On Sunday morning, the New York Knicks will arrive at the Capital One arena to clash with the Washington Wizards. We're placing a wager on a Knicks victory with a -7.5 handicap.
The Wizards are experiencing serious difficulties, losing 6 out of their last 7 games, and are seeking ways to break their current three-match losing streak following their recent decimation by the Cleveland Cavaliers with a score of 90:114. In this game, Tyus Jones made his contribution with 16 points and 5 assists while Bilal Koulibaly added 15 points, and Deni Avdija scored 13 points. The team made only 41% of their field goal attempts and 9 out of 30 from beyond the arc. The Wizards struggled in the second quarter, scoring just 14 points and falling 2 behind, and in the second half of the game, the situation deteriorated further with a deficit of 29 points.
This marks the team's 15th defeat with a double-digit score this season. Kyle Kuzma and Jordan Poole collectively scored just 11 points, making 4 out of 18 shots. Wizards' coach, Wes Unseld Jr., noted improved defence by the team, especially in the first half of the match. The Washington Wizards score an average of 116.2 points on 48.1% shooting and concede 126.6 points at 50.2% shooting.
The Knicks are gaining momentum after their latest win against the Philadelphia Seventy Sixers with a score of 128:92, aiming for a fourth consecutive victory. In this match, Jalen Brunson made a significant contribution by scoring 29 points, Quentin Grimes added 19 points off the bench, and Hartenstein scored 17 points, making 6 rebounds and 5 passes. The Knicks showed good efficiency by scoring 48% of their shots from the game and 18 out of 41 from beyond three-point line, standing out particularly in the second quarter with 41 points. Despite losing some momentum in the third quarter, they managed to close the game with a bright finale, claiming a convincing away win.
This success for the Knicks is the result of their recent roster reshuffle in which the team traded R.J. Barrett and Immanuel Quickley for OG Anunoby, Precious Achiuwa, and Malachi Flynn from the Toronto Raptors. Since these changes, the Knicks have been playing confident basketball and are looking to extend their winning streak in the upcoming match against the Washington Wizards. After starting their current streak following a three-game road trip which saw the last two matches played with Barrett and Quickley, the Knicks then secured victories against Minnesota and Chicago.
The New York Knicks' current season is not going quite as successfully as they would have liked. However, they have recently been showing confident play, achieving 3 consecutive victories, including a recent resounding win over the Philadelphia Seventy Sixers. Meanwhile, the Wizards are struggling, suffering 6 losses in their last 7 games. The Knicks were able to defeat the Sixers despite Julius Randle's poor performance, who missed 10 out of 11 shots, scoring only 8 points and I think they can secure a win in the upcoming match.