The New York Knicks (20-15) travel to face off against the Washington Wizards (6-28) on Saturday, January 6th. This game will be played at Capital One Arena. 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 76ers. Tip-off is set for 7:00 ET.
Knicks vs Wizards
The Knicks Are Coming Off A Win
The Knicks picked up a win over the 76ers in their latest game, finishing with a score of 128-92. Heading into the game, the Knicks were the underdogs at +6 giving them both a straight-up and ATS win. Regarding the over/under, the combined score of 220 points ended up below the over/under line of 233.5.
Coming into today’s game vs. the Wizards, the Knicks are 20-15 overall and have a record above .500. Their home record is 10-4, while they are 10-11 on the road.
New York currently has an ATS record of 20-15, placing them above .500 against the spread. New York has covered the spread in three consecutive home games, while maintaining an ATS record of 9-5 at home as opposed to 11-10 on the road.
The Wizards Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Washington’s most recently played the Cavaliers and lost with a final score of 114-90. The Wizards managed to secure te win, even though they were behind at halftime 52-40.
Despite being heavy underdogs (+8.5), the Wizards have an overall record of 6-28 coming into today’s game against the Knicks. On the road, the Wizards are 3-17 this season while going 3-11 at home.
For this season, Washington has an ATS record of 15-19, along with an ongoing two game losing streak against the spread. Washington has struggled to cover the spread in their last three road games and has an ATS record of 11-9 on the road, while it is 4-10 at home.
Knicks Offense Breakdown
The Knicks come into today’s game as one of the better scoring teams in the NBA at 115.6 points per game (12th). When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Knicks are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 97 per contest. Not only is the team one of the more deliberate units in the NBA, they have yet to find their shooting stroke, ranking just 21st in the league in field goal percentage 21st%.
Wizards Offense Breakdown
Through 34 games the Wizards are averaging 115.4 points per contest, placing them 13th in the NBA. So far, Washington is averaging 102.8 possessions per game, making them one of the more up-tempo teams in the league. The team not only plays at an up-tempo pace but also combines this style with one of the NBA’s superior field goal percentages, standing at 47%.
Knicks Team Defense
Coming into the game, the Knicks defense has held opposing team’s to fewer points than the league average in 40.0% of their games. Currently, they are 12th in the NBA at 112.7 points per game allowed. Most recently, the Knicks’ defense put together a solid performance, giving up just 92 points to the 76ers.
Wizards Team Defense
Coming into today’s game, the Wizards’ defense is giving up an average of 126.2 points per contest. In the terms of takeaways, Wizards are causing 13.3 turnovers per game, ranking 19th in the league. They also enter the matchup ranked 15th in rejections, averaging 5.3 blocked shots each game.
Key Players For The Knicks And Wizards
For today’s matchup, we project Jalen Brunson to lead the scoring for the Knicks, putting up 25 points and shooting at a rate of 9/18. During this season, he is delivering an average of 25.8 points per game, along with 3.9 rebounds.
On the opposing side, we anticipate Kyle Kuzma to be the top scorer for the Wizards. Our projection has him finishing the game with 20, and he is expected to secure 6 rebounds. For the season, he has a field goal percentage of 46.4% and is averaging 22.4 points per contest.
Knicks vs Wizards Trends
- Through their last three road contests, the Knicks offense has averaged 120 points per game while allowing an average of 116. New York posted an overall record of 1-2 while going 1-2 ATS.
- In their last three games at home, the Wizards have a straight up record of 0-3 while going 0-3 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 103 points per game in these contests.
- The last five games that Washington was the underdog, they have an ATS mark of 2-3 while going 1-4 straight up.
- The Knicks have played well in their last five games as the betting favorite, going 3-2 straight up and 3-2 against the spread.
For a point-spread wager in this Knicks vs. Wizards game, we suggest taking the Wizards at +8.5. Even though our predictions have the Knicks winning 114-112, we see the Wizards as the better choice on the point-spread.
As for the over/under, the the line is currently at 238, and our model projects the Knicks and Wizards to reach a combined total of 226 points. Our bet is on taking the under.
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