Knicks vs. Wizards Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for January 18 (Defense Takes Center Stage at Madison Square Garden)

Larry Rupp
New York Knicks vs Washington Wizards prediction, odds and betting insights for NBA regular season game.
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Knicks vs. Wizards Game Info

  • Date: Wednesday, January 18, 2023
  • Time: 7:30 PM ET
  • Venue: Madison Square Garden -- New York City, New York
  • Coverage: MSG and NBCS-DC

The 2022-23 NBA season continues on Wednesday with nine more games, including a battle between the Washington Wizards and New York Knicks. The Wizards rank 12th in the Eastern Conference with a 18-26 record, while the Knicks check in sixth with a respectable 25-20 record.

Washington enters as a loser in five of its last six games following a 127-118 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Monday. Meanwhile, New York has won seven of its last nine games, but did fall short in a 123-121 (OT) loss to the Toronto Raptors on Monday. Which Eastern Conference foe will win tonight?

Knicks vs. Wizards Odds & Spread

Knicks vs Wizards Betting Information
Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline
Knicks -6 - - - - - -240 198
  • All NBA betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
  • Moneyline: NYK: (-230) | WAS: (+190)
  • Spread: NYK: -6 (-110) | WAS: +6 (-110)
  • Total: 223 -- Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)

The Knicks enter this contest as notable road favorites on moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 7:30 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 223 points, which is below average when compared to Wednesday's projected totals.

Knicks vs. Wizards Betting Trends

  • The Knicks covered 39 times in 82 games with a spread last season.
  • The Wizards went 9-13-1 as underdogs of 6 points or greater last season.
  • Last season, the combined scoring went over the point total 39 times in Knicks games.
  • Last season, 45 of the Wizards' 82 games went over the point total.

Knicks vs. Wizards Prediction & Pick

The Knicks held a nine-point lead with five minutes to go in regulation before allowing the Raptors to mount a comeback on Monday night. New York is still trying to figure out how to close out games, but remains in the race for a high seed in the Eastern Conference. That speaks to the talent on the roster.

Washington is a putrid 7-16 on the road for a reason. The Wizards ranks 22nd in offensive efficiency and average just 111.6 points per away game this season (No. 21 in NBA). Their inability to score the basketball won't be aided by the fact that the Knicks rank ninth in defensive efficiency this year.

New York is 6-1 straight up in its last seven games against Washington, so rock with the Knicks.

Final Score Prediction: Knicks: 113 | Wizards: 106

Knicks vs. Wizards Best Bet

Both of these teams rank outside the top 15 NBA teams in terms of pace, while Washington also ranks outside the top 20 in field goals attempted per game. Neither side is afraid to take the shot clock all the way down before shooting. That should lead to a lot of empty, yet lengthy possessions.

Keep in mind the Knicks and wizards each rank outside the top 20 teams when it comes to three-point shooting percentage. All of these trends point to the under cashing with ease. The total has hit the under in 11 of the last 16 head-to-head matchups between Washington and New York, anyways.

Bet: Under 223 Points (-110)

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