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2021 NBA Handicapping
(16-15) Washington Wizards vs. New York Knicks (14-17)
Date: Thursday, December 23rd
Time: 7:30 PM (ET)
Venue: Madison Square Garden New York, New York City, New York
NBA Moneyline Odds: Wizards -113 | Knicks +106 (Bet Now!)
NBA Betting Odds: Wizards -1
NBA Betting Total: 210.5
Thursday, December 23rd finds the Washington Wizards playing the New York Knicks in their first meeting this season. The teams will play twice more with the Knicks hosting on March 18th and the Wizards on April 8th.
The Wizards Tuesday game versus the Nets was postponed so they’ve been off since Saturday when they defeated the Jazz 109-103. New York defeated the Pistons 105-91 on Tuesday.
Last season, the teams played three times with the Knicks taking all three contests. The Knicks hold the all-time record having bested the Wizards in 174 of their 308 matches.
The Wizards arrive having rested for four days because their match versus the Nets was cancelled. That will give them a huge advantage, however news that Kentavious Caldwell-Pope entered health and safety protocols on Tuesday could be a warning sign.
Typically once a player enters protocols several teammates follow in the day or two after.
Washington has been reeling of late losing eight of their last 10 matches. The win versus the Jazz doesn’t erase that fact. In the eight losses the Wizards allowed their opponents to score 115.3 points.
The Wizards struggled in virtually every area on the defensive end as well during this period letting teams score in transition, in the paint and from the perimeter.
Whatever Wes Unseld’s message was pre-game on how to defend the Jazz he needs to reiterate it in every game moving forward. Utah scored a season-low 30 points in the paint, shot 14 of 44 from the perimeter and only scored nine points on the fast break.
Bradley Beal continued his recent offensive uptick scoring 37 points along with five rebounds, and seven assists. Five of his teammates scored in double-figures including Raul Neto (15), Caldwell-Pope (13), Daniel Gafford (12), Montrezl Harrell (11), and Deni Avdija (11)
Caldwell-Pope (health and safety protocols) is out. Thomas Bryant (knee) and Rui Hachimura (conditioning) are both out indefinitely.
New York Knicks
While the Knicks are missing copious players it’s primarily the youngsters who are out dealing with the health and safety protocols. New York also got a schedule gift facing the tanking Pistons on Tuesday and took full advantage.
Both Julius Randle (21 points, 11 rebounds) and Mitchell Robinson (17 points, 14 rebounds) registered double-doubles versus the Pistons. Evan Fournier was the top scorer with 22 while Kemba Walker started again providing 21 points, eight rebounds, and five assists.
The big news for the Knicks is Derrick Rose underwent ankle surgery and will miss at least eight weeks. Obi Toppin has cleared protocols and is probable for Thursday.
Six other Knicks remain in protocols including recent entry Nerlens Noel as well as RJ Barrett, Immanuel Quickley, Quentin Grimes, Kevin Knox, and Miles McBride who are all out on Thursday.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Wizards are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games.
- The Knicks are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games.
- The Wizards are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games on the road.
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of New York’s last 6 games.
Free Washington Wizards vs. New York Knicks NBA Prediction
Neither team has demonstrated consistency and the one point spread indicates a bit of a coin flip. Ultimately, the match will come down to who plays defense for the majority of the 48 minutes and the Knicks have more consistently done that especially recently.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Knicks +1
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