Wizards vs Knicks Prediction NBA Picks Free 11/17

Wizards vs Knicks Prediction NBA Picks Free 11/17

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New York Knicks vs. Washington Wizards - Game Preview

Washington, DC; Friday, 5:00 p.m. EST

Line: NY -6.5 | Over/Under: 227.5

Introduction

The New York Knicks will take on the struggling Washington Wizards in what appears to be a favorable matchup for the Knicks. With the Wizards facing defensive challenges and the Knicks finding their rhythm, this game is poised to be an exciting clash in the NBA In-Season Tournament.

 

Team Analysis

New York Knicks

The New York Knicks, currently seventh in the Eastern Conference with a 6-5 record, are finding their groove. Led by impressive performances from Jalen Brunson and Mitchell Robinson, the Knicks aim to extend their positive momentum.

Player Spotlight: Jalen Brunson

Jalen Brunson has been a key scorer for the Knicks, averaging 22.7 points per game with an outstanding 82.4% field goal percentage. His efficiency on the court has contributed significantly to the Knicks' recent success.

Injury Update

The Knicks have minor concerns with RJ Barrett and Quentin Grimes listed as game-time decisions. Their presence would add depth to the Knicks' roster.

Recent Form

New York is coming off a hard-fought victory against the Atlanta Hawks, showcasing their ability to close out close games. The Knicks look to capitalize on the Wizards' defensive struggles in this matchup.

 

Washington Wizards

The Washington Wizards, currently at the bottom of the Eastern Conference with a 2-9 record, have faced defensive challenges. Their struggles on the defensive end pose an opportunity for the Knicks to exploit and secure a convincing win.

Player Spotlight: Kyle Kuzma

Kyle Kuzma has been a bright spot for the Wizards, averaging 23.9 points per game. However, the Wizards need a collective defensive effort to turn their fortunes around.

Injury Update

The Wizards enter the game with no reported injuries, but their focus will need to shift to defensive cohesion to compete against the Knicks.

Recent Results

The Wizards have faced consecutive losses, including a defeat against the Dallas Mavericks. Their inability to secure stops on defense has been a recurring issue.

 

Prediction

The New York Knicks, with their offensive firepower and the Wizards' defensive struggles, are poised to secure a convincing victory and cover the -6.5 points spread.

New York are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games, 5-1 SU in their last 6 games against Washington and 5-1 SU in their last 6 games when playing on the road against Washington.

Look for Jalen Brunson and the Knicks to exploit defensive gaps and control the pace of the game. The Wizards' recent form indicates challenges on both ends of the court, favoring the Knicks in this matchup.

Pick: NY -6.5

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