2018-2019 Washington Wizards Team Preview and Betting Picks
Capital One Arena – Washington DC
Scott Brooks – Head Coach
Eastern Conference – Southeast Division
2017-2018 Record: 43-39
The Washington Wizards enter the 2018-2019 NBA season with tons of aspirations and high expectations of playing in the NBA Finals.
Last year, the team made it to the postseason but came up short, being eliminated in the first round as the 8 seed in the Eastern Conference.
This year, they believe that by retaining their core group of starters and adding a veteran presence, they can not only make it back to the postseason but they can compete for a spot in the Eastern Conference Finals!
Let’s dig a bit deeper into the 2018-2019 Washington Wizards and determine where we think they will end up.
Washington Wizards Coaching
The Washington Wizards are in their 3rd season with Head Coach Scott Brooks. Brooks has had fairly decent success with the Wizards but has yet to get to the NBA Finals with the Wizards. In his two years, he has led the Wizards to the Conference Finals and the First Round of the NBA Postseason.
Brooks coached with the Washington Wizards and also spent 7 seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Brooks has taken his teams to the postseason in each year that he has been a head coach in the league. He has gone to the Conference Finals 4 out of 9 years as a Head Coach and gone to the NBA Finals one time in 2011-2012, where he lost with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Washington Wizards Offseason Transactions
- June 21, 2018 – The Wizards used their 1st round NBA Draft selection to pick 15th and take Oregon Small Forward Troy Brown Jr.
- June 22, 2018 – The Wizards used their 2nd round NBA Draft selection to pick 44th and take Ukrainian Point Guard Issuf Sanon.
- June 27, 2018 – The Wizards traded Marcin Gortat to the LA Clippers in exchange for Austin Rivers.
- July 2, 2018 – The Wizards signed free agent Thomas Bryant, formerly of the LA Lakers, to a 2-year deal worth $2.1 million dollars.
- July 9, 2018 – The Wizards lost Mike Scott to free agency, who later signed with the LA Clippers.
- July 9, 2018 – The Wizards lost Tim Frazier to free agency, who later signed with the New Orleans Pelicans.
- July 9, 2018 – The Wizards lost Ty Lawson to free agency.
- July 9, 2018 – The Wizards lost Chris McCullough to free agency.
- July 9, 218 – The Wizards lost Ramon Sessions to free agency.
- July 10, 2018 – The Wizards signed free agent Jeff Green, formerly of the Cleveland Cavaliers, to a 1-year deal worth $2.3 million dollars.
- July 11, 2018 – The Wizards signed free agent Dwight Howard, formerly of the Brooklyn Nets, to a 2-year deal with $10.9 million dollars.
- September 10, 2018 – The Wizards signed free agent Jordan McRae, formerly of Saski Baskonia, to a two-way contract.
Washington Wizards Starting 5
John Wall (PG) – Wall is the most talented player on the Wizards and will be the top scorer on the team. He runs the court and is the guy that can dish out the assists to his fellow Wizards. He is a triple threat option for the Wizards that will lead them back to the postseason.
Bradley Beal (SG) – Beal spent the better half of the season as the main guy in Washington. Beal was the go-to-guy while Point Guard John Wall was out and during that time, he proved that he can be a highly effective scorer.
Otto Porter Jr. (SF) – Porter was one of the Wizards top scoring threats last year and should again be relied heavily on after shooting 58% from the floor last year.
Markieff Morris (PF) – Nothing to write home about but is a decent defensive presence in the paint. He will be needed much more under the rim if Howard has troubles staying healthy. If he isn’t needed to be the focus of rebounding, he can have more freedom to play his style of basketball, which last year allowed him just under 6 rebounds per game.
Dwight Howard (C) – Howard is a former Defensive Player of the Year but his health has been bad recently and even more so, there is concern on how he will fair in the locker room with head-strong players like John Wall.
Washington Wizards Key Bench Players
Tomas Satoransky (PG) – Satoransky filled in well for Wall while he was out last year. Satoransky looks to be one of the future key pieces to the organization and will mainly provide bench help this season.
Austin Rivers (SG) – Rivers is an efficient scorer that can bring a level of scoring off the bench to truly help the Wizards late in games with rested legs. Rivers is not only a threat to drive to the lane but can also jump outside and hit the three.
Kelly Oubre Jr. (SF) – Oubre was as solid as they come off the bench last year and added a scoring threat as the 6th man.
Jeff Green (PF) – Green spent last year playing with LeBron James in Cleveland. They went to the NBA Finals and he brings a very strong veteran presence to the Wizards. Green is averaging 13.2 points per game, just under 5 rebounds per game and around 2 assists per game over his career! He will come off the bench this season for the Wizards and serve as a very nice insurance policy in case of injury to Morris.
2018 Predictions and Betting Outlook for Washington Wizards
The Washington Wizards are going to come out strong this year and if they can stay healthy, IF and that is a BIG IF, then they will be my top choice as an underdog to make the NBA Finals. Yes, that is a bold statement but I truly believe that this team has what it takes to defend any other team down the stretch and can score with the top teams in the Eastern Conference.
I think with Wall leading the way offensively and Beal playing the secondary spot, this team really could be in the midst of a big year. The key, as I said will be the health of mostly Wall and also Howard at the Center position.
The team lacks depth at Center and they will need Howard on the court, not only for the defensive side of the game but also to grab those rebounds under the basket.
Our friends over at MyBookie have set the following lines on the Washington Wizards:
- Odds to Win NBA Championship: +8000
- Odds to Win Eastern Conference Championship: +2200
- Odds to Win Southeast Division: -180
- NBA Regular Season Wins Total: 45.5
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