Evenly Matched in the East
The New York Knicks take on the Washington Wizards in a bid to climb up the Eastern Conference rankings.
NBA betting markets have framed an even contest. The Wizards are slight underdogs to extend their winning streak to three.
Knicks Finding Form
The Knicks have won six of their last eight games, including wins over the Brooklyn Nets and Atlanta Hawks before the All-Star break.
We were particularly impressed with their 122-101 win over the Hawks on the road. New York has a 17-12 record on the road, which bodes well, and also winning against the spread record.
Bettors have cashed in with their 31-26-3 ATS record, including covering the sportsbook spread in four of their last six games.
They match up well against the Wizards. We have enjoyed the play from Jalen Brunson, who scored 28 points in the win against Atlanta.
“Whenever I step on the court, I try to be the best player I can be,” Brunson said. “There are always ways I can improve, no matter what’s going on, whether I’m playing good or bad.”
At 33-27 overall, the Knicks are meeting expectations and a win over the Wizards would bridge the gap between the likes of the Nets and Cavaliers.
Wizards Showing Some Magic
The Wizards have scored four wins from their last five games and they’re heading in the right direction.
Their last two wins came on the road against the Trail Blazers and Timberwolves. They are 28-27-3 ATS, so it’s not fantastic, but after covering four of their last five spreads, bettors are starting to warm to the Wizards.
Kristaps Porzingis has been good with 22.8 points and 8.6 rebounds per game. If he keeps it up, the Wizards could make a playoff run in the Eastern Conference.
Betting online markets have them at +1½. They should be confident of covering the spread given their recent form.
Knicks vs Wizards Game Injuries
Knicks vs Wizards Head-to-Head
The Knicks and Wizards are tied at 1-1, with the most recent meeting going to the Wizards 116-105 on the road.
However, the Knicks are 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings in Washington.
They are 5-5 ATS from their last 10 against the Wizards overall.
Knicks vs Wizards Game Information
- Game: Knicks (33-27) vs Wizards (28-30)
- Day/Time: Friday, Feb. 24, 7 p.m. ET
- Location: Capital One Arena, Washington, DC
- Knicks vs Wizards Live stream: NBA Game Pass
Knicks vs Wizards Betting Lines
Knicks vs Wizards Picks and Prediction
The Wizards have momentum and we think they’ll be too hard to beat with home-court advantage.
Getting -1½ with NBA Odds is a generous line and we would have been prepared to take them at -4.
We would also include Washington in moneyline markets at +105. Put that option in your NBA parlays on Friday.
New York is listed at -125 in our Vegas NBA lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Knicks, there’s a chance to win $80. Washington is +105, offering a chance to win $105 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives New York a 55.56% chance to win, with the Wizards at 48.78%.