Two teams with negative records sitting outside the top-8 places of the Eastern Conference are clashing, when the New York Knicks (8-16), are hosting the Washington Wizards (9-14), with both teams having ended a two-game losing streak and looking to continue on the winning ways.
Date/Time: 12-03-2018, 19:30 EDT
Spread: New York Knicks +1.5
New York Knicks have an 8-16 record (13-10-1 against the spread) so far this season and are currently tied with the Nets in the 11th place of the East. In their last game they snapped a two-game losing streak by winning at home against the Bucks with a 136-134 score in overtime, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Tim Hardaway Jr with 22.2 ppg, adding 3.5 boards. He is followed by Enes Kanter with 15 ppg and a team high 11.6 boards per game.
Washington Wizards have a 9-14 record (9-14 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 10th place of the East. In their last game they snapped a two-game losing streak by winning at home against the Nets with a 102-88 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Bradley Beal with 21.7 ppg, adding 4.2 boards and 4 dimes per game. He is followed by John Wall with 21.4 ppg and a team high 8.1 dimes per game.
In their previous meeting earlier this season the Wizards won at home with a 108-95 score. Knicks have a 4-6 home record this season, while the Wizards are 2-9 on the road. Wizards are better offensively, scoring 111.7 ppg to Knicks’ 109, while Knicks are better defensively, allowing 114.6 ppg to Wizards’ 117.1 ppg. Wizards have a better field goal percentage (45.8% to 43.9%), while Knicks have a better 3-point percentage (34.3% to 32%). Knicks are better in boards grabbed (45.5 to 41.1), while Wizards are better in dimes made (23.6 to 19.3) and both teams commit almost the same number of turnovers per game (13.8 and 14). Wizards have been extremely inefficient this season and while Vegas odds give them a -1.5 spread, don’t expect them to beat the odds and pick Knicks for the home win.
Washington Wizards vs New York Knicks Prediction: New York Knicks +1.5 (-109)
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