It’s the beginning of a new era for the Washington Wizards. With John Wall and now Bradley Beal gone, the franchise has officially hit the reset button. Deni Avdija, who was selected in the 2020 NBA Draft, is now the team’s longest-tenured player.
This will undoubtedly be a rebuilding year, but some players on this roster are primed for a breakout campaign. Jordan Poole, Tyus Jones, and Kyle Kuzma are all on my radar.
Here are the best Washington Wizards prop bets to make ahead of the 2023-24 NBA season.
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Wizards Prop Bets 2023
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Wizards: Over 24.5 Wins (-125)
BetMGM Sportsbook • WAGER: 1 Unit
The Wizards will be one of the worst teams in the league this season. That much is clear. However, this line still feels like a gross exaggeration.
This roster isn’t horrible. Poole, Kuzma, and Jones can’t do it all on their own, but there’s a good mix of veterans and young talent outside of that trio that can help to win a few additional games.
Washington is one of those teams that comes into a season with zero expectations and benefits greatly from it. It’ll only be a matter of time before they’re no longer catching opponents off guard, but by then, could they already be in line for 25-plus wins?
My ceiling for the Wizards is around 30-32 wins, which is why I’m making this my NBA bet of the day.
Jordan Poole: Wins NBA Most Improved Player (+1400)
BetMGM Sportsbook • WAGER: 0.5 Units
Poole’s performance in the 2023 NBA Playoffs was disappointing, but don’t let that distract from his play in the regular season. The 24-year-old appeared in all 82 games and averaged career-high marks in points (20.4) and assists (4.5) per game.
Poole will seemingly be the No. 1 offensive option for the Wizards in 2023-24, and as one of the league’s more willing shooters, his numbers can only go up from here. Even if his efficiency drops off a bit, Poole could still average over 25 points per game, if not more.
With that in mind, Poole looks like a potential candidate to win Most Improved Player. He sits near the top of the NBA MIP odds, and with a few impressive performances early in the season, he could quickly establish himself as one of the favorites.
Get in on this price now before a hot start strips away the value.
Wizards: Make Play-In Tournament (+750)
BetMGM Sportsbook • WAGER: 0.1 Units
I’m not sold on this prop — hence the 0.1-unit wager — but at (+750), I can’t ignore the potential value here if we all end up being wrong about the Wizards.
There’s always one team in each conference that makes a surprise push to the playoffs, and who’s to say that won’t be Washington? Poole, Kuzma, and Jones have all been around experienced players on title-contending teams, and I expect that to show.
Wes Unseld Jr. has guided the team to consecutive 35-47 finishes, but he’s arguably gotten better with each year. With an all-new team (and a lot of luck, which is probably the most important factor), the Wizards clinching a spot in the NBA Play-In Tournament wouldn’t be the craziest thing that’s happened lately.
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How to Bet on Wizards Games 2023
How to Bet Wizards Moneylines
Moneyline betting is the preferred option for many bettors, and it’s not hard to see why. This type of wager is one of the easiest to win — all you need to do to cash your bet is correctly choose the winning team in a game.
A team’s moneyline odds will vary depending on the matchup, venue, and injuries, to name a few. For example, the Wizards would be favored at home against the Pistons, but on the road against the Bucks, their chances of winning would be extremely slim.
You can earn a larger payout by correctly picking a team to pull off an upset, but it’s important to keep in mind that favorites generally win games. Striking a balance between backing favorites and underdogs is the best strategy to employ with moneyline bets.
- 2022-23 Wizards Moneyline Record: 35-47
How to Bet Wizards Spreads
Spread betting is another popular bet type, though, unlike moneylines, a team doesn’t necessarily have to win the game for your bet to cash.
If the Wizards are playing the Bucks, Washington might be set as a 10.5-point underdog. In this case, the Wizards would have to either win the game or lose by less than 10.5 points. Otherwise, if you bet on the Bucks to cover as favorites, they would have to win by more than 10.5 points.
Spread betting can be a great way to get value on teams that either don’t win many games or come out on top so often that it no longer becomes profitable to bet their moneyline odds.
- 2022-23 Wizards Against the Spread Record: 37-41-4
How to Bet Wizards Over/Unders
Unlike other popular betting options, Over/Unders focus on the total number of points scored in a game. A line is set before the game begins, and you would bet on either the Over or the Under, depending on whether you believe more or fewer points will be scored than the projected total.
In a game between the Wizards and Pistons, the line might be set at 222.5 points. In this case, the Over would hit if 223 or more points are scored, while the Under would otherwise be the winning bet.
Once again, it’s important to monitor who will and won’t be playing in a game before betting. With Over/Unders, a total could look deceptively low, and you may bet the Over before you realize that several star players aren’t playing.
- 2022-23 Wizards Over/Under Record: 41-39-2