked Wizards (7-32) will be in Madison Square Garden to take on the 5th-ranked Knicks (24-17). New York is currently favored by 11.5 points and the over/under line is set at 236.5.
This Eastern Conference matchup will be televised on MSG.
WASHINGTON WIZARDS VS NEW YORK KNICKS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Washington Wizards +11.5
This game will be played at Madison Square Garden at 7:30 ET on Thursday, January 18th.
WHY BET THE WASHINGTON WIZARDS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 111-110 in favor of the Knicks.
- Our projections have Jalen Brunson finishing with Jalen Brunson points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists.
- From the field, we have the Knicks finishing with a field goal percentage of 47.1% and knocking down 14 threes.
Do the Wizards Have What it Takes in New York?
When it comes to their ATS record, the Wizards are 18-21 this season, including a 13-9 mark on the road. They have covered the spread in their last two road games and are 7-30 as underdogs this year.
Washington’s O/U record for the season is 21-18, and 29 of their 39 games have had higher over/under lines than today’s line of 236.5. This year, their games have averaged 240.9 points per game.
Washington is coming off a 129-117 loss to the Pistons. They were favored by 6 points in that game and are now 3-14 straight-up at home this season. The game went over the O/U line of 238 points.
In the Eastern Conference standings, the Wizards are currently in 14th place with a record of 7-32. In the Southeast Division, they are in 5th place. On the road, Washington is 4-18 this season.
This season, the Wizards are leading the NBA in pace at 102.5 possessions per game. In terms of scoring, they are 15th in the league at 115.5 points per game. When playing on the road, they are averaging 114.7 points per game.
So far, the Wizards have outscored the NBA scoring average in 56.4% of their games. In terms of field goal percentage, they are 11th in the league at 47%. When it comes to three-point shooting, they are 19th in the NBA at 35%.
Overall, the Wizards are 9th in the league in assists at 27.6 per game. In terms of offensive rebounding, they are 28th in the NBA. When it comes to free throws, the Wizards are 25th in both attempts and makes.
Facing New York, the Wizards aims for a better defensive performance, given their current average of 125.3 points allowed per game (30th). When it comes to forced turnovers, the Wizards are forcing 13.3 per game, which is 19th in the league. They also come into the game sitting 14th in blocked shots at 5.4 per game.
Can the Knicks Pull Out the Win as Home Favorites?
In the Eastern Conference standings, the Knicks are currently in 5th place with a record of 24-17. Within the Atlantic Division, they are in 3rd place.
As 11.5-point favorites, the Knicks will look to improve their record of 17-6 as the favorite. In terms of their ATS record, they are 15-8 as the favorite and 11-6 ATS at home.
New York has won two straight games as the underdog and has an overall record of 7-11 as the underdog this season. Their ATS record as the underdog is 9-9, going 9-9 on the road and 13-11 overall.
The Knicks’ O/U record for the season is 18-22-1, and the under has hit in three straight games. On average, their games have finished with 225.8 points per game compared to today’s O/U line of 236.5.
In their last game, the Knicks defeated the Rockets by a score of 109-94. The O/U line for that game was 223.5, giving the Knicks an ATS win as 7.5-point favorites.
At home this season, the Knicks are averaging 113.2 points per game, which is 23rd in the NBA. Overall, New York is 17th in scoring at 115 points per game. In terms of pace, the Knicks are the slowest team in the league at 96.7 possessions per game.
Heading into this game, the Knicks have outscored the NBA scoring average in 51.2% of their games. In terms of field goal percentage, New York is 23rd in the league at 46%. From beyond the arc, the Knicks are 11th in three-point shooting at 37%.
When it comes to getting to the free-throw line, the Knicks are 7th in the league in attempts at 24.3 per game. In terms of assists, New York is 28th in the NBA at 24 per game. At home, the Knicks are averaging 12.7 offensive rebounds per game, which is 5th in the league.
Coming into the game, the Knicks’ defense has finished two straight games with an increased number of points allowed. Overall, they are 4th in the league at 110.9 points per game allowed. In the terms of takeaways, Knicks are causing 12.7 turnovers per game, ranking 14th in the league. They also enter the matchup ranked 28th in rejections, averaging 3.7 blocked shots each game.