The Capital One Arena plays host to a matchup between the Washington Wizards (18-24) and the New York Knicks (23-19) on Friday. The Washington Wizards hold the 12th seed in the Eastern Conference, five games back on the sixth-seeded New York Knicks.
It’s now getting toward that time of the year when every match counts. For the Washington Wizards and the New York Knicks, a victory here could prove to be a game-changer in their respective campaigns.
Washington Wizards VS New York Knicks Betting expert picks
Washington Wizards VS New York Knicks Moneyline
Take the New York Knicks for the win. They are 5-1 SU in their six games against the Washington Wizards, and they also had six wins in seven showdowns with teams from the Southeast Division. The Washington Wizards may have just ended a three-game losing skid, but they are 2-9 SU against opponents from the Atlantic Division. The moneyline for the game is perfect for the Maryland sports betting scene.
Washington Wizards VS New York Knicks Spread
The last five games between the Washington Wizards and New York Knicks have produced an average winning margin of 10.8 points.
The Washington Wizards struggled to make home-court advantage count against the New York Knicks in their past four matchups, losing three times at the Capital One Arena by an average losing margin of 15.7 points. The hosts are 8-4 ATS in their last 12 games, but only 3-14 ATS from their last 17 matches in January.
The New York Knicks, meanwhile, have covered the spread in nine of their last ten games away from home. In the regular season, the New York Knicks have gone 22-18-2 ATS and 14-6 ATS on the road.
Washington Wizards VS New York Knicks Total
The Washington Wizards and New York Knicks typically put up big numbers when they play each other. The teams have averaged 217 points in their last ten contests.
The total has averaged 227.0 points in the Washington Wizards’ ten most recent games, as well as 221.8 points in their last five at home. Meanwhile, betting on the over would’ve paid out in three of the last four games at the Capital One Arena for the Washington Wizards, who are 5-4-1 in their last ten games combined.
On average, the New York Knicks have seen 223.2 points go on board during their past ten matches and 223.0 points in their last five contests on the road. Over was a winning bet in three of the past five road games for the New York Knicks, who are 7-3 against the total in their last 10 home and away games combined.
Washington Wizards Form
The Washington Wizards snapped out of a three-game losing skid by beating the Chicago Bulls 100-97 last time out. The win improved their record for the past 10 games to 6-4. They are 3-2 in their last five at home.
The Washington Wizards rank 21st in the NBA offensive rating. The hosts have put up just 111.8 points per game, but saw no improvement in their last five matches, averaging 110.6 points. Defensively, they have allowed 113.1 points on average for the season and boast a defensive rating of 16th.
Last season, the Washington Wizards failed to qualify for the playoffs after ending up 12th in the Eastern Conference and fourth in the Southeast Division. They ended up 35-47 in all games. They aren’t expected to reach the postseason this season either, having gone 18-24 so far.
The Washington Wizards have five players struggling with injuries for their upcoming game in Bradley Beal, Kristaps Porzingis, Daniel Gafford, Vernon Carey, and Johnny Davis.
New York Knicks Form
The New York Knicks have grabbed an impressive five wins from their six most recent matchups. The away side’s most recent game ended in a 119-113 triumph over the Indiana Pacers.
The New York Knicks rank 10th in the NBA offensive rating. The visitors scored 114.1 points per game in the regular season, which is an improvement to last season’s average tally of 106.5 points. They also lie 10th in the league’s defensive rating, giving up 111.3 points per game and 110.6 points on the road.
The New York Knicks are hopeful of making the playoffs after a 23-19 start in the regular season. Last season, they ended up below .500, finishing 11th in the Eastern Conference and in the Atlantic Division at 37-45.
The New York Knicks have a clean bill of health ahead of their latest matchup, with no reported injuries coming from the away side at the time of writing.
Washington Wizards VS New York Knicks H2H history
The New York Knicks bagged a 105-89 win over the Washington Wizards in the previous matchup between these two franchises. The encounter took place at the Madison Square Garden in October 2022. Playing the Washington Wizards has been a great experience for the New York Knicks in recent times with three wins on the bounce. Their total record reads 8-2 in their last ten games against the Washington Wizards.
In their last ten head-to-head games, the Washington Wizards managed 104.2 points on average per game, while the New York Knicks put 112.9 points on board.