The New York Knicks (17-37) will be at home in Madison Square Garden when they challenge the Washington Wizards (19-33). New York is a 2.5-point favorite on the opening line, while the game’s Over/Under (O/U) opened at 228.5 points. Action gets underway at 7:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, February 12, 2020.
Washington Wizards vs. New York Knicks Betting Preview
The Wizards defeated the Chicago Bulls in their last outing, 126-114, despite being 3-point underdogs. Bradley Beal led Washington in scoring with 30 points on 12-for-23 shooting. Washington dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a free throw rate of 0.213 (above their season average of 0.203) and a turnover percentage of 14.6 (worse than their season average of 11.4). For those same stats, Chicago had marks of 0.109 and 16.9, respectively. The two teams combined to score 240 points, which finished just under the projected point total of 241.
In the Knicks’ last matchup, they were topped by the Atlanta Hawks, 140-135. Julius Randle was New York’s high scorer with 35 points on 13-for-25 shooting. Atlanta did a fantastic job of getting to and converting from the charity stripe (28-31; 90.3 percent). New York, on the other hand, had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (27.8 vs. 21.2). The two clubs combined to record 275 points, which was well over the projected point total of 225.
New York could dominate the offensive glass in this meeting. The Knicks rank first in offensive rebounding percentage (25.3 percent), while Washington ranks 29th in defensive rebounding percentage (74.9 percent).
These two teams are complete opposites in terms of the O/U total. Washington games have finished over 58.8 percent of the time, while games including New York have finished under 57.4 percent of the time. The Wizards have the better straight up (SU) record (19-33 vs. 17-37), but both teams are right around the .500 mark against the spread (ATS).
These two teams have met twice already this season, each winning once. Randle scored a game-high 30 points in the most recent matchup, in which the Knicks defeated the Wizards 107-100, covering as 3-point favorites. He also had 16 rebounds and six assists. The two teams combined for 207 points, which was 20.5 points below the projected point total of 227.5 points. New York’s 0.512 effective field goal percentage was its biggest advantage over Washington, who had a rate of 0.396.
Wizards at Knicks Free Prediction
Free NBA Pick: SU Winner – Knicks, ATS Winner – Wizards, O/U – Under
The Wizards rank ninth in assists per game (25.6) while the Knicks rank 27th (21.7).
Washington ranks 17th in three pointers attempted per game (32.6) while New York ranks 28th (29.5).
Washington ranks 16th in fast break points per game (12.5) while New York ranks 29th (9.8).
Washington is 13-13 ATS on the road, while New York is 13-12-1 ATS at home.
Of the Wizards’ 26 road games, they have 17 overs and 9 unders.
The Knicks have 16 unders, 9 overs and 1 push in 26 home games.
In games where they allow less than 100 points, New York is 7-3 and Washington is 3-0.
The Knicks are 14-23 when they score above 100 points, while the Wizards are 17-31.
The Wizards average 18.0 points off turnovers per game, which ranks seventh in the NBA. The Knicks rank 19th in points off turnovers allowed per game (17.3).
New York ranks second in second chance points per game (15.0) while Washington ranks 28th in second chance points allowed per game (15.0).
The Knicks rank fourth in points allowed in the paint per game (43.3) while the Wizards rank 26th (52.1).
The Knicks rank fifth in steals allowed per game (6.9) while the Wizards rank 10th (7.3).
New York ranks sixth in rebounds per game (46.4) while Washington ranks 26th (42.5).
New York is 4-0-1 ATS with 2 overs, 2 unders and 1 push in its last five games.
Over its past five games, Washington is 3-2 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders.
The Knicks have outscored opponents by an average of 2.4 points in their last five games. For the season, New York has lost by an average of 6.8 points.
During their last five games, the Wizards have scored an average of 114.8 points per game (0.9 below their season average) and allowed an average of 114.0 points per game (6.3 below their season average).