New York Knicks at Washington Wizards
|Date & Time||Thursday January 17, 2019, 3:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Washington -7 -- Over/Under 227.5
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The New York Knicks and the Washington Wizards duke it out in London at the O2 Arena on Thursday afternoon.
The New York Knicks have been in a real slump as they’ve lost 17 of their last 19 games and they will be hoping to snap a four-game skid after falling just short against the 76ers in a 108-105 home loss on Sunday. Kevin Knox led the team with a career-high 31 points on 12 of 23 shooting, Luke Kornet provided the spark off the bench with 23 points and five assists while Emannuel Mudiay chipped in with 19 points and four assists. As a team, the Knicks shot just 43 percent from the field and 10 of 31 from the 3-point line as they trailed by as many as 24 points in the second quarter, but they just couldn’t get over the line as the 76ers ran away in the fourth quarter. With the loss, New York dropped to 10-33 overall and 4-14 at home.
Meanwhile, the Washington Wizards have been in decent form as they’ve won five of their last eight games, but they will be hoping to bounce back after falling just short in a heartbreaking 140-138 double overtime loss to the Raptors on Sunday. Bradley Beal led the team with a triple-double of 43 points, 10 rebounds and 15 assists, Otto Porter Jr. provided the spark with 27 points off the bench while Trevor Ariza racked up 23 points with nine rebounds and 10 assists. As a team, the Wizards shot 45 percent from the field and 19 of 44 from the 3-point line as they led by two points with 15 seconds on the clock until the Raptors’ Serge Ibaka drained the three to steal the game. With the loss, Washington dropped to 18-26 overall and 13-8 at home.
Looking at the betting trends, the Knicks are 4-12 ATS in their last 16 games following a loss, 0-5 ATS in their last five games against a team with a losing record and 1-5 ATS in their last six against the Eastern Conference. The Wizards are 5-0 ATS in their last five home games, 1-6 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a losing record and 7-1 ATS in their last eight games overall.
Head to head, the Knicks are 2-9 ATS in the last 11 meetings overall and 1-5 ATS in the last six meetings in Washington.
Wins have been few and far between for the Knicks who have struggled all season, so it's no surprise that the shorthanded Wizards are favorites in this one, but you just never know what you're going to get from these international games. Still, I can't make much of an argument for the Knicks as they are just 2-9 ATS in the last 11 meetings, so I'm sticking with my gut and I'm going with the Wizards to get the win and cover behind a big game from Beal who has been in great form since John Wall went down.