Washington Wizards at New York Knicks - 3/18/22 NBA Picks and Prediction

Washington Wizards at New York Knicks - 3/18/22 NBA Picks and Prediction Photo by Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

New York Knicks (29-40) vs Washington Wizards (29-39)

Game Info: Friday, March 18, 2022 at 7:30 pm (Madison Square Garden)

Betting Odds: New York Knicks -4.5 -- Over/Under: 223.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Washington Wizards travel to Madison Square Garden to take on the New York Knicks on Friday night.

The Washington Wizards have been in a real slump as they’ve lost eight of their last 10 games overall and they will be hoping to put an end to a five-game slide after getting routed by the Nuggets in a 127-109 loss on Wednesday. Deni Avdija led the team with 19 points, seven rebounds and three assists off the bench, Kristaps Porzingis added 16 points while Corey Kispert chipped in with 15 points. As a team, the Wizards shot 47 percent from the field and a miserly five of 23 from the 3-point line as they struggled to keep pace with the Nuggets right from the start and they were always fighting an uphill battle after trailing by 21 points at halftime and by as many as 28 points in the third quarter.

Meanwhile, the New York Knicks have been in decent shape as they’ve won four of their past six games overall and they will be eager to stay hot after making light work of the shorthanded Trail Blazers in a 128-98 loss on Wednesday. RJ Barrett led the team with 31 points and five assists, Julius Randle added 20 points with nine rebounds and seven assists while Immanuel Quickley chipped in with 18 points and six assists off the bench. As a team, the Knicks shot 50 percent from the field and 16 of 38 from the 3-point line as they set the tone with 37 points in the first quarter to take an 11-ppoint lead into halftime, before running away with it in the second half to make it a complete blowout in the end.

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Looking at the betting trends, the Wizards are 7-19-1 ATS in their last 27 road games, 4-22-1 ATS in their last 27 games against a team with a losing record and 15-35-2 ATS in their last 52 games overall. The Knicks are 1-5 ATS in their last six home games, 6-1 ATS in their last seven games following a win of more than 10 points and 7-0 ATS in their last seven games overall.

Head to head, the under is 9-4 in the last 13 meetings overall and the Wizards are 11-4 ATS in the last 15 meetings in New York.

The Wizards haven’t been able to get anything going lately and their confidence took another major hit after getting thrashed by the Nuggets on Wednesday. The Knicks have started to turn things around with some better play recently and they looked good in their dominant win over the hapless Trail Blazers on Wednesday. You couldn’t bet on either team with much confidence these days, but you have to give a bit of credit to the Knicks who have won four of their last six games when things were looking really bad. This should be a close one, but I’m sticking with the Knicks to get the win and cover at home.

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Peter’s Pick New York -4.5

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