The Washington Wizards (19-33) visit the New York Knicks (17-36) at Madison Square Garden
for a 7:30 pm ET tip-off, Wednesday, February 12th, 2020. The Knicks are -2.5 in this game, with a total of 228.5.
1) M. Harkless, SF, Illness (probable)
2) D. Dotson, SG, Illness (probable)
3) M.Robinson, C, Illness (probable)
1) J. Wall, PG, Achilles (out)
2) T. Bryant, C, Foot (out)
Important things you need to know with the New York Knicks
The New York Knicks, surprisingly, has been on a great (relatively) run since Coach Miller’s run
as interim head coach. Since his start, the Knicks have had a record of 11-18, a winning percentage already better than the run that previous head coach David Fizdale achieved with this team. So far, the NYK has won against notable teams in the past ten games, including a 13 point win against Brooklyn, stunning performance and a 7 point victory against the Pacers, as well as two against Eastern playoff hunting teams like the Magic and Pistons. However, their 4 game win streak was just snapped in a double-overtime loss against the Hawks.
The Knicks rallied to force overtime, but ended up managing to blow a seven-point lead in the first overtime and gave up a 10-1 run in the second overtime. Although Julius Randle had 35 points and 18 rebounds, he contributed much to the team turnovers, amassing to 18 throughout the game. Despite that, their general recent showing has them as the favorites in this matchup, with a -2.5 in the over/under. When they are the favorites, the NYK does not disappoint, with a stunning 70% winning
An important player to watch is Elfrid Payton, who, in the past 10 games, has averaged over 2 steals a game along with around 10 assists, a much better improvement compared to his season average. In fact, his stellar performance of 7 steals vs the Magic propelled a great road game to improve our record. Wayne Ellington has significantly improved his 3PT% to 50% and has doubled his PPG averages over the last 10 games.
Important things you need to know with the Washington Wizards
The Washington Wizards have succeeded when matched up against the Knicks. In the past 10 games against New York, the Wizards are 7-3. More importantly, the Wizards are 9th in the NBA eastern conference, only 3 games behind the Orlando Magic. The Wizards are only 6-20 on the road this season, allowing 124.5 ppg and only scoring 115.9 ppg. So far, the Wizards have won very close games, but not mainly against playoff-level teams. The Wizards are the underdog
in the matchup, with a +2.5 in the over/under.
An important player to watch is Bradley Beal, who has made amazing performances after his all-star game snub. In his past ten performances, Beal has scored 43 points against the Warriors, 47 against the Bucks, as well as 40 against the Hawks. Ish Smith is another notable and underappreciated player on the Wizards and shoots 64% at the rim this season. The only other guards that he has outperformed at the rim are Lillard, Westbrook, CJ McCollum, and Trae
Young. Finally, as a team, the Wizards enter this contest fifth in the league in scoring offense as they put up an average of 115.5 points per game on the year.
This should be an interesting game. But, with the Wizards a little tired, the Knicks are going to win this game at home. Bet the Knicks -2.5 over the Washington Wizards.