New York Knicks vs. Washington Wizards Pick & Prediction JANUARY 13th 2023

Stadium: Verizon Center Washington
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221.5

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222.5o -108

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MONEYLINE
+160

112
SCORE
108

The New York Knicks continue to ride the roller coaster, relieved to be on the way up again with five victories in six games after a late-December swoon.

The Knicks will look to continue in a positive direction Friday night, when they visit the Washington Wizards in the first game of the season between the longtime Eastern Conference rivals.

Both teams were off Thursday after fending off late comebacks to earn wins at home Wednesday night.

Jalen Brunson scored seven of his game-high 34 points in the final three minutes as the Knicks beat the Indiana Pacers, 119-113. Kyle Kuzma drained the tiebreaking 3-pointer with 5.7 seconds left for the Wizards, who edged the Chicago Bulls 100-97.

New York outlasted the Pacers two nights after its four-game winning streak ended with a 111-107 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. Prior to this week, the Knicks hadn't alternated a loss with a win since Nov. 27-29, when they fell to the Memphis Grizzlies before routing the Detroit Pistons 140-110.

The Knicks lost to the Bucks on Nov. 30 to begin a two-game losing streak, which was followed by an eight-game winning streak from Dec. 4-20. That was followed by the five-game losing streak before New York beat the Houston Rockets on Dec. 31 to start the latest surge.

The Knicks never trailed Wednesday and appeared well on their way to a win when they led by 25 points shortly before the midway point of the third quarter.

But the Pacers stormed back and got within 105-103 on Buddy Hield's 3-pointer with 3:10 left in the game. Brunson responded with five straight points for New York, which iced the victory when Quentin Grimes sank a 3-pointer with 25 seconds left to extend the lead to 115-109.

"A win's a win in this league," Brunson said after the Knicks tied the Pacers for sixth place and the final guaranteed playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. "Especially (against) a team that we're fighting for position with."

The Wizards displayed some inconsistency but also some resolve in snapping a three-game losing streak.

Washington, playing without its top two leading scorers -- Bradley Beal and Kristaps Porzingis -- due to injuries, trailed 59-46 at the half before outscoring the Bulls 41-21 in the third.

The teams combined for just 30 points in a grinding fourth quarter, when the Bulls got within three points four times before Zach LaVine drained a game-tying 3-pointer with 30 seconds remaining. But after a timeout, Kuzma sank his 3-pointer -- the only 3 made in seven fourth-quarter attempts by the Wizards.

LaVine then missed a 16-footer and Deni Avdija grabbed the rebound for the Wizards, who out-rebounded the Bulls 15-10 in the fourth. The Wizards allowed just five second-chance points in the final period, including LaVine's game-tying 3-pointer, which he hit after Chicago called timeout following an offensive rebound by Patrick Williams.

"That was the message -- you can't get outworked," Wizards head coach Wes Unseld Jr. said. "We're already undermanned. You can't get outworked."

--Field Level Media

PREDICTION
New York Knicks
112
108
Washington Wizards

New York vs. Washington Recap FEB 12TH 2021

New York's Allonzo Trier was called for goaltending with less than one second remaining and the Washington Wizards rallied from 16 points down to defeat the Knicks 101-100 at the O2 Arena in London.

Trailing 100-99, the Wizards inbounded with 3.3 seconds left and Thomas Bryant drove the lane. His floater was deflected with less than one second remaining. The trail official made the goaltending call, and after a review of several minutes the call stood.

New York inbounded with four-tenths of a second remaining on the clock, and Emmanuel Mudiay's shot was off the mark.

Bradley Beal led the Wizards with 26 points and Otto Porter Jr. had 20 points and 11 rebounds.

Mudiay had 25 points on 11 of 18 shooting for the Knicks, who have lost five straight, and Noah Vonleh had 13 points and 10 rebounds.

The Knicks were without their leading rebounder and third-leading scorer, Enes Kanter, who stayed in the U.S. because of worries about his safety following his criticism of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. This week, Turkish prosecutors announced they were seeking an international arrest warrant for Kanter, accusing him of belonging to a terror organization.

The Wizards cut a 10-point halftime deficit to six early in third quarter, but the Knicks responded and led 83-67 after Mudiay's dunk with 4:25 left in the quarter.

Washington trailed 89-79 early in the fourth but pulled within 91-90 on Beal's 33-foot 3-pointer with 6:11 left.

Porter gave Washington a three-point lead with 3:30 remaining on his tip-in.

Beal's 3-point play later made it 97-93 with 1:53 remaining.

New York got a Vonleh hook followed by a Mudiay 3-pointer to take a 98-97 lead with 1:05 to play.

After Trevor Ariza and Vonleh traded baskets, Beal missed and New York's Kevin Knox missed, setting up the final Wizards possession.

In the first half, New York converted 9 of 18 3-point attempts while the Wizards managed just 4 of 15.

The Knicks took their largest lead of the half, 53-34, when Tim Hardaway Jr.'s 3-pointer capped a 9-0 run with 5:24 left in the second quarter.

Washington rallied to within eight before the Knicks took a 63-53 lead into intermission.

--Field Level Media