The NBA is set up with an action packed night throughout February 12. Eleven games are up on the board throughout Friday night. One of these games will be between the New York Knicks and the Washington Wizards. These two teams have struggled this season, but this should be a good game on Friday. This game will tip off at around 7:00 PM Eastern time.
New York has earned a record of 11-15 throughout the early part of this season, which has them sitting in ninth place of the Eastern Conference. The Knicks have lost back to back games and four of their last six. New York has struggled a bit this season, but have been able to keep it close in the playoff race. The Knicks will look to grab a win in this one to avoid a further fall in the division.
The Wizards have put up a record of 6-16 to this point in the season, which has them sitting in fourteenth place of the Eastern Conference. Washington is coming off a loss in their last game and have lost three of their last four. The Wizards will look to keep up this recent small amount of success with a win over the Knicks at home.
These two teams have struggled throughout the early part of this season. Neither team has been able to grab a playoff spot so far this season, but New York is much closer. The Knicks have had a stronger start to this season, while Washington has not been able to get much going. Both teams will look to start hot in this one though as they look for a win.
The Knicks and the Wizards met up four times throughout the season. New York hosted the first game of the season series on December 23. Julius Randle finished with 35 points on the night, while Damyean Dotson scored 19 off the bench. Bradley Beal dropped 30 points on the night, while Troy Brown scored 26 points off the bench. Ish Smith added 17 points to lead the Wizards to a 121-115.
Washington hosted the second game of the season series on December 28. Isaiah Thomas and Jordan McRae each scored 20 points on the night, but it was not enough. Julius Randle finished with 30 points and 16 rebounds, while Bobby Portis had 17 points. New York was able to hang on for a 107-100 win on the road.
The third game shifted back to New York on February 12. Julius Randle put up 21 points and 13 rebounds on the night. Elfrid Payton added 19 points, but the Knicks came up short. Bradley Beal put up 30 points on the night, while Davis Bertans dropped 16 points on the night. The Knicks were able to take over with a 114-96 win on the night.
Washington hosted the final game of the season series on March 10. Frank Ntilikina and Bobby Portis both scored 20 points off the bench. The Knicks bench combined for 66 points, but they still came up short. Bradley Beal put up 39 points and 7 assists on the night. Shabazz Napier added 21 points on the night to help lead the Wizards to a 122-115 win.
Field Goal Shooting
The Knicks have not been great shooting the ball throughout this season. New York has been able to make around 44.8 percent of their shots from the field, which is 26th in the NBA. The Knicks have made 35.5 percent of their shots from behind the arc, which is 22nd in the league. New York has also made 76.1 percent of their shots from the charity stripe, which is 19th in the NBA.
Washington has not been much better shooting this season. The Wizards have drained around 45.3 percent of their shots from the field, which is 19th in the league. Washington is shooting 34.3 percent of their shots from deep, which is 27th in the NBA. The Wizards have also made around 75.8 percent of their shots from the free throw line, which is 21st in the league.
These two teams have struggled when shooting the ball this season, but New York’s defense has been much better this season. The Knicks have held opposing teams to a 43.5 percent field goal percentage, which is 1st in the NBA. Washington has allowed their opponents to make 48.3 percent of their shots from the field, which is 29th in the league.
Julius Randle has helped lead this New York team this season. Randle is averaging 22.5 points and 11 rebounds per game. R.J. Barrett has averaged 17 points per game. Derrick Rose scored 14 points per game off the bench in his first outing with the Knicks. Alec Burks is averaging 13 points per game, while Elfrid Payton has averaged 12 points. Immanuel Quickley is averaging 12 points per game as well. To round out the lineup.
Bradley Beal has carried the scoring for the Wizards to this point in the season. Beal has averaged 33 points per game. Russell Westbrook is averaging 19.5 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists per game. Rui Hachimura has averaged 13.5 points per game, while Davis Bertans is averaging 10.5 points per game off the bench.
These two teams have been led by their stars this season. New York has gotten more help from their depth and the addition of Derrick Rose could be a huge asset. The Knicks will look to come out strong in this one as they try to take over early. Beal will need help, especially with Thomas Bryant out for the season. If Washington can help Beal, it could help them keep it close to earn the win at home.
These two teams have struggled throughout this season so far, but it has been the Knicks that have done better. New York is coming in off a tough couple of losses. The Knicks will look for their stars to help lead them to a win in this one. New York’s depth has been strengthened with the addition of Derrick Rose to their bench. If either team can come out strong enough, it could help them earn the win.
BetOnline has the Wizards listed as a -1 ½ against the spread this season. This gives a slight edge to Washington at home. I think that this line is wrong. New York has shown some promise this season, which I think will help them earn a win in this one. As underdogs in this one, I really like the value on the Knicks on Friday night.