The Washington Wizards (2-9) host the New York Knicks (6-5) on Friday evening as part of the 2023 NBA In-Season Tournament. The Knicks lead the all-time series 179-136 over the Wizards. New York has won five of the last six games against Washington. This is the first of four regular-season matchups in the 2023-24 campaign. These teams are in East Group B in the in-season tournament and New York is 0-1, while Washington is 0-2 thus far. RJ Barrett (illness) is listed as questionable for New York.
Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET at Capital One Arena in Washington D.C. New York is the 7-point favorite in the latest Knicks vs. Wizards odds via SportsLine consensus. The over/under for total points is set at 227.5. Before making any Wizards vs. Knicks picks, you'll want to see the NBA predictions from the model at SportsLine.
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- Knicks vs. Wizards spread: Knicks -7
- Knicks vs. Wizards over/under: 227.5
- Knicks vs. Wizards money line: Knicks -288, Wizards +228
- NYK: 7-3-1 ATS this season
- WAS: 5-6 ATS this season
- Knicks vs. Wizards picks: See picks at SportsLine
Why the Knicks can cover
Forward Julius Randle has been a double-double monster. Randle constantly fights for positioning down low and creates plenty of clean looks at the rim. The Kentucky product is first on the team in assists (5.2) with 19 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. He's recorded eight double-doubles thus far. In his last game, Randle had 29 points, 10 boards, and eight assists.
Guard Josh Hart provides New York with an energetic player off the bench. Hart runs the floor and is a terrific rebounder for his size. The Villanova product logs 7.3 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. On Nov. 13 against the Boston Celtics, Hart tallied 16 points, nine rebounds, and went 3-of-6 from three. See which team to pick here.
Why the Wizards can cover
Forward Kyle Kuzma is an effective player in the frontcourt. Kuzma has a knack for scoring in a variety of ways and piling up rebounds. The Utah product is leading the team in scoring (23.9) with 6.1 rebounds, and three assists per game. He's also shooting 35% from downtown. In Monday's loss to the Raptors, Kuzma notched a season-high 34 points, three assists and three 3-pointers.
Guard Jordan Poole is another main source of offense. The Michigan product is averaging 16.2 points and 3.6 assists per game. In his last outing, Poole totaled 16 points, five rebounds and three assists. Forward Deni Avdija has good vision and instincts on the floor. Avdija plays with outstanding energy, logging 12.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.9 assists per contest. See which team to pick here.
How to make Wizards vs. Knicks picks
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