The playoff picture in the NBA is really starting to take shape now, as more and more team are clinching their spot and finalizing their postseason seeding. With just a few games to go in the regular season, there really isn’t much opportunity left for teams to make a major move, but there are a few that can change their position to something a little more favorable. One of those teams would be the Washington Wizards, as they have a shot at getting the #3 seed in the Eastern Conference. It is neck and neck between them and the Toronto Raptors right now, and it’s all going to come down to how they play in those final few games. With this in mind, there is almost zero chance that the Wizards will rest anyone over the final few days, even when playing a team as readily beatable as the New York Knicks, who have already been eliminated from playoff contention. The Wizards will try to take a bite out of the Big Apple when they head there for a crucial game on Thursday night. Find the latest NBA betting odds here.
Here’s A Closer Look At The NBA Expert Picks Between Wizards At Knicks
When: Thursday, April 6 at 7:30 p.m. ET
Where: Madison Square Garden, New York
TV: NBA TV / Direct TVLive Stream: Watch NBANBA Odds: Wizards -8 (-115)
Why bet on the Washington Wizards
The Washington Wizards (47-31) are not finishing the season like a team intent on improving their playoff lot. They are just 5-5 in their last 10 games, and needed a win against Charlotte in their last outing to break out of a 3-game losing skid. It looked for a while as though they had the #3 seed locked up, but their late slide has allowed the Raptors to sneak into that spot. Washington have been vulnerable on the road this season, going 17-21, but they have been dominant versus the Knicks in recent years. The last 13 meetings between these two teams has resulted in the Knicks only managing a single win.
Why bet on the New York Knicks
It has been another terribly disappointing year for the New York Knicks (30-48), but they look as though they are willing to adopt the role of the spoiler. They beat the Bulls in their last game, stopping a 4-game win run for Chicago, and driving them back into the battle for the final playoff spots. The Knicks have been horribly inconsistent all year, though, and they are likely to follow up that solid performance with a stinker versus the Wizards. The Knicks are 18-20 at MSG this season, but their major downfall has been in games against teams with winning records, where they have only managed to put together 5 wins.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
If you want to talk about total domination of a team, you need to talk about how the Wizards have been able to handle the Knicks in recent years. They are on a 5-game winning streak against New York, and had a 7-game win streak prior to their last loss to them. Wizards win this one, too.