The Washington Wizards’ season was at a teetering point last week, and in many respects, it still is. Injuries have been an issue all season. When the Wizards are healthy, they look really good. Without their entire roster, though, they are not deep enough to compete with the NBA’s best. Since our update last week, the Wizards have been perfect in the win column, had another star injured, and made a big trade.
Wizards Trade Rui Hachimura to Lakers
The Wizards traded Rui Hachimura to the Lakers for Kendrick Nunn and three second-round picks. This trade was a great compromise in not just selling off good players in a rebuild but filling a need at guard and acquiring draft capital. Both Nunn and Hachimura are injury risks and are similar caliber players, albeit in different positions.
Unfortunately, the Wizards lost star center Kristaps Porzingis to an ankle sprain in their Saturday win over the Orlando Magic. Washington has listed him as week-to-week. The question is will it be five weeks, two weeks, or somewhere in between? The answer to that question will directly impact their ability to win games.
On the bright side, the Wizards are on a three-game win streak and are only one game behind the last play-in spot. Let’s look at how the week’s events have changed the Wizards’ odds for their upcoming game with the Houston Rockets.
Next Game: Wizards at Rockets — Wednesday, Jan. 25
Houston’s win-loss record is 11-36, which has the Rockets in last place in the NBA. The Wizards are 21-23-3 against the spread this season. Houston is worse against the spread, with an 18-27-2 ATS record.
The matchup on Jan. 25 has Washington favored by three points at most online sportsbooks. The Rockets will have the advantage when it comes to rest. The Wizards are going to play on the second night of a back-to-back. The Wizards are 2-1 as road favorites this season, and if Washington wants to fight its way into the playoffs, this is the type of game the Wizards have to win.
Wizards Betting Fast Facts
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 3-2 in their last five games and covered the spread in three of those games.
- The Wizards have won three games in a row covering the spread in all of them. In two of those three games, the Wizards were greater than five-point underdogs. The Wizards’ moneyline total is +406 in those two games.
- Washington is 21-23-3 against the spread this season.
- The Wizards are a tremendous moneyline bet when they are underdogs of five points or more. Washington has played 16 games in which the opponent was a five-point favorite or greater. The Wizards are 6-10 in those games, equating to +263 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. With their game against the Rockets, Washington will look to improve to 7-2.
Will the Wizards Make More Deadline Moves?
With one trade already made and the Feb. 9 deadline just around the corner, is Washington done making moves? The Wizards may make a few smaller moves, but Washington has likely made its most significant move. Unless the Wizards lose, the next five-plus games and a team offers a massive amount for a player like Bradley Beal. The Wizards may make a minor move with second-round picks or reserve players but could also stand pat.
With the addition of Nunn, the Wizards have added the playmaking guard the team was looking for. Some may say there were better options, but the deal is done, and Washington hopes a healthy Nunn can get back to playing like he was in his Miami Heat days.
Wizards Upcoming Schedule
Here are the Wizards’ upcoming games.
- @Houston — Wednesday, Jan. 25
- @New Orleans — Saturday, Jan. 28
- @San Antonio — Monday, Jan. 30
- @ Detroit — Wednesday, Feb. 1
- vs. Portland — Friday, Feb. 3
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