Free NBA Pick: Knicks vs Wizards
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(4-6 (1-4 V) New York Knicks vs. Washington Wizards (2-7 (2-3 H))
Date: Thursday, November 17
Time: 7:00 PM EST
Venue: Verizon Center, Washington D.C.
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The Washington Wizards and New York Knicks both enter Thursday night’s matchup on the second night of back-to-backs. Rest is not a luxury either has for this one.
Any statistics and trends listed in this article are accurate entering Wednesday night’s slate of games.
New York Knicks
The Knicks have finally found something that worked.
Entering their Monday matchup with the Dallas Mavericks, this group looked underwhelming on both sides of the ball, struggling to stop anyone defensively and also making the triangle offense looks as useless and dated as it probably actually is.
What the Knicks did to mix things up is they went small. When the third quarter began, starting center Joakim Noah was on the bench. Kristaps Porzingis had moved to the 5 and Carmelo Anthony was at the 4.
It’s long been known that Anthony’s best looks and most efficient play comes when he’s at power forward, but the emergence of Porzingis as a useful center gives this team an incredible opportunity to shift to modern basketball.
Noah’s four-year contract is going to put an incredible amount of pressure on the organization to resist change, but the Knicks would be smart to figure out how it can best incorporate its new look into the regular game plan.
At this juncture, New York is just 20th and 21st in points per game allowed and points per game scored, respectively.
The team is letting opponents score 106.5 per night while averaging just 101 themselves.
For those keeping track at home, that’s a net negative of 5.5 per game.
It’s no wonder the Knicks were willing to try something new, and it’s no wonder they found some semblence of success after such a rough start.
Like the Knicks, Washington has dissapointed early in the season. The team is averaging just 99.9 points per contest, which is only good enough for 22nd in the NBA.
Defensively, this group hasn’t been much better. It’s giving up 104.1 points per night, which puts them at 17th, below the half-way mark of the league.
Against New York, Washington needs John Wall and Bradley Beal to be on the same page. The drama behind the scenes between these two can’t be visible on the court, and with Derrick Rose being far from an elite defender, there’s no reason why Wall in particular can’t get things going early.
Wall is averaging a team-high 22.3 points per game, as well as a team-high 8.3 assists.
The problem is that he’s taking 2.6 three-pointers per contest and converting on just 27.8 percent.
Then again, he’s never been and isn’t supposed to be a lights-out shooter, which is why it’s even more troublesome that Beal is converting on a putrid 29.4 percent of his 4.9 attempts from behind the arc.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Knicks are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
- Knicks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400.
- Knicks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a losing home record.
- Wizards are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400.
- Wizards are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Atlantic.
Free New York Knicks vs. Washington Wizards NBA Prediction:
Looking at the trends above, both teams give us optimism against the spread.
Then again, only one team has made an actual change on the court that should give us any optimism in the SU wins department.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Knicks -3.5
Don’t expect the Knicks to blow this one open, but if they are smart about their lineups and play to their strengths (not their players with the biggest contracts), they should find a way to win against a struggling Wizards squad.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Knicks 98 – Wizards 94
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