NBA London Game: New York Knicks at Washington Wizards
Fans of the NBA often tend to think of basketball as an American sport, but the reality is that the sport has a huge following all over the world. The NBA have made the smart move of building their global brand by playing a couple of international games over the years, with the last 10 trips outside of the US landing in China.
They are going for something a little different this year, though, as the first international game of the season will be held in London, England, the first time that the NBA has landed in Great Britain since the Oklahoma City Thunder and Philadelphia 76ers met in Manchester back in 2013.
This time around, it will be the New York Knicks and the Washington Wizards who will be making the trip across the Atlantic for a game that will be played on Thursday. While it’s certainly not the most glamorous match-up on the schedule, it is worth noting that the Wizards are still within reach of the playoff line in the Eastern Conference.
Why bet on the New York Knicks?
There is still an awful lot of basketball to be played this season, but it is certainly fair to suggest that there is no way back for the Knicks, who are now 10 games below the playoff line and 22 games out of first. This is a team that has only managed to pick up 10 wins this season, including just 6 in games played outside of NYC.
The Knicks are on a run that has seen them lose 4 straight games, taking them to just 1-9 in their last 10 games. The Knicks have not had a lot of success Against Any team over the past few years, but they have been particularly poor against the Wizards, losing 10 of their last 11 meetings, a run that goes all the way back to 2016. 7 of the 10 wins that the Knicks have picked up this season came against teams with a losing record.
Why bet on the Washington Wizards?
The Wizards have had a rough couple of days, with severe weather in the nation’s capital delaying their trip to London. They have landed now, though, and should still have enough time to acclimate to the time change and get some practice in.
The Wizards are just 18-26 on the season, but despite that poor record, they are still just 2½ games below the playoff line, so it goes without saying that a win against a struggling Knicks team could certainly help their cause.
Washington have a winning record at home, but they have struggled badly away from home, going just 5-18 on road trips. The Wizards have gone 10-10 in games against teams with a losing record this season.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
These are a pair of teams who are more than likely going to miss the playoffs this season, but that doesn’t mean we can’t make some money here. The Wizards have dominated this match-up in recent seasons, so look for that to continue in London, despite the fact that it took Washington some time to get there.
Predicted Score: New York Knicks 101 | Washington Wizards 109
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