Kick-off: 2000, 17/10/2019
Stadium: O2 Arena
TV: Sky Sports
The New York Knicks travel to London for the third time as they prepare for their regular-season match against the Washington Wizards as part of the NBA Global Games series, writes Josh Luckhurst.
The match-up will see NBA All-Star guard Bradley Beal line up for the Wizards in the ninth edition of the overseas game in England’s capital city, as Washington look to maintain their recent upturn in form.
The Knicks are still missing key men Kristaps Porzingis and Turkish centre Enes Kanter, who has chosen not to travel due to political reasons, while the Wizards’ other All-Star guard John Wall is sidelined with a heel injury.
Those absences will hurt New York – who can concede an average 107.8 per game – and despite familiar surroundings of the O2 Arena, we expect Washington to come out on top by more than 7.5 points at Evens in our NBA predictions.
A Look At Washington Wizards’ Betting Odds
The Wizards have been a dysfunctional outfit this season, with bust-ups between players and staff which saw the whole roster available for trade – including stars guards Beal and Wall.
But despite all this, Washington remain in the NBA play-off picture after big victories over the Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers, who are second and fourth in the Eastern Conference respectively.
They also pushed Conference leaders Toronto Raptors to overtime before falling to a two-point defeat last time out.
Scott Brooks’ side sit in 11th in the Eastern Conference, just 2.5 games behind eighth-placed Charlotte Hornets with 38 matches left in their campaign, so their play-off aspirations are definitely still on the cards.
New York have trailed at half-time in four of their last five games, while Washington have led after the second quarter in seven of their last 10, winning the last five.
Looking at the NBA odds, we like 53/100 for the Wizards to hit the ground running and be first to 20 points.
A Look At New York Knicks’ Betting Odds
The Knicks have had a torrid time recently, winning just one match from their last 13 as they languish in 13th place in the Eastern Conference with a 0.233 record.
David Fizdale’s side have had previous experience at the O2 Arena, where they have a 0.500 win percentage, with a 107-87 victory over the Detroit Pistons in 2013 followed by a 95-79 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks two years later.
Their head-to-head record against the Wizards does not read well, with just two victories in their last 13 meetings, losing the last three encounters.
Despite their dire recent form, Fizdale has been praised for implanting a hard-working ethic in the Knicks.
Another source of hope for New York is the performances of Kevin Knox, who broke a 72-year franchise record to become the youngest player to register 30+ points in a match against the Philadelphia 76ers last time out – which was also the sixth youngest in NBA history.
However, New York average just 107.3 points per game and have only surpassed this total once in the last 10 matches, so 87/100 they score under 110.5 here is worth adding to our NBA betting tips.
WASHINGTON WIZARDS 138-140 Toronto Raptors (OT)
NEW YORK KNICKS 105-108 Philadelphia 76ers
Head-to-head: Knicks 107-110 Wizards, Wizards 108-95 Knicks, Knicks 98-110 Wizards, Wizards 121-124 Knicks (OT), Wizards 97-101 Knicks.
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