Washington is 18-26 thus far, and if the NBA Playoffs were to begin today, the Wizards, as the 12th seed in the Eastern Conference, would miss the NBA playoffs.
Bradley Beal has missed 20 games with various injuries and is out until the end of January with a hamstring issue. He leads the Wizards in scoring, averaging 22.9 points, and 2nd in assists. Beal’s name has been on the NBA trade rumor mill for years, and this season is no exception.
Kristaps Porzingis has played in 39 of the Wizards’ 44 games, is 2nd in scoring, and is the team’s rebound and block leader.
Kyle Kuzma has missed one game this season and is 3rd in scoring–Kuzma is the Wizards’ 2nd leading rebounder and leads the team in minutes played and minutes played per game.
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Washington win total odds Under 34.5 wins -115
Washington Wizards’ win total Under 34.5 wins (-115, DraftKings) is a good bet to make.
The Wizards have the talent to exceed the oddsmakers’ total, but injuries and trade rumors will prevent Washington from having a winning record down the stretch.
Washington has a losing away record, and with 18 of their remaining 37 games on the road, it doesn’t seem likely the Wizards will turn things around enough to win some of those away games.
The Wizards have a winning record against the Southeast Division but a losing record against Eastern Conference foes. Washington plays 26 games against the East, and it’s doubtful Washington will exceed the oddsmakers’ total.
Washington Wizards’ odds to reach the play-in game +190
Washington is 2.5 games behind the Chicago Bulls in the conference standings, and +190 (DraftKings) is worth a chance of them reaching the play-in game.
The Wizards are just 2.5 games out of the play-in, and if Washington stands pat and doesn’t trade away Beal or Kuzma, you won’t get a better price than this, and you should make this wager.
Conversely, there might be a better way to approach this bet.
The best thing to do is wait until the February 9 Trade Deadline and see what happens with the Chicago Bulls and Toronto Raptors. The Bulls are rumored to be shopping both Zach LaVine and Nikola Vucevic, and Toronto is 4-12 on the road and plays 10 of their next 12 games away from Toronto. The Raptors will use this road trip and decide what to do going forward, and if they break up their team, it opens the door for Washington to walk through.
Washington Wizards’ odds to reach the playoffs -500
The Washington Wizards are -500 (DraftKings) to miss the playoffs, and your mileage may vary, but that is too much juice to pay as Washington will likely miss the NBA Playoffs.
Washington is 2.5 games behind 10th seed Chicago Bulls, but the Wizards have dropped two straight and won’t have Beal back in the lineup until the end of January. Beal hasn’t played since January 3, and the Wizards are 1-5 without their leading scorer in the lineup.
The Wizards are 25th in scoring and 16th in points allowed with the 17th-highest defensive rating in the league and don’t have the goods to overtake Toronto and Chicago in the standings.
Washington Wizards’ odds to win the Southeast Division +1800
The odds of Washington winning the Southeast are +1800 (DraftKings), and while there is always a chance, the Wizards won’t likely win their division.
Washington is 4-3 against the Southeast Division but is 5.5 games behind the Miami Heat in the division standings. The Wizards’ record against the conference rivals could be better, and they are too many games behind in the standings to make this wager.