The Washington Wizards have won three straight games and seem to be getting it all together at the moment. Their most impressive win of that stretch was on Tuesday against the Dallas Mavericks by one point, which came on the heels of their trade of Rui Hachimura.
Now, they travel to take on the Houston Rockets, who had been on a 13-game losing streak before finally getting a win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday.
These are two laggards in each conference, so which side is the best option versus the NBA betting odds?
Washington Receives Balance
The Wizards played their first game without Hachimura and seemed fine. While he had averaged 13.0 points, he was disgruntled with his playing time. They had six players in double figures against Dallas.
Forward Kristaps Porzingis will remain out of the lineup with an injury, which leaves the team with Bradley Beal and Kyle Kuzma leading the way. Both of them average 20-plus points.
Beal has missed a solid chunk of contests this season, but he’s still leading the team with 22.4 points scored per game. Kuzma, on the other hand, is one of their few untouchable players and for good reason.
He’s putting up 22.0 points, 7.6 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game. With these guys healthy, the Wizards certainly have a chance against a struggling Houston team. Those who bet online know that this team has some potential when Beal is healthy, which he finally is.
Houston Having Serious Trouble
Winning once every two weeks isn’t exactly an ideal situation for the Rockets, especially because it’s the exact same trouble that they’ve faced a season ago.
They’ve been one of the best teams to go against for NBA picks. Fans and bettors alike had been hoping for a bit more of a turnaround after the offseason, but passing issues and chemistry just don’t seem to be there.
Houston currently averages the 29th most assists per game at 22.2, leading only the Luka Doncic-led Dallas Mavericks.
Despite this, they got that massive win over the Timberwolves due to a stellar performance from Jalen Green.
Green dropped 42 points to drag them to victory. Those are the types of extraordinary offensive efforts they need when they win, which makes it quite hard to count on them if you’re betting them.
Wizards vs Rockets Game Injuries
Wizards vs Rockets Head-to-Head
It’s been almost a year since these teams last met up, with the Rockets winning by 18 points back in March 2022.
Wizards vs Rockets Information
- Game: Wizards (21-26) vs Rockets (11-36)
- Location: Toyota Center, Houston, TX
- Day/Time: Wednesday, Jan. 25th, 8:00 p.m. ET
- Wizards vs Rockets Live Stream: NBA Game Pass
Wizards vs Rockets Betting Lines
Wizards vs Rockets Picks & Prediction
The Wizards are currently listed as three-point favorites in the sportsbook and that seems to be the best option. Washington, even without Hachimura and Porzingis, still offers significantly more consistency than the Rockets.
Houston did just get a huge win, but hasn’t won back-to-back games since early December. The Rockets haven’t proved that they can win consistently, so don’t bet on that to happen.
Washington is listed at -150 in our Las Vegas NBA lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Wizards, you have a chance to win $67. Houston is +130, offering a chance to win $130 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives the Rockets a 60.00% chance to win, with the Wizards at 43.48%.