The Washington Wizards (7-32) travel to face off against the New York Knicks (24-17) on Thursday, January 18th. This game will be played at Madison Square Garden in New York and televised on MSG. 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 Rockets. Tip-off is set for 7:30 ET.
Wizards vs Knicks
The Wizards Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Tyus Jones scored 22 for Washington against the Pistons which was the most on the team. His field goal percentage for the game was 46.3%. Kyle Kuzma contributed 21 points, but Washington lost the game 129-117.
As the Wizards get ready for today’s matchup, they have an overall record of 7-32 and are 1-2 in their last three games. The Wizards are 4-18 on the road this season and 3-14 at home.
Washington comes in with an overall ATS record of 18-21 so far this season. When playing on the road, the Wizards hold an ATS record of 13-9 in contrast to a 5-12 record against the spread when playing at home.
The Knicks Are Coming Off A Win
In their last game, the Knicks defeated the Rockets with a final score of 109-94. Heading into the second half, the Knicks were leading 48-46.
Heading into their matchup against the Wizards, the Knicks come in with an overall record of 24-17 and have gone 2-1 in their last three games. When looking at their record against Eastern Conference teams, the Knicks are 16-10 compared to an 8-7 record in non-conference games.
New York has an ATS record above .500, currently standing at 24-17 against the spread. This season, New York has a 15-8 record against the spread when they are favored, and they are 9-9 when playing as underdogs.
Wizards Offense Breakdown
Through 39 games games, Washington is averaging 115.5 points per game (15th).
Heading into tonight’s game, the Wizards are ranked 15th in the league in scoring at 115.5 points per game. However, on the road, they are averaging 114.7 points per game compared to 116.6 at home.
So far this season, Washington has outscored the NBA scoring average in 56.4% of their games. They are also the top-ranked team in pace at 102.5 possessions per game.
When it comes to shooting, the Wizards are 11th in field goal percentage at 47%. From beyond the arc, they are shooting 35% (19th) and have made an average of 12.5 three-pointers per game (16th).
Knicks Offense Breakdown
Through 41 games games, New York is averaging 115 points per game (17th).
At home, the Knicks are averaging 113.2 points per game, which is 23rd in the NBA. Overall, they are 17th in scoring at 115 points per game. In terms of pace, New York is the slowest team in the league, averaging just 96.7 possessions per game.
When it comes to three-point shooting, the Knicks are 11th in the NBA in both three-point makes and attempts. They are hitting 37% of their shots from beyond the arc. In terms of free throws, New York is 9th in makes and 7th in attempts.
So far this season, the Knicks have outscored the NBA scoring average in 51.2% of their games. They have scored less than their season average in each of their last three games. In terms of assists, New York is 28th in the league.
Wizards Team Defense
Coming into today’s game, the Wizards’ defense is giving up an average of 125.3 points per contest. In their previous game, the Wizards’ defense struggled against the Pistons, giving up 129 points on a field goal percentage of 55%.
Knicks Team Defense
Coming into the game, the Knicks defense has held opposing team’s to fewer points than the league average in 36.6% of their games. Currently, they are 4th in the NBA at 110.9 points per game allowed. In terms of two point field goal attempts, the Knicks defense has allowed a shooting percentage of 54.5% while allowing 36.1% from downtown.
Key Players For The Wizards And Knicks
The outlook for today’s matchup points to Kyle Kuzma as the primary point contributor for the Wizards, finishing with 20 points while maintaining a 8/17 shooting accuracy. This season, he is averaging 22.4 points per game along with 6.3 boards.
On the other side, Jalen Brunson is our projected leading scorer for the Knicks. We have him ending the game with a team-high 25 and grabbing 4 rebounds. For the season, he has a field goal percentage of 47% and is averaging 25.9 points per contest.
Wizards vs Knicks Trends
- When looking at their past three road matchups, Washington has an ATS record of 2-1 while averaging 107 per game. The team went 1-2 overall in these games.
- Across their last three home contests, New York has been good against the spread posting a mark of 2-1. Their overall mark in these games was 2-1, while averaging 117 points per game.
- Going back to their previous five games as the underdog, Washington has an ATS mark of 3-2 while going 1-4 straight up.
- In their last three games as the betting favorite, the Knicks have a strong straight up record of 2-1. In addition, their ATS record was 2-1 in these scenarios.
For a point-spread bet in this Wizards vs. Knicks matchup, we’re leaning towards the Wizards at +11. Although our projections show the Knicks winning 111-109, we suggest placing your bet on the Wizards for the point-spread.
Right now, the over/under line for the game is sitting at 236.5 and given that our model is projecting 220 points between the teams, we like the under.
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