The Washington Wizards‘ season is on the brink of disaster, but could a turnaround be in store? Injuries have been an issue for Washington, but if the Wizards can remain healthy, they have enough talent to play with anyone come playoff time. Wizards star Bradley Beal has played in 25 out of 45 games. At the same time, Rui Hachimura has missed 16 games this season.
After missing the playoffs last season, the Wizards hoped that a healthier season and another year together as a team could help them make the playoffs and be a contender. It is worth noting the Wizards have won four out of the last six games Beal played in. In the 16 games in which both Beal and Hachimura have been available, the Wizards are 8-8. In the 29 games in which at least one of the two was unavailable, the Wizards are 11-18.
The good news is both players played in Wednesday’s win over the Knicks. Let’s see how having both players available affects the Wizards’ odds for their upcoming game with the Orlando Magic.
Next game: Washington Wizards Vs. Orlando Magic — Saturday, Jan. 21
Orlando’s win-loss record has it at 16-28 on the season, which has it in 13th place in the Eastern Conference, but it has been a good betting team. The Magic are 24-19-1 against the spread this season.
The matchup on Jan. 21 is favorable for Washington as the Magic will play at Washington on the second night of a back-to-back. In contrast, the Wizards are on several days of rest. The Magic are 3-7 this season when at a rest disadvantage.
The Jan. 21 matchup is the second of four games the Wizards and the Magic have scheduled this season. Washington won the first matchup 119-100, and the two teams will play again this season on Mar. 21 and Mar. 31.
Wizards Betting Fast Facts
One unique betting. market to look at for the Wizards is the odds to make the Eastern Conference play-in tournament. DraftKings Maryland lists those odds at +155, while Caesars Maryland has a better price at +200.
Here are some other betting updates for Washington for you to consider when placing more Wizards bets at Maryland’s best sports betting apps.
- The Wizards are 2-3 in their last five games and covered the spread in two of those games.
- Washington is 19-23-3 against the spread this season.
- While the Wizards will have a rest advantage against the Magic, Washington is 3-8 in games with a rest advantage.
- The Wizards are a tremendous moneyline bet when they are underdogs of five points or more. Washington has played nine games where the opponent was a five-point favorite or greater. The Wizards are 5-8 in those games, equating to +357 if a bettor had wagered the same amount on each game.
- The most outrageous Wizards trend is that Washington is 6-2 ATS playing games with no rest day prior.
Will the Wizards Be Making Trade Deadline Moves?
The first question is whether the Wizards will be buyers or sellers at the deadline. At the moment, selling is more likely. The trade deadline is Feb. 9, and Washington has 10 games between now and then. If Washington goes 8-2 in that stretch, becoming buyers is likely. In contrast, going 2-8 would almost guarantee the Wizards would-be sellers.
If Washington is a buyer at the deadline, priority number one has to be a playmaking point guard. A guard who could be solid on the ball while also knocking down open jumpers would help the Wizards significantly. Rumors have ranged from the Wizards going after an older player like Mike Conley to the Wizards making a more significant move for a player like D’Angelo Russell.
If the Wizards are sellers at the deadline, there are plenty of movable players that other teams would want. That could range from a complete rebuild and trading any combination of Bradley Beal, Kyle Kuzma, and Kristaps Porzingis. It seems Washington would prefer to keep Porzingis, and the front office has pointed towards wanting to resign Kuzma this offseason.
Whether Washington buys or sells at the deadline, Rui Hachimura may be a candidate regardless. Hachimura comes off the bench behind Kuzma and Porzingis, and there is not enough playing time for him when everyone is healthy. Flipping him for a starting caliber point guard would be a great solution. Remember to watch for the results of the Wizard’s next couple of games, which is the likely decider of what Washington does at the deadline.
Washington Wizards’ Upcoming Games
Here are the Wizards’ upcoming games.
- vs. Orlando — Saturday, Jan. 21
- @Dallas — Tuesday, Jan. 24
- @Houston — Wednesday, Jan. 25
- @New Orleans — Saturday, Jan. 28
- @San Antonio — Monday, Jan. 30
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