The New York Knicks (6-5) travel to face off against the Washington Wizards (2-9) on Friday, November 17th. This game will be played at Capital One Arena in Capital One Arena and televised on MNMT. The Knicks are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Wizards are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Hawks. Tip-off is set for 7:00 ET.
The Knicks Are Coming Off A Win
In the Knicks’ most recent game against the Hawks, Julius Randle led the Knicks with 29 points while going 12/24 from the field. As the Knicks secured the victory with a final score of 116-114, Jalen Brunson also chipped in with 24 points.
Facing the Wizards today, the Knicks look to maintain their record above .500, which currently stands at 6-5. So far, the Knicks have gone 4-4 when playing against Eastern Conference teams and 2-1 in non-conference contests.
Against the spread, New York have an above .500 record vs. the spread sitting at 8-3 ATS. New York has covered the spread in three straight home games and are 4-1 ATS at home compared to 4-2 on the road.
The Wizards Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
The Wizards’ most recent matchup against the Mavericks saw Kyle Kuzma lead the Wizards with 22 points while shooting 6/18 from the field. Jordan Poole contributed 16 points, but Washington lost the game 130-117.
So far this season, the Wizards has a record of 2-9, as they look to get closer to the .500 mark vs. the Knicks. Throughout their 11 games, the Wizards have posted a 1-8 record against Eastern Conference opponents, while going 1-1 in non-conference matchups.
Washington currently has an ATS record below .500, sitting at 5-6 at this point. In their last three home games, Washington has been unable to cover the spread, and they maintain an ATS record of 1-3 at home compared to 4-3 on the road.
Knicks Offense Breakdown
Through 11 games the Knicks are averaging 109.1 points per contest, placing them 25th in the NBA. The Knicks come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 13.6 made 3’s per game. If the New York offense is going to improve, they would benefit from attacking the basket and generating looks at the line. So far, they are ranked just 17th in made free-throws per game.
Wizards Offense Breakdown
Coming into today’s action, Washington is averaging 115.5 points per contest. This figure places them 8th in the league. Coming into today’s game, the Wizards will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 12.6 made 3’s per game. If the team is going to improve their scoring numbers, they will need to become more efficient with their shots as Washington is already one of the leaders in pace, averaging 103.8 possessions per game.
Knicks Team Defense
So far this season, the Knicks defense has been performing well, ranking 1st in the NBA at 105.2 points allowed per contest.
For the season, New York is ranked 29th in fewest fouls per game. Team’s are averaging 19.5 free-throws per game vs. the Knicks and have an overall field goal percentage of 47.1%.
Wizards Team Defense
At present, the Wizards’ defense is ranked 28th, allowing 123.2 points per game.
In their previous matchup vs. the Mavericks, the Wizards’ defense struggled, giving up a field goal percentage of 52% leading to 130 points.
Key Players For The Knicks And Wizards
Our game forecasts for today suggest that Jalen Brunson is set to be the main scorer for the Knicks, recording 16 points and shooting 6/12 from the field. During this season, he is delivering an average of 22.7 points per game, along with 3 rebounds.
On the flip side, our predictions place Kyle Kuzma as the leading scorer for the Wizards. We expect him to conclude the game with a team-high 16 while also collecting 5 rebounds. This season, he has put together a field goal percentage of 47.2%, and he is contributing 23.9 points per game on average.
Knicks vs Wizards Trends
- New York has a 2-3 record in their last five road games. In this stretch, they averaged 103 points per game while allowing 105. The team also performed well vs the spread at 3-2.
- Across their last three home contests, Washington has a 2-1 record vs the spread. Their overall mark in these games was 1-2, while averaging 111 points per game.
- Spanning across their last five games as the betting underdog, the Wizards have gone 2-3 vs the spread. Their overall record in these games was 1-4.
- As the betting favorite, the Knicks have an ATS mark of just 7-3 in their last ten games. New York posted a straight up mark of 8-2 in these matchups.
Coming in as the underdogs at +6.5, we have the Wizards as the way to go on the point spread. Not only do we have them covering, but our projections show they have a good one of winning this one straight-up, if you’re looking for a higher payout on the moneyline.
Right now, the over/under line for the game is sitting at 227.5 and given that our model is projecting 209 points between the teams, we like the under.
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