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2021 NBA Handicapping
(15-27) Washington Wizards vs. New York Knicks (22-22)
Date: Thursday, March 25th
Time: 7:30 PM EST
Venue: Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
NBA Moneyline Odds: Wizards +125| Knicks -145
NBA Betting Odds: Knicks -2.5
NBA Betting Total: 226
The Wizards and Knicks meet up for the second time in the last three days, with New York hoping for more of the same from the last meeting. It’s strange that NYK is just a -2.5 favorite following their 131-113 on Tuesday.
The last meeting was supposed to be a battle of contrasting styles. If the Knicks won, it was likely in a low scoring affair. If the Wizards came out on top, it would be a fast tempo game. Well, New York transcended those expectations with their 2nd highest scoring output of the year.
It’s been a rough March for Washington, who have now gone 2-8 this month. Their lone wins came against the Clippers and Jazz – two playoff teams – so the Wizards aren’t an automatic glance over.
To be fair, Scott Brooks’ team has lost to some quality competition over their current run including Boston, Memphis (twice), Milwaukee (twice), Philadelphia, and Brooklyn. The Knicks aren’t bad either though.
Washington’s 4th worst defense was on display Tuesday, letting the Knicks shoot 51% from the field and 53% from beyond the arc. NYK may not shoot that well again on Thursday, but it was still an 18-point Knicks win.
The Wizards looked befuddled vs. the New York defense last game, falling behind 69-48 at the half. There was no sense burning out Russell Westbrook (14 points) or Bradley Beal (22) with the game out of reach early.
New York Knicks
Does this game have your classic “2-game split” written all over it, and thus why the Knicks are just -2.5 favorites after such a beating the last game? Washington is still going to run the #1 pace and the #27 defense, so more of the same is expected.
Washington had no answer for Julius Randle, who Tom Thibodeau didn’t let up with even in the blowout. Randle had 37 points in 37 minutes, and Washington’s frontcourt defense is their Achilles Heel so another 30+ should be coming.
Another bright sign for New York is that they seem to have some reinforcements on the post. Mitchell Robinson logged 30 minutes in the blowout win, collecting 18 points and 12 rebounds.
The 7-foot Robinson, combined with Randle and Nerlens Noel are just too much for the weak Washington interior. Elfrid Payton is also back in the starting lineup (good or bad), which helps bolster the NY bench.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Over is 4-1 in Wizards last 5 as an underdog
- Under is 11-5 in Wizards last 16 road games
- Knicks are 4-1-1 ATS last 6 overall
- Over is 4-1 in Knicks last 5 home games
- Under is 8-3 last 11 head to head meetings
- Wizards are 10-3 ATS last 13 in New York
Free Washington Wizards vs. New York Knicks NBA Prediction:
Oddsmakers rarely give you one that easy twice in a row, which is why the Knicks by -2.5 coming off an 18-point blowout is absurd.
Looking at the total it’s kind of the same situation. The number cleared by 23 points last game, and is now up 5 points. New York may not shoot that good, but Washington will still play defense that bad.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Over 226
New York can still win the game by scoring a lot of points vs. the Wizards defense. At the same time, if Washington wins it’s probably going to be with 120+ points.
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