Wizards Start Life Without John Wall Tuesday vs. Thunder

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Troy Haliburton

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 4:37 PM GMT

Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018 4:37 PM GMT

The Wizards just learned that they will be without superstar John Wall for perhaps two months, and that now puts a lot of pressure on their remaining players to stay competitive in a tough Eastern Conference.

Oklahoma City Thunder at Washington WizardsFree NBA Pick: Wizards +3Best Line Offered: Heritage

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The Thunder are finally figuring out how to play together as a newly-formed team, and that means establishing a hierarchy on who gets the basketball. Paul George has distinguished himself as the best player in Oklahoma City, and it would behoove the Thunder to start playing like that. OKC will play at its best when George is the focal point of the offense and Carmelo Anthony is relegated to ancillary role player.

Washington may want to go through a transformation itself because there seems to be a lot of chatter around the league about discontent in the locker room. One of the biggest issues I can see is the fact that Otto Porter is not taking as many shots as he should for someone who is shooting 45% from 3-point range on the season. To make matters worse, John Wall will be out after missing Saturday's game in Atlanta due to a sore knee and reports are he will miss 6-8 weeks for a clean-up procedure on that left knee.

The advantage I would give Washington in this matchup is its propensity to cover the spread all season long. The Wizards rank first in the entire NBA in ATS as a home underdog, with a record of 3-0, while the Thunder are one of the worst teams in the league ATS on the road with a record of 10-13.

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DEVELOPING: John Wall will undergo a knee procedure tomorrow (described as a clean up). He will miss six weeks & will not play in upcoming All-Star weekend, The Washington Post has learned.
Story coming soon.

— Candace Buckner (@CandaceDBuckner) January 30, 2018
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Brooklyn Nets at New York KnicksFree NBA Pick: Nets +5.5Best Line Offered: Pinnacle

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The Nets have turned into an offensive powerhouse right before our eyes, as they are on track to break their own record last year for playing at the fastest pace of 109.7 possessions per game. But they are a terrible defensive team. Look for there to be a lot of scoring in Madison Square Garden tonight.

The Knicks are still searching for their groove this season, and the only positive thing to report on this team is the fact that Kristaps Porzingis has not gotten hurt yet. Porzingis is averaging 25 points per game, up from the 18 that he averaged last season, but he can’t will a team to victory by himself.

The problem with the Knicks is in their backcourt. The Knicks are starting three guards (Courtney Lee, Tim Hardaway Jr., and Jarrett Jack), but that combination of players has largely struggled. The Nets, on the other hand, have a nice group of young players who have played well in recent weeks, leading to many Nets upset victories. Tonight will be no different as the Nets look to improve upon their excellent record ATS (31-18-1).

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