Free NBA Picks New York Knicks: Season-Long Handicapping and Specialization 11/17/2023
After losing their first in-season tournament game last week against the Milwaukee Bucks, the upcoming matchup against the Wizards is an absolute must win for New York. This season, there is no better place to get all your New York Knicks betting info than right here at Doc Sports. Using my knowledge of the Knicks, and the league as whole, you will be able to churn a profit by strategically betting on New York’s matchups.
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On Wednesday night, the Knicks took down the Hawks for the second time this season, by a score of 116-114. Julius Randle, Jalen Brunson and Immanuel Quickley all scored 20+ points, as the Knicks edged the Hawks to pull above .500 for the first time this season. Their dominance on the glass helped secure the victory, out rebounding Atlanta 42-30 over the course of the contest.
From a betting perspective, we put together another solid night. Trae Young failed to hit his 25.5-point prop, or 30+ points, costing us a sweep, but the rest of the plays cashed with ease. The Knicks took care of business as short favorites on the moneyline, and the Knicks rebounding superiority continued, with Randle and Mitchell Robinson both hauling in Over 9.5 Rebounds, grabbing 10 and 15 rebounds, respectively.
The Knicks (6-5) Friday night matchup against the Washington Wizards (2-9) will spell the end of the in-season tournament for one of these squads. Neither have won a tournament game yet. However, with the Knicks still needing to face the Wizards, Heat, and Hornets, qualification is still well within their ambitions.
Washington came into the season with the lowest win total in the league at 23.5 wins, and their 2-9 record ensures they are well on their way to finishing the year in the league’s basement. Jordan Poole and Kyle Kuzma bring energy onto the court, but they lack the talent to consistently keep the Wizards competitive in matchups. They’ve lost 4 straight games, including a 111-107 defeat at the hands of the Raptors, after blowing a 23-point second half lead on Monday night.
Despite the championship experience Poole brings to the Wizards, there is no doubt that Kuzma is still the leader of the team. His 23.9 PPG is a career high, as he’s been putting in work on both ends of the court. The flashy style of play he and Poole bring to the court has kept the Wizards fan base happy, as while they may not be winning many games, they are still going down swinging. Whether it’s an alley-oop while down 20 or a 3 pointer from the logo while down 25, the Wizards keep playing their entertaining style of basketball regardless of the scoreline.
While entertainment is a bonus for the Wizards, the Knicks rely on a gritty style to come out on top of their opposition. The Knicks are a top 5 defensive unit, that will force opponent’s into taking bad shots deep into the shot clock. And against an inexperienced Wizards unit, that will be a very effective strategy. There is always a chance New York goes cold from the floor, but shutting down the Wizards feels like a formality in this matchup, regardless of their road team status.
The Knicks have seen Randle slowly turn his game around after a poor start to the season, and the wins have been piling up thanks to his elevated play. Randle, Brunson and RJ Barrett form a formidable trio of lengthy and versatile assets. And with Quickley doing serious damage off the bench, this is the most well-rounded Knicks team we’ve seen in years. They are taking care of business on defense, moving the ball well on offense, and not settling for low percentage isolation shots in the post.
I don’t see how this one is close. The Wizards lack the number one center’s presence on the glass with Daniel Gafford, who is only averaging 7.2 Rebounds per game, which is a team high. The Knicks are well equipped with Randle and Robinson to clean up the garbage, and there will be countless second chance points available for New York. They are the better team on defense who won’t have to worry about the Wizards getting extra possessions and will easily hold Washington to 85 or fewer shot attempts. Unless Kuzma or Poole catches fire from deep, the Knicks will be able to walk away with a blowout win, easily covering the 6.5 point spread on offer.
That will be the first bet of the night. This is a terrible matchup for Washington, who struggles to keep up with big teams in the paint. Kuzma’s effort when chasing down loose balls won’t be enough to keep this one close, and the Knicks big men will have an absolute field day inside. A 6.5 point spread for a team who will likely be attempting 20+ more shots than Washington is still far too short, and we will take full advantage on Friday night.
The second and third bet of the night will once again be on Robinson and Randle. The two big boys for the Knicks continue to amass rebounds, yet the books refuse to adjust the lines. In a similar fashion to the Hawks game, I struggle to imagine a world where at least one of the pair doesn’t haul in 10+ boards, and it will likely be both once again. The Wizards fail to box out on the defensive end and crash the glass on offense, allowing the Knicks to pad their stats in the rebounding department.
NOTE: These props are predicted lines and will be graded at the opening lines.
Pick: New York Knicks (-6.5) 3 Units
Pick: Julius Randle Over 9.5 Rebounds -130 2 Units
Pick: Mitchell Robinson Over 9.5 Rebounds -140 2 Units
2023-24 Season record:
ML Record: 3-1
Spread Record: 3-3
Total Record: 2-2
Player Props Record: 5-7
Down 2.2 Units
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