Fans of the Washington Wizards can start betting on their favorite team’s games Friday night when the season resumes for the Wizards (27-31 SU, 23-34-1 ATS) with a home game against the San Antonio Spurs (23-36 SU, 30-28-1 ATS). Despite playing at home and having a better record, FanDuel has the Wizards as 1.5-point underdogs.
If bettors do not find that match-up appealing, the Wizards will play again the following night in Cleveland against the Cavaliers. They could also look at the futures odds sportsbooks have listed for the Wizards. While those odds make them longshots in several sports betting markets, there are a couple where the Wizards have a fighting chance at cashing a ticket.
Here is a closer look at the betting odds and betting markets that may be available at Maryland’s retail sportsbooks.
Washington Wizards Betting Odds
Washington Wizards Futures FanDuel BetMGM Caesars
To Win NBA Finals +50000 +50000 +100000
To Win Eastern Conference +50000 +25000 +50000
To Win Southeast Division +24000 +50000 +25000
Season win total Over 35.5 (-110)
Under 35.5 (-110)
Over 35.5 (-125)
Under 35.5 (+105)
To Make The Play-In Tournament +440 NA NA
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Wizards’ Odds To Win A Title, Any Title
The Wizards are 10.5 games back of the Miami Heat in the Southeast Division. That’s a lot of ground to make up with 24 games left in the regular season. Not only will the Wizards need to go on a heck of a run down the stretch, but they will need the Heat to struggle. Possible to win the division championship? Sure. Probable? Not really.
As for winning the Eastern Conference title, a No. 8 seed has done it just one time (1998-99 Knicks). So, in theory, the Wizards could go on an incredible run in the playoffs, make it to the conference finals and maybe even win. However, the odds give them a 0.2 to 0.4 percent chance of winning for a reason.
When it comes to the NBA Finals, the lowest seed to win was the No. 6 seed Houston Rockets in 1995, but that team had two future Hall of Famers in Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler. The addition of Kristaps Porzingis may give the Wizards the boost they need to make the play-in tournament. But win the Finals? Don’t bank on it.
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Shorter Goals May Be Attainable For Wizards
The Wizards are only one game back of the Charlotte Hornets and Atlanta Hawks for one of the spots in the play-in tournament. Can they catch either of them?
Things were looking promising for the Hornets in late January. After thumping the Pacers on Jan. 26, they beat the Lakers to improve to 28-22. Then they lost nine of 10 heading into the All-Star break. The Wizards could quickly make up that game if the Hornets continue to stumble when play resumes, but Charlotte has five of its first seven at home following the break.
As for the Hawks, they have been an up-and-down team. When play resumes, they have a tough slate from the start — at Chicago, vs. Toronto, at Boston, vs. Chicago. Getting John Collins back would be a big help, but he’s doubtful for Thursday night’s game against the Bulls.
Of course, no matter how much the Hornets or Hawks struggle, it will not matter if the Wizards struggle just as much. Washington went into the break, winning three of the last five, including two against the Brooklyn Nets. Whether they can move up and take one of the play-in spots may depend on how soon Porzingas can play.
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Season Wins Total
With 27 wins, the Wizards need to win nine of their last 24 to go over the total of 35.5. They have won roughly 46.5 percent of their games this season, most without the team’s one superstar, Bradley Beal. If they can keep up that rate, they should go over 35.5 with room to spare.
The addition of Porzingas, assuming he plays soon, should help get them there. Having one of the easier schedules the rest of the way certainly helps, too.