New York Knicks vs. Washington Wizards Saturday Night Free NBA Picks

Steven Suarez

Saturday, October 31, 2015 7:46 PM GMT

The Wizards have won each of their first two games this season and are heavily favored to make it three victories in a row when they host the Knicks. Let's check out just how big the NBA odds are.

Odds Overview
Truth be told, we're a little surprised the Wizards aren't favored by more for tonight's home game with the Knicks. As of now, the top online sportsbooks have Washington laying 7.5 points.

Quite a high-scoring game is expected here, with the total trading at 204.5 points. The Knicks have averaged 111.5 points through their first two games, while the Wizards have been good for 103.0 points a contest. 

 

Washington Wizards
So far so good for John Wall, Bradley Beal and the Wizards, who look primed to make another run to the playoffs in the Eastern Conference. They've opened the regular season with wins over Orlando (88-87) and Milwaukee (118-113), and both victories came on the road to make the start even sweeter.

Last night, Washington looked destined to lose in Milwaukee, but a huge fourth quarter carried the Wizards. They outscored the Bucks 36-21 in the final quarter to win by five. As a team they shot 51.5 percent from the floor overall, 57.1 percent (12-of-21) from beyond the arc, and 81.8 percent from the charity stripe. As usual, Wall and Beal had the biggest impacts, combining for 45 points and 13 assists; Beal led the way with 26 points, while Wall handed out 10 of those dimes. Ramon Sessions's 23 points off the bench were huge, as well.

It's early, but that Wall/Beal backcourt has already made its presence felt, and they're going to be carrying the load night in and night out. Beal has averaged 25 points on 51.4 percent shooting (50 percent clip from three) through the first two contests, with Wall posting averages of 20.5 points, 8.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds. Yeah, this tandem is going to be hard to stop all season long.

 

New York Knicks
The Knicks have picked up one win (over Milwaukee) and one loss (at home to Atlanta) in their first two matchups. 

It was Thursday when New York fell short to the Hawks. The Knicks were held to 40.9 percent shooting overall and 20.7 percent from the three-point line, and Carmelo Anthony was held in check for the most part; he had 25 points, seven boards and three assists, but shot just 10-of-27 from the field. Robin Lopez chipped in with 18 points and four boards, first-round draft pick Kristaps Porzingis posted 10 points, eight rebounds, three steals and a block, while Kyle O'Quinn had a nice night off the bench with 10 points and 10 rebounds, but it wasn't enough. New York just couldn't hang around with the more talented Hawks for all four quarters.

There's obviously still a long way to go for the Knicks to become relevant again, but they are at least showing signs of improvement. Porzingis looks like he belongs in the NBA, and Melo is healthy...for now. New York will also be boosted significantly when Arron Afflalo is able to return to the court.

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NBA Pick
Since it's so early in the season, we're still getting a feel for how teams are shaping up, but we've really liked what we've seen out of the Wizards so far.

Yes, the Knicks notched a surprising and impressive road win in Milwaukee,  but we don't anticipate that happening in the nation's capital.

With home-court advantage, and simply the more talented roster from top to bottom, we're on Washington here. Wall and Beal should have a field day against a weak Knicks backcourt, and that should be the catalyst en route to a comfortable win for the Wizards. Look for them to win by at least eight and cover the NBA Odds in the process, in spite of the back-to-back situation.

Pick: Washington Wizards -7.5 at 5Dimes

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