Wizards, Pelicans Look to Take Care of Business vs. Struggling Teams

Troy Haliburton

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 5:04 PM UTC

Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018 5:04 PM UTC

Wednesday will be the last full slate of NBA games before teams will have a week off for All-Star break, and this will be a good opportunity for bettors to make some extra cash before wagering on a myriad of events during All-Star weekend.

Washington Wizards (26-30 ATS) at New York Knicks (28-30 ATS)Free NBA Pick: Wizards -4.5Best Line Offered: 5Dimes

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There is no end to the misery in sight for the New York Knicks for the rest of the season. The Knicks are in the midst of a season-high seven-game losing streak, and with All-Star Kristaps Porzingis out for the season the team has no incentive to try and win going forward. Washington has beaten the Knicks 13 out of their last 14 meetings, dating back to 2013, and there is no reason that that trend should change tonight.

The Wizards are coming together as a team on the court, even though there seems to be a growing discontent between players off it. One of the frustrations of this team has been the lack of ball movement, and whether coincidental or not the offensive flow has dramatically improved since John Wall was removed from the lineup due to injury. Tomas Satoransky has replaced Wall in the starting lineup and has emerged as a more than capable NBA point guard.

Satoransky is coming off the best game of his career, a 25-point performance in a win against the Chicago Bulls on Saturday. At the end of that game, Satoransky suffered a nasty fall on a dunk attempt that left him with a concussion and a new NBA enemy in Bobby Portis. Tomas has cleared the concussion protocol and should be good to go against a Knicks team still in search of consistency at the point guard position. Washington is 16-13-1 ATS in away games this season and should not be met with any resistance from the Knicks.

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Tim Frazier is OUT tonight vs the #Knicks.

An update on Tomas Satoransky will be available later, per the #Wizards.

— Candace Buckner (@CandaceDBuckner) February 14, 2018

Los Angeles Lakers (30-25 ATS) at New Orleans Pelicans (28-27-1 ATS)Free NBA Pick: Pelicans -5.5Best Line Offered: Bovada

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The Pelicans are finally figuring out how to move forward in their life without DeMarcus Cousins. Just when the season seemed to be spiraling out of control, the most unlikeliest player has come into stabilize their lineup, and that player is Emeka Okafor. The former No. 2 overall pick in the 2004 NBA draft has been out of the NBA for three seasons and spent the majority of this year playing for the Delaware 87ers of the G-League before getting the call from New Orleans. Okafor made his first start in five years the other night against the Detroit Pistons and finished the game with eight points and seven rebounds in just 14 minutes. Okafor’s play down low allows Anthony Davis to flourish on the perimeter and not have to worry about doing the dirty work of an NBA big man.

The Lakers are in the midst of a transition of their own, and it includes trying to integrate former All-Star Isaiah Thomas into their lineup. Thomas turned heads after disclosing to the media that he believed he finally had his powers back in a 22-point performance against the Dallas Mavericks. The only problem with that proclamation is that Thomas’ individual success may have come at the expense of the Lakers' team success.

Los Angeles had been on a five-game winning streak before Thomas’ arrival and while he played well, the team could not take care of business against one of the worst teams in the NBA. The Lakers are just 14-13 ATS on the road this season and should not be able to march into New Orleans the day after Mardi Gras to get an upset victory.

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